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Although food and recipes are not one of my main categories on Lifting Motherhood, I wanted to add a few of my favorite recipes such as this Korean BBQ-style chicken teriyaki recipe. If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram for more food videos and food-related stories.
I come from a Korean culture where everything revolves around food (as you may already know). It seriously seems like every Korean person I know is a foodie. We love taking pictures of food, eating delicious food, and get very adventurous with food.
Growing up, I watched my mom cook in the kitchen every day for our family. She started teaching me how to cook when I was a kid and as I started getting older, I learned more and more. When I lived on my own, I started recreating dishes of my own without measurements but rather by taste.
I got adventurous and started throwing in ingredients that typically don’t go in certain dishes because it made the food taste uniquely scrumptious. My mom never measured out ingredients. And I rarely ever saw her using a cookbook.
That’s probably why I’m one of those people that don’t measure out ingredients and go by taste. I like to throw in ingredients by eye and hope that it’s the right amount! I always start with a little and add more of whatever it needs as I go.
Main Dishes We Typically Eat
The majority of the food I make is Korean or Japanese. And although my husband is caucasian, I swear he loves Korean food more than I do. It’s great though because it’s become my favorite type of food to cook.
Korean Chicken Teriyaki Recipe
Before I begin, all of the ingredients I include can be found at a Korean store nearby. I’ll even include substitutions to each ingredient that you can find at your local grocery store.
The ingredients shown above:
- 2 small packs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp Korean Rice Wine (Mirin) can be substituted with white cooking wine
- 1 tbsp Korean beef stock powder (Dashida) can be substituted with regular beef stock
- 2 tbsp minced ginger
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 cup low sodium soy sauce (I have realized that Korean soy sauce and the soy sauce from Walmart’s international aisle taste different but you can substitute with that one)
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 medium sliced onions (I decided to just use extra diced ones I had in the fridge)
- 2 tbsp Red peppers (optional)
I’m not a huge fan of chicken breast. There are dishes where I’d rather use chicken breast than thighs but for this particular recipe, chicken thighs are a must. Chicken breasts tend to be a little dry for my taste.
Chicken Teriyaki Recipe Step-by-step Instructions
I want this recipe to be as easy as possible for you! This is my go-to chicken recipe for days where I don’t know what to eat. I’ll put together the marinade, marinate the chicken overnight, and put them on the grill to eat for dinner and lunch for the following day.
Please note that if you’re only making one pack of thighs, then you don’t need to use two cups of soy sauce. I made a big batch for my husband and I so that is why I used more than two cups of soy sauce.
Grab a large bowl and mix all of your ingredients in the bowl.
Mix all the ingredients and taste.
Too salty? Add a little bit of water and brown sugar.
Too sweet? Add some salt or more beef stock.
Grab a Tupperware and your pack(s) of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Place the chicken thighs in the Tupperware.
Pour the sauce on the thighs and mix! The chicken thighs will be sort of folded so you’ll have to unfold them and make sure the marinade is in there good to soak overnight.
Now you just have to put your marinate chicken thighs in the fridge overnight and grill! I know a lot of recipes that require marinating meats says to marinade from 3-5 hours.
However, I have grilled marinated chicken that has been marinated for only a few hours. And it’s not as good as it would be if it was marinated overnight.
I highly recommend you plan ahead and be sure to marinate the day before you plan to eat it. Let me know if you enjoyed this Korean chicken teriyaki recipe in the comments below!