Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Chicken


  • 3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 5 cloves of mashed garlic
  • 1 ginger root (sliced thin and lengthwise)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • Optional: A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Optional: Pineapple slices for grilling
  • Garnish: Chopped green onions and sesame seeds


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
    • Add the mashed garlic and ginger slices to the mixture.
    • For a twist, add a tablespoon of sesame oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  2. Marinate the Chicken:
    • Place the chicken thighs in the marinade, ensuring each piece is well coated.
    • Marinate in the refrigerator. For best results, marinate for 24 hours, though you can marinate for up to 3 days.
  3. Grill the Chicken:
    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
    • Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill each side until well-charred and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
    • Optionally, grill pineapple slices alongside the chicken until charred and tender.
  4. Final Touches:
    • If you like, transfer the grilled chicken to a pot on the grill. Add a bit of fresh teriyaki sauce and let it steam for a few minutes. This makes the chicken even more tender and juicy.
    • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  5. Serve:
    • Garnish the chicken with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
    • Serve with the grilled pineapple on the side.

Enjoy this delightful dish that brings a Hawaiian breeze to your dining table! Here’s a visual representation to inspire you

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  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (3 pounds)

Pantry Items:

  • Soy Sauce (1 cup)
  • Granulated Sugar (1 cup)
  • Sesame Oil (optional, 1 tablespoon)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional, a pinch)
  • Cornstarch (optional, for thickening sauce)


  • Fresh Garlic (5 cloves)
  • Ginger Root (1 piece)
  • Green Onions (for garnish)
  • Pineapple (optional, for grilling)
  • Sesame Seeds (for garnish)


  • Water

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