Homemade teriyaki beats the store stuff or fast food, hands down. The sauce takes minutes to make. Pour over chicken thighs and bake. Serve with sugar snap peas and brown or black rice. Tamari is wheat-free, gluten-free soy sauce.
Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, Teriyaki, thighs
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
1/4cuplow sodium tamarior low sodium soy sauce
2tablespoonscoconut sugaror golden brown sugar
1 tablespoondry sherryoptional
1tablespoonunseasoned rice vinegar
2teaspoonsfinely grated gingeror jar puree
2teaspoonstoasted sesame oil
2 teaspoonscorn starch
2poundsboneless, skinless chicken thighs
2teaspoonsblack sesame seedsoptional
1 tablespoonchopped green onions for garnshoptional
Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
Make teriyaki sauce. Combine tamari, water, mirin, coconut sugar, sherry, rice vinegar, ginger and sesame oil in a jar and shake until well combined. Add the corn starch and water to a separate small bowl and whisk or stir until smooth. This is called a slurry. Place sauce liquid in a small (2 quart) pan and bring to almost a boil. Add slurry whisking fast until smooth. Cook for 1 minute to get rid of any starchy taste. If sauce is too thick, thin with a little water. If it is lumpy from the slurry, strain or puree the teriyaki sauce in a blender.
Trim any excess fat from the chicken thighs. Spread the coconut oil over the bottom of a medium casserole dish. Place the thighs in a flat layer in the dish, smooth side up. Pour 1/2 cup of the teriyaki sauce over the top and spread across the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until thighs reach 165°F internally when measured with a digital thermometer. Serve baked chicken thighs with the sauce from the casserole, sprinkled with green onions. If you want, serve extra sauce on the side.
Ingredient Notes - Tamari is gluten-free, wheat-free soy sauce. I buy San-J 50% Low Sodium Tamari, and it's non-GMO. Mirin is a Japanese rice cooking wine. Be sure to read labels when you buy it and skip the fake stuff with corn syrup. I buy only Eden Foods brand. For cornstarch, buy organic only or you will be buying GMO. If you want to skip sugar, try using a little stevia or honey.