Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken (Baked or Grilled)

This easy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is a delicious weeknight meal. Chicken is marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce full of pineapple flavor (store bought sauce will work fine if you’re in a rush). Grill or bake them to perfection and serve them over white rice for an easy and delicious dinner option!

We love making teriyaki chicken pineapple bowls with our favorite fried rice!

A baking dish of freshly baked pineapple teriyaki chicken breasts topped with green onions and sesame seeds.

Did you know that teriyaki is actually a technique of cooking? It’s a Japanese method of grilling or broiling with a combination of sugar and soy sauce (and often mirin). This recipe is great baked in the oven (and then broiled) and perfect in the summer when you’re craving Grilled Chicken!

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients

I love teriyaki, it has great flavor and is perfect for Teriyaki Chicken stir fry, great for teriyaki pork and of course wonderful for chicken!  This recipe has fairly basic ingredients, most of which you’ have on hand!

  • Chicken: I love to juiciness of chicken thighs in this recipe. You can use chicken breasts if you’d prefer, adjust the cook time so the chicken reaches 165°F.

A bowl of pineapple teriyaki chicken on a bed of rice with steamed bok choi and fresh green onions.

  • Pineapple: Adding a bit of pineapple juice to the teriyaki sauce adds great flavor! You can swap out the pineapple for orange juice in the sauce. The sweetness of teriyaki lends itself well to various fruits (like fresh mango). I use canned pineapple rings in this recipe since it’s easy but you can use tidbits (if you’re making this recipe in the oven) or fresh or frozen pineapple.
  • Teriyaki Sauce: This recipe uses homemade sauce but any store bought sauce will work too. You’ll want a thicker sauce (more the consistency of barbecue sauce). If your store bought sauce is thin, you can add a splash of pineapple juice and thicken it with a bit of cornstarch as directed below.

This is a slight variation from a traditional teriyaki sauce, but it has SO much flavor. I like to baste (or brush) the sauce onto the chicken as soon as I put them on the grill or bake them to ensure that it has a chance to caramelize to the chicken!

Pineapple teriyaki chicken in a baking dish with pineapples, green onions, and teriyaki sauce ready to be baked.

How To Make Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

To make this easy pineapple teriyaki chicken recipe:

  1. MIX: Mix the teriyaki sauce ingredients together. Reserve half of the sauce to thicken for basting.
  2. MARINADE: Marinate the chicken breasts for about 4 hours or overnight in the teriyaki sauce. I like to do this in a freezer bag. If you’re short on time, try to marinate for at least 30 minutes if possible, the longer you do, the better the flavor!
  3. GRILL OR BAKE: Grill chicken for about 7 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F with a meat thermometer. Alternatively (in the winter), bake in the oven.

A spoon lifting a baked pineapple teriyaki chicken breast out of a baking dish.

What To Serve With Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple teriyaki chicken is sweet but has a lot of flavor and is best paired with sides that are light and fresh. I like to serve pineapple teriyaki chicken with rice, but it’s also great with Sesame Ginger Snap Peas, bok choy, or Steamed Broccoli.

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Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

This easy pineapple teriyaki chicken is the perfect dinner recipe! 

  • 6 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 6 Pineapple Rings
  • 3 green onions (cut into 1/2" pieces)
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce (store bought or homemade below)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
  • sesame seeds and green onion for garnish (optional)

Teriyaki Sauce (or use store bought)

  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root (grated)
  • 1 green onion (minced)
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients.  Set half of the sauce aside and refrigerate.

  2. Combine chicken with remaining sauce. Marinate 4 hours or overnight if possible. 

  3. Thicken Remaining Teriyaki Sauce: Place reserved sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Add cornstarch a little at a time to reach desired consistency, you may not use all of it.

To Bake

  1. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Place chicken, pineapple rings and green onions in a 9×13 pan. Top with thickened teriyaki sauce.

  2. Bake at 425˚F oven for 25 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F. Broil 3-5 minutes or until brown.

To Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium.

  2. Grill chicken basting with thickened sauce for about 6-8 minutes per side or until no pink remains. Grill pineapple slices for 5 minutes.

The top photo shows pineapple teriyaki chicken in a white baking dish. The bottom photo shows one piece served on a bed of rice, a side of bok choy, with green onions for garnish

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Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken (Baked or Grilled)

This easy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is a delicious weeknight meal. Chicken is marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce full of pineapple flavor (store bought sauce will work fine if you’re in a rush). Grill or bake them to perfection and serve them over white rice for an easy and delicious dinner option!

We love making teriyaki chicken pineapple bowls with our favorite fried rice!

A baking dish of freshly baked pineapple teriyaki chicken breasts topped with green onions and sesame seeds.

Did you know that teriyaki is actually a technique of cooking? It’s a Japanese method of grilling or broiling with a combination of sugar and soy sauce (and often mirin). This recipe is great baked in the oven (and then broiled) and perfect in the summer when you’re craving Grilled Chicken!

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients

I love teriyaki, it has great flavor and is perfect for Teriyaki Chicken stir fry, great for teriyaki pork and of course wonderful for chicken!  This recipe has fairly basic ingredients, most of which you’ have on hand!

  • Chicken: I love to juiciness of chicken thighs in this recipe. You can use chicken breasts if you’d prefer, adjust the cook time so the chicken reaches 165°F.

A bowl of pineapple teriyaki chicken on a bed of rice with steamed bok choi and fresh green onions.

  • Pineapple: Adding a bit of pineapple juice to the teriyaki sauce adds great flavor! You can swap out the pineapple for orange juice in the sauce. The sweetness of teriyaki lends itself well to various fruits (like fresh mango). I use canned pineapple rings in this recipe since it’s easy but you can use tidbits (if you’re making this recipe in the oven) or fresh or frozen pineapple.
  • Teriyaki Sauce: This recipe uses homemade sauce but any store bought sauce will work too. You’ll want a thicker sauce (more the consistency of barbecue sauce). If your store bought sauce is thin, you can add a splash of pineapple juice and thicken it with a bit of cornstarch as directed below.

This is a slight variation from a traditional teriyaki sauce, but it has SO much flavor. I like to baste (or brush) the sauce onto the chicken as soon as I put them on the grill or bake them to ensure that it has a chance to caramelize to the chicken!

Pineapple teriyaki chicken in a baking dish with pineapples, green onions, and teriyaki sauce ready to be baked.

How To Make Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

To make this easy pineapple teriyaki chicken recipe:

  1. MIX: Mix the teriyaki sauce ingredients together. Reserve half of the sauce to thicken for basting.
  2. MARINADE: Marinate the chicken breasts for about 4 hours or overnight in the teriyaki sauce. I like to do this in a freezer bag. If you’re short on time, try to marinate for at least 30 minutes if possible, the longer you do, the better the flavor!
  3. GRILL OR BAKE: Grill chicken for about 7 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F with a meat thermometer. Alternatively (in the winter), bake in the oven.

A spoon lifting a baked pineapple teriyaki chicken breast out of a baking dish.

What To Serve With Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple teriyaki chicken is sweet but has a lot of flavor and is best paired with sides that are light and fresh. I like to serve pineapple teriyaki chicken with rice, but it’s also great with Sesame Ginger Snap Peas, bok choy, or Steamed Broccoli.

More Weeknight Favorites

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

This easy pineapple teriyaki chicken is the perfect dinner recipe! 

  • 6 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 6 Pineapple Rings
  • 3 green onions (cut into 1/2" pieces)
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce (store bought or homemade below)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
  • sesame seeds and green onion for garnish (optional)

Teriyaki Sauce (or use store bought)

  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root (grated)
  • 1 green onion (minced)
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients.  Set half of the sauce aside and refrigerate.

  2. Combine chicken with remaining sauce. Marinate 4 hours or overnight if possible. 

  3. Thicken Remaining Teriyaki Sauce: Place reserved sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Add cornstarch a little at a time to reach desired consistency, you may not use all of it.

To Bake

  1. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Place chicken, pineapple rings and green onions in a 9×13 pan. Top with thickened teriyaki sauce.

  2. Bake at 425˚F oven for 25 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F. Broil 3-5 minutes or until brown.

To Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium.

  2. Grill chicken basting with thickened sauce for about 6-8 minutes per side or until no pink remains. Grill pineapple slices for 5 minutes.

The top photo shows pineapple teriyaki chicken in a white baking dish. The bottom photo shows one piece served on a bed of rice, a side of bok choy, with green onions for garnish

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Mouthwatering Pork Teriyaki!

Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin.  Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork can be grilled, baked in the oven, or prepared it in your slow cooker.

Scrumptious and low in fat, a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin is a fork-tender cut of meat, and is super juicy when treated right. It really benefits from quick cooking at a high temperature and marinating in a rich liquid or sauce, such as teriyaki marinade for pork.

Grilled Pork Teriyaki Sandwich on a toasted roll with cucumbers and cilantro

Pork Teriyaki

When you’re making pork teriyaki, don’t make the mistake of buying pork loin in place of tenderloin. Although it sounds very similar, pork loin comes from a different part of the animal, and is a fattier, tougher cut that benefits more from low, slow roasting.

Pork tenderloin is a boneless, lean cylinder piece of meat and it’s perfect for slicing into medallions, as called for in this teriyaki pork tenderloin recipe. Be aware that pork tenderloin often has a tough section of silvery-white connective tissue on parts of the surface, known as “silverskin.” The silverskin does not soften with cooking, and needs to be trimmed off before slicing. It’s white/silver in color. Slip a knife under this piece of tissue and remove it before marinating or cooking.

Choose Thick Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce is made with soy sauce as the foundation and has brown sugar for sweetness and garlic and ginger for flavor. It’s the sugar that makes teriyaki such a great marinade for meat. When proteins in meat combine with sugars or carbs during cooking, the result is a delectable caramelized glaze.

If you buy bottled teriyaki, be sure to get the thick teriyaki sauce (you want the consistency of bbq sauce, not the one that is runny like soy sauce).

Pork Teriyaki with sesame seeds on a grill pan

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How to Make Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin on the grill is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Slice the pork loin into chunks and pound to 1/2″ thick.
  2. Marinate in teriyaki sauce (4-5 hours if you have time)
  3. Place on a medium-hot grill, 3-4 minutes per side (it’s quick)!!

Remember that pork tenderloin should be cooked to 145°F and can be a little bit pink in the middle. It only needs a few minutes each side.

Serve on a bun or over rice with steamed broccoli and enjoy! We always toast the rolls with a bit of Homemade Garlic Butter for great flavor. Add in some cucumbers and cilantro for freshness and enjoy!

If you’re not up to grilling, then teriyaki pork can be broiled in the oven. Place on a foil lined pan (teriyaki sauce is sticky and difficult to clean) and broil 4″ from the heat for about 5 minutes per side or just until pork reaches 145°F.

Pork Teriyaki on a baking sheet with cilantro

What Goes With Teriyaki Pork

Teriyaki pork goes great with coleslaw, spicy-hot kimchee, and sweet potato fries.

We usually serve this with a fresh salad Easy Kale Salad with Fresh Lemon DressingFresh Corn Salad or easy Potato Salad.

So delicious! Enjoy!

Barbecued Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin.  Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork is always a favorite. 

  • 2 Pork Tenderloin (1lb each) (Cut in 4-5 pieces each)
  • 2 cups teriyaki Sauce (ensure it's thick sauce)
  • 2 large onions (Sliced)
  • 2 sliced green onions (optional)
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  1. Cut each pork tenderloin into 4-5 pieces, pound pork pieces until 1/2″ thick.

  2. Marinate pork medallions in teriyaki sauce and onion slices for 4-6 hours

  3. Preheat grill to high. Grill the Pork Medallions on high 3-4 minutes per side

  4. If desired, place onions on a grill tray and grill for 5 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.  (Keep a close eye on the onions so they don’t burn)

  5. Sprinkle pork with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

We love to serve the pork medallions on toasted rolls with chopped green onions. Serve and Enjoy!

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Teriyaki Chicken is a special treat!

Incredibly quick and easy Teriyaki Chicken recipe is a weeknight dinner winner. Ready in minutes, this simple take out classic is made with just a few ingredients and is faster than delivery.

I love great Asian inspired dishes, like Shrimp Stir Fry with Zucchini NoodlesCashew Chicken Stir FryBeef and Broccoli and the very popular Easy Mongolian Beef.

Teriyaki Chicken on a bed of rice with green beans on a white plate with a pan of teriyaki chicken in the background

Take Out at Home

I’m a fanatic for Chinese take out and lived on it for years. The delivery driver knew me by name if I ran into him on the street he was at my house so often. It was a little shameful, especially since I totally know how to cook!

So, I decided, years ago, to start making my favorite take out dinners at home and I’m so glad I did! Quick and easy, Chinese take out classics are super speedy to get on the table in less time it takes for the delivery guy to get to the door. This Teriyaki Chicken recipe is no exception!

Teriyaki Chicken in a pan with a wooden spoon and green beans in the background

Teriyaki Chicken

So what is Teriyaki Chicken? It is a common Japanese dish that’s popular in a lot of restaurants. Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking technique where the chicken is broiled or grilled with a teriyaki style glaze made of soy sauce, mirin and sugar.

For this Japanese chicken Teriyaki recipe, we simplified the process by stir frying the chicken in a teriyaki sauce which caramelizes and creates a golden brown, crispy exterior on the chicken, which is simply addicting.

Teriyaki Chicken sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onions, white rice and green beans served on a white plate with a fork

Making Teriyaki Sauce (it’s easy)

To make this easy Teriyaki Chicken stir fry recipe, first you need to make the chicken teriyaki sauce.  Using my favorite Teriyaki Sauce Recipe, it’s so easy and only takes a few minutes to whip up this easy sauce, which doubles as a teriyaki chicken marinade. What is Teriyaki Sauce Made of? This easy sauce has sweet (brown sugar), salty (soy sauce), and loads of flavor (ginger/garlic).

If you’re short on time, you can substitute with a bottled teriyaki sauce.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken

  1. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and toss in the teriyaki sauce.
  2. Sprinkle the coated chicken pieces with the flour and toss to coat. Brown in batches in oil until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Deglaze the pan with orange juice and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan (this is where the flavor is).
  4. Return all the cooked chicken to the skillet and toss with the remaining sauce. Garnish and serve.

More Takeout at Home

Teriyaki Chicken in a pan with a wooden spoon with two white plates with chicken teriyaki served with white rice and green beans with a fork

If you want to make this meal ahead of time, you can cut up your chicken and store in a zip top container or bowl with a bit of the teriyaki sauce to marinade a bit. This will only boost the flavor of your already awesome Teriyaki Chicken.

And definitely don’t skip the orange juice when you deglaze the pan. The orange juice helps to offset some of the sweetness often common in Teriyaki Chicken and helps thicken the sauce.  It also releases all the brown, caramelized bits on the bottom of the pan which just takes the sauce to another level of awesome.

What to Serve with Teriyaki Chicken

Some of my favorite things to serve with this Teriyaki Chicken recipe are:

Once you’ve learned how to cook Teriyaki chicken at home, you’ll never order take out again!

Teriyaki Chicken

Quick and easy, Teriyaki Chicken is simple to make at home with just a few ingredients you can keep in your pantry.

  • 1 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (divided)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • green onions and sesame seeds (optional garnish)
  1. Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and the chicken to a bowl. Toss to coat.

  2. Whisk together the flour, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chicken with the flour mixture and toss to coat.

  3. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.

  4. Add the chicken to the pan in batches being sure not to crowd the pan. Cook the chicken until golden brown and crispy on all sides, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a platter and repeat with remaining chicken.

  5. Once all the chicken is cooked, add the orange juice to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the brown bits.

  6. Return the chicken to the pan and add the remaining teriyaki sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil and then remove from the heat.

  7. Top the chicken with the green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Serve immediately.

 

 

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