Juicy, flavorful keto-friendly Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe. Learn how to make easy Teriyaki Chicken perfect for your next Asian-inspired meal.
This chicken has become a family favorite for more reasons than how great it tastes. It’s healthy, easy to make and so delicious especially when we make it in our cast iron wok.
This recipe will teach you how to make delicious chicken thighs cooked in a low-sugar sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. This teriyaki chicken thighs recipe is a great choice if you are following a keto style or low carb diet. You’ll have all the flavor without extra carbs.
- chicken thighs – boneless, skinless
- low-sugar teriyaki sauce <– find the recipe HERE
- monk fruit zero calorie sugar substitute
HOW MUCH TERIYAKI SAUCE DO I NEED?
Plan on using about 1/2 cup sauce for every pound of chicken thighs. I like to make a double or triple batch of my homemade low-sugar teriyaki sauce. This way I have plenty and I have it ready whenever I’d like to make this teriyaki chicken recipe.
The original recipe ingredients are always best to use if able as the flavor and texture of the dish will change with any substitution. With that said, I know how life is and sometimes we need a substitution. Here are the substitutions I’d recommend.
If you can’t get ahold of chicken thighs, chicken breast or chicken tenders can be substituted. The fat content in chicken thighs makes it the best choice for this recipe as it will not dry out as quickly as breast or tender.
If substituting chicken breast or tender in this recipe, add browned chicken chunks back in after sauce has thickened to prevent overcooking.
LOW-SUGAR TERIYAKI SAUCE:
With only 4 ingredients lets make this healthy teriyaki sauce. If you find yourself lacking one or more of the ingredients try one of these substitutes. Note, the flavor of the sauce will be altered slightly depending on what substitute you use.
No mirin, no problem! Try substituting with dry sherry or sweet marsala wine. Mirin is on the sweeter side of things and has a thicker viscosity than most wines. If you don’t cook with alcohol you can also use rice vinegar but you will need to add about a 1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey to ever 1 tablespoon of vinegar used.
Sake is a Japanese sweet wine used in Asian-style cooking. If you can’t find sake at your local grocery store or Asian market here are a few substitution options. Substitute sake with Chinese rice wine or sherry.
Tamari is very similar to soy sauce. It only makes sense to have soy sauce as the substitute. I would fully recommend use LOW-SODIUM soy sauce because tamari is less salty than soy sauce. Using low sodium soy sauce will offer a more accurate substitution.
Monkfruit sweetener has been our go-to for this recipe. It dissolves well but if you don’t have any, don’t sweat it. You can use most zero calorie sugar substitutes like stevia or erythritol. Make sure you use the right ratio as some sweeteners are 1:1 sugar to sweetener or 2:1.
If you want to ditch the healthy train and go all in with regular sugar, feel free to do so. The recipe will remain the same amount of sugar in place of the sweetener. Just remember… this will change the classification from “healthy teriyaki chicken” to plain old “teriyaki chicken.” *wink*
HERE’S THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE. ENJOY!
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- 2 lbs chicken thighs, boneless, skinless cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup homemade Healthy Teriyaki Sauce (mirin, sake, tamari, monkfruit sugar)
- For Homemade Healthy Teriyaki Sauce recipe, click HERE
- Using a wok or skillet over medium high to high heat, add coconut oil and chicken chunks. Brown chicken thigh chunks (2-3 minutes). Remove from pan.
- Add homemade teriyaki sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once the sauce begins to thicken (3-5 minutes) add chicken thigh pieces back in.
- Stir constantly to avoid burning. Cook until sauce reduces and chicken thighs become very dark brown. (5-7 minutes). Chicken should reach 165F internally when done.
- Remove from pan. Serve immediately over rice, veggies and more.
YIELD: 1 1/2 TO 2 CUPS
Healthy Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup Mirin
- 1 cup Japanese Sake
- 1 cup Tamari
- 2/3 cup Monk fruit sugar (zero calorie sweetener)
- In a 2 quart sauce pan add all ingredients. Stir or whisk to combine. Bring to a boil.
- Set heat to medium high and let simmer until sauce has reduced by half, stirring occasionally. This can take up to 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat. use immediately or store in a jar with a lid in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Recipe inspired by Chloe Ting.