Lemon Teriyaki Chicken

Today’s nom nom can’t get any easier. But just because this is “easy” by no means it isn’t delicious or won’t impress even your native Japanese guests. This is one dish that will help erase that fear of Japanese cooking. I promise.

lemon teriyaki - ingredients

See? That is all we need. Tissue on the background not included – only for wiping your lips later!


  • 300 g chicken thighs with skin, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp Japanese cooking rice wine (not on photo)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil (I used olive oil)
  • 4 Tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce*
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice * (I used 1/2 medium sized lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar *

Combine ingredients marked with * in a separate small bowl.


1. Marinate the chicken pieces with a dash of rice wine, salt and pepper. Se aside for at least 10 minutes.

Note: Don’t add too much salt as this recipe has soy sauce which is already salty. Also, it is ok to leave the chicken marinated longer than 10 minutes. No need to fret here. I do not want to be the cause of heart attacks.

2. Coat the marinated chicken pieces with cornstarch.

Now, this is another stress occuring task but there’s a get around to it!

  • Get a plastic bag and place the cornstarch there. Drain the chicken pieces and put them in the plastic bag too. Right, where the cornstarch is.

lemon teriyaki - cornstarch in a bag

  • Close the bag and gently squeeze in the chicken pieces with your hand from outside the plastic so they are evenly coated with the cornstarch.

lemon teriyaki - coating with cornstarch undirty

3. Place oil in shallow fry pan. When it’s hot, bring the fire to medium and fry the chicken pieces.

lemon teriyaki - fry chicken

4. Continue frying until all the chicken sides have turned brown. The skin should be crisp for that added ooomph factor later.

lemon teriyaki - brown chicken

5. When the chicken has been thoroughly fried all over, remove excess oil.

6. Pour the sauce on the browned chicken and mix well. Note that there isn’t much oil left just before I pour the sauce!

lemon teriyaki - add sauce

7. Serve with lettuce, cucumber or any side vegetable you like. My husband eats them off from the frying pan.

lemon teriyaki - dekiagari

The tangy taste of lemon makes a delicious twist for this simple teriyaki recipe. It’s even a good variation for the usual fried chicken. Good served with rice, by itself, to place in lunch boxes or accompanied with beer – if you’re 21 years or older!

Dozo, meshi agare (Enjoy your meal)!


UAE/Dubai residents can get various Japanese ingredients from the Japanese store, Dean’s Fujiya located near Lamcy Plaza in Bur Dubai. Telephone: 04-337-0401.


    1. It IS easy..just make sure you use Kikkoman soy sauce, not Silver Swan (a Filipino soy sauce) as it tends to be too salty. :

      BTW, is it OK for you to cook something with alcohol? This recipe (as most Japanese dishes) requires Rice wine 😦

      But the spirit of alcohol, I believe, tends to evaporate when heated so it should be ok? I don’t know the taste without rice wine..you can tell me once you’ve tried cooking without one! 🙂



  1. I did a little research to find out what can be used as a non-alcoholic substitute for rice wine and it’s white grape juice. The flavor probably won’t be exactly the same but I’ll make do with it for now. I can finally try to prepare some of the recipes you’ve posted.

    Now, where to find Kikkoman soy sauce? 🙂
    .-= CandyQ´s last blog ..flashback on Twitter =-.



  2. so i don’t actually need to use teriyaki sauce at all then? is teriyaki sauce even used by japanese lol!

    I often order this at restaurants and its so tasty! Now i know it’s easy it’s going to be a hit at dinner and in the lunch box for the next day. yay!

    I believe you can substitute the rice wine for something like schloer which is a sparkling grape juice and is non-alcoholic.

    has anyone tried to evaporate the alcohol in the rice wine first, cooled it down and then use it in the marinade?



  3. xeeet kalami!!! cge pag post pag mga recipes beh. mura na ning cooking lesson imong blog hehe. cge go kay mag awat ko luto2.. naay mga dessert?



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