Barbecued Teriyaki Chicken Marinade: Easy Grilling Idea


The base for this Barbecued Teriyaki Chicken recipe is a marinade that requires only 4 ingredients. It can be made ahead and frozen for busy days or used the same day you make it. The choice is yours.

Hi there, friends. I’m Rita Joy from Harbour Breeze Home, and I’m soaking up the sun that’s shining outside my window today! It brings with it warmer weather, and makes me think that tonight would be a perfect night to barbecue!

Since the warm weather has (finally!) arrived, I’ve started changing up my dinner recipes to include barbecue meals. One of my favorite time-saving tricks is to buy skinless, boneless chicken breasts in bulk. Then, before freezing them, I make marinades and package them in dinner-sized portions in Ziploc bags.

On the day I want to use one, I just pull it out and let it thaw. As it thaws, it marinades! It works great and saves time.

Today’s recipe is our favorite chicken marinade!

Barbecued chicken on a white plate with green salad and roasted sweet potatoes #grilllrecipes #easydinnerrecipes #chickenrecipes

How to Make Barbecued Teriyaki Chicken

What you need

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The entire recipe is in the printable recipe card further below. But here is what you will need from the store.

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I hope these step-by-step pictures help you out. It’s a pretty simple recipe, but I always appreciate photos that show me all the steps.

soy sauce being poured into measuring cup

1. Create the marinade

First, you need to mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic for your marinade.

a spoon full of brown sugar being poured into a measuring cup of soy sauce

2. Use a garlic press

But if you don’t have a garlic press, you can also just use a few teaspoons of chopped garlic. There are usually some jars of chopped garlic in the produce section of the grocery store.

garlic in a garlic press being added to the soy sauce and brown sugar mixture

3. Soak the chicken in the marinade

Now split up the chicken in the Ziploc bags and pour the marinade on the chicken.

chicken breasts and marinade in a ziploc bag

4. Freeze or refrigerate the Chicken

At this point, it can be frozen for later use, or if you want to use it the same day, refrigerate and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. (I let it marinate all day long.)

5. Grill the chicken

Now you are ready to grill the chicken. You can either use an indoor grill or the one outside. Either works.

To check to see if the chicken is fully cooked, slice one in half and make sure there is no pink showing.

barbecue chicken on white plate along with a green spinach salad and roasted sweet potatoes

I served this along with spinach salad and roasted sweet potatoes. However, it would also be delicious served on a bun with pineapple and a side of macaroni salad. The possibilities abound!

If you have leftover chicken, try shredding it up to make these BBQ chicken tostadas for an easy weeknight family dinner!

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Barbecued Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

The base for this Barbecued Teriyaki Chicken recipe is a marinade that requires only 4 ingredients. It can be made ahead and frozen for busy days or used the same day you make it. The choice is yours.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Marinade, grilling, kid friendly
Servings: 4
Calories: 34kcal
Author: Rita Joy Harder



  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 Garlic Cloves crushed


  • Pour 1/4 cup soy sauce into measuring cup.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar to the soy sauce.
  • Press in 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and stir everything together.
  • Pour the marinade on chicken and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 812mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally published May 2018. Updated May 2020.

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