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Panda Express Teriyaki Chicken

Our Panda Express teriyaki chicken copycat recipe is so easy, you'll want to learn how to make this at home for dinner tonight.  The chicken thighs are marinated, then grilled and brushed with a delicious thick, sweet, and savory teriyaki glaze.  It's also gluten free friendly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: copycat recipe, panda express, Panda Express Grilled Teriyaki Chicken nutrition, teriyaki chicken
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Brooke


For the Grilled Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Marinade

For the Teriyaki Sauce

  • cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shoaxing wine or cooking sherry
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Whisk the ingredients together, then mix up the cornstarch slurry and whisk it into the marinade.  Place the chicken in a gallon zip-top bag and pour the marinade inside.  Massage the marinade into the chicken with your hand, close the bag, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • For the teriyaki sauce, whisk the rest of the ingredients, except the cornstarch slurry, in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium low, whisk in the thoroughly mixed cornstarch slurry, and let it simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.  Remove from the heat.  The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Place the meat on a plate and pat it dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.  Add the oil to a grill pan set over medium high heat and heat up the pan until it's hot, roughly 2 minutes.  Carefully place two chicken thighs in the grill pan and let them cook on medium high for 1 minute, then reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.  Flip over with tongs and cook the other side for 5 to 7 minutes.  Chicken is cooked when it has an internal temperature of 165 F on a meat thermometer and is no longer pink inside.  Repeat with the other 2 thighs.
  • Place the grilled meat on a plate and tent with foil.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • With a serrated knife, slice the meat across the grain in half-inch strips.
  • Reheat the sauce over medium low heat, then brush the sauce on top of the chicken.  Extra sauce can be used for a dipping sauce or for mixing with rice.  Serve the teriyaki chicken with steamed rice and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.


  • Save time by making the sauce and marinating the chicken night before.
  • Try to use fresh garlic and ginger in the sauce for the best flavor.
  • If you're using a cast iron grill pan, cook the chicken in batches.
  • Plan to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes.
  • If you like a sweet teriyaki sauce, increase the brown sugar by 2 tablespoons.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1160mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg