Japanese Ginza Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

On this date last year, the tsunami hit Japan.  Homes destroyed, whole communities washed away in minutes… so many families and friends lost. My heart goes out to all of those that were touched by this tragedy in any way and I would like to dedicate this post to them.

It’s a very special post, because the recipe is from Kathy, a dear friend of Japanese heritage.   Kathy is one of Chicago’s foremost food stylists and I was delighted that she wanted to prepare the food that you see here.  The beautiful pottery was collected by her family on their trips to Japan.

Kathy prepares this dish for her family for Sunday supper often, it’s one of their favorite meals…it was even served at her wedding.

Anniversaries like this always remind me of just how important it is to hold your friends and family dear and close to your heart.  This Sunday, let’s take a moment to honor the people of Japan and all they have endured this year.



Japanese Ginza Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Delicious and the recipe contains a secret ingredient!


3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Mogen David wine
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 clove crushed garlic


Add all ingredients in a saucepan, stir and simmer till the sugar is totally dissolved.
Let the mixture cool.
Arrange the chicken in a container and pour the cooled sauce on it and let it marinate overnight.
35 minutes before you want to serve chicken.
Light your grill so that it will be ready in 20 minutes.
Place chicken and sauce in deep pan and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on.
Remove chicken from pan, place on grill and turn frequently and bast with the sauce till done (about 15 minutes).
Serve with soba noodles and rice cakes. Garnish with watercress, if desired.



8 Responses to “Japanese Ginza Chicken Teriyaki Recipe”

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    Anna — Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Great remembrance to the Tsunami and Fukushima disaster that killed and injured so many on March 12 2011. I am saddened to hear that March 14 2012, just over a year later, a 6.8 Earthquake occurred in Northern Japan and another hit Tokyo afterwards. Here’s to the safety and wellbeing of everyone there.

    • Susie replied: — March 14th, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

      Yes, I too was devastated when I read that Japan had been hit by another earthquake/tsunami! Thank you for your comment!

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    Anna — Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    …I forgot to include this clip from a really good 60 minutes episode that talks about the sister town in the U.S.A. of Otsuchi Japan and the relationship between the people in the two towns. The clip is only about 12 minutes and I found it really worthwhile. You might too. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7383156n

    • Susie replied: — March 14th, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

      Thank you for adding this…I hope that everyone views the clip is touched by the story as much as I was!

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    Mathilde — Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    This look stunning, I guess it is delicious too ! thank you for the recipe

    • Susie replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, glad you liked the post!

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    Lorine Haverback — Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Thanks Susie for posting this. If anyone of you are able to participate in this Japanese festival, do so! Not only is the chicken finger licking fantastic, there are show times for Japanese dance, taiko drums, and Japanese guitar playing. The other foods like: udon(Japanese noodles in broth) & sushi(not the fancy kind; ones that my Mom used to make) are also delicious! Japanese wares to buy. Awesome! I always wanted to know what was in the teriyaki chicken marinade. What a memorable way to remember those in Japan who are still struggling with their daily lives.

    • Susie replied: — March 31st, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment. I think that it’s a wonderful idea to enjoy learning about all cultures…it permits us to find that common thread that connects us all.

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