Chicken Teriyaki – Microwave Only

Main Course

Where do you keep your meat at home? I keep most of them in the freezer so whenever I want to cook something with them, I have to take them out from the freezer hours in advance or the night before to defrost.

In this recipe, you can use rock solid frozen chicken without thawing it. Very convenient when you have nothing in your fridge but lots of meat in your freezer. We only microwave so it’s fast and easy. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner!


  • A frozen chicken thigh (approx. 300g)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 0.5 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 0.5 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. In a large microwaveable bowl (I used 8.5 inch sized glass bowl), add sugar, soy sauce, grated garlic, grated ginger and sesame oil. Mix them well.
  2. Take a frozen chicken, dip it in water and place it in the bowl, skin side down. Here, it is perfectly ok if chicken is not dipped in the seasonings.
  3. Cover loosely, making sure the air can go through, and microwave on medium high (600 watts) for 7 minutes.
  4. Turn the chicken upside down, microwave for another 4 minutes without a cover.
  5. Cut the chicken and serve with the sauce.


  • Make sure the chicken is fully cooked before eating! Depending on the size and thickness of the chicken, above time might not be enough.
  • If you want to make this with thawed chicken, pierce/prick it with a fork and microwave on medium high (600 watts) for 6 minutes. If not done, turn it upside down and microwave for 1 more minute.
  • For ginger and garlic, it would be best to use the freshly grated ones. For easier option, you can use ready-to-use tubed ones, or powder.

Where is this recipe from?

Yuri Yamamoto, a famous blogger and cooking columnist. Published more than 10 recipe books and >6 million copies are sold.

I have been reading her blog for many years now. Not only her recipes are good, her writing is really good! She has this comedian touch which makes me giggle.