This five-ingredient marinade for teriyaki chicken has no added sugar, soy, or alcohol. Just simple real-food ingredients for that perfect savory ginger-garlic flavor that results in a delicious chicken dinner every time! 

Prep: 5 mins.Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 1x


  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or legs*
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos**
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl, zip-top plastic bag (or a freezer-safe container, if you plan to freeze the chicken).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, avocado oil, sesame oil, garlic powder, and ginger powder.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken, then cover bowl or close bag. Gently toss or massage to coat the chicken pieces evenly.
  4. Marinate the covered chicken in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 2-3 days before cooking. Or, to freeze, remove as much air from the freezer-safe container as possible, and freeze the chicken in the marinade for up to 2 months.


* If using chicken legs or bone-in chicken thighs, increase to 1 ½ lbs.

**Can substitute ½ tablespoon soy sauce or tamari. Read more about why we recommend coconut aminos in this post.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 4 oz marinated chicken breast
  • Calories: 145
  • Fat: 4 g
  • (Sat Fat: 1 g)
  • Sodium: 189 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 1 g
  • (Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g)
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Cholesterol: 66 mg


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