Baked Soy Sauce Chicken Marinade

Juicy and full of flavor, Baked Soy Sauce Chicken Marinade is your next favorite week night meal. Flavors of savory soy, toasted sesame oils and garlic makes for an easy and healthy dinner! This Japanese style marinated baked chicken is made with boneless and skinless chicken thighs that are marinated in a slightly sweet and savory soy and garlic marinade making it the most juiciest and moist baked chicken.

Topped with toasted sesame seeds, green onions, and optional lemon juice and Japanese style pepper (togarashi), this soy sauce chicken goes great with salad, stir fry vegetables, miso soup and rice.

Baked marinated soy sauce chicken topped with green onion and toast ed sesame seeds cut into slices being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

How to make Baked Soy Sauce Chicken Marinade?

Directions

  1. Prepare marinade ingredients by adding salt, sweetener, garlic, soy sauce, Japanese sake, toasted sesame oil in a bowl. Marinate boneless skinless thigh in a glass baking dish or bowl for 3.5 hours up to 10 hours. For best results, 8-10 hours is recommended. Discard marinade.
  2. Bake in the oven at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F.

Pro Tip

when marinading, it’s best to use a glass bowl to avoid any unwanted metal reactions with acidic marinades.

Alternative Grilling Method

Grill at 350F with the closed for 14-18 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Chicken thigh being marinated in a soy sauce marinade.

What ingredients do I need to make soy sauce chicken?

Ingredients

  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh. Can substitute with chicken breast if preferred.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Sweetener  use your preferred sweetener. Other options also include, sugar, or honey.
  • Garlic – grated fresh garlic.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Toasted Sesame Oil – 100% Toasted Sesame Oil that should have a dark brown color.  
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

How to store leftovers?

To store leftovers, simply transfer them into an airtight container and keep in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh for 7-10 days. When you’re ready to eat, just reheat in the microwave.

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Baked marinated soy sauce chicken topped with green onion and toasted sesame seeds.

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Baked Soy Sauce Chicken Marinade

Juicy and full of flavor, Baked Soy Sauce Chicken Marinade is your next favorite week night meal. Flavors of savory soy, toasted seasme oils and garlic makes for an easy and healthy dinner!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: garlic soy chicken, soy sauce chicken marinade, soy sauce chicken recipe, soy sauce marinade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 2
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Calories: 536kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Grate garlic with a grater or garlic press.
  • Combine salt, sweetener, grated garlic, Soy Sauce, Japanese sake, Toasted Sesame Oil in a mixing bowl. Add chicken thigh into marinade and marinate for 3.5-8 hours (best after 8 hours). Note - can also marinate in a ziplock bag.
  • Set oven to 350F.
  • Transfer marinated chicken onto an oven tray lined with a baking mat and bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes flipping halfway through.
  • Top with chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 486mg | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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