Baked Soy Sauce Chicken

Get ready to elevate your dinner game with my Baked Soy Sauce Chicken recipe! Marinated in a delectable blend of soy and garlic, these tender chicken thighs promise juicy, flavorful bites every time. It’s the ultimate hassle-free dish for busy nights, delivering maximum flavor with minimal effort!

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.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re craving a fail-proof, flavor-packed meal, look no further than my Baked Soy Sauce Chicken recipe! Drawing inspiration from my  perfected baking techniques in my Baked Chicken Aioli, along with my marinating method from my Korean BBQ Chicken and Japanese Fried Chicken recipes, I created dish to provide a unique blend of Asian-inspired flavors that’s sure to delight your taste buds!

Marinated in a homemade soy sauce blend and baked to juicy perfection, I guarantee this recipe will deliver tender, flavorful chicken every time! It’s a must-try for anyone seeking an easy yet sensational main course that promises delicious results with minimal effort. Get ready to experience the ultimate flavor explosion with each bite!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh.
  • 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 – optional garnish, finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

🍗 Chicken Note

You can opt for Chicken Breast as an alternative to chicken thigh, although it will result in a leaner texture.

Ingredients to make a soy sauce chicken marinade laid out on the countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 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, glass bowl or ziplock bag for 4-10 hours.

Chicken thigh being marinated in a soy sauce marinade.

💡 Marinating Pro Tip

For optimal marinating results, ensure you have Enough Marinade to generously coat all the chicken pieces, allowing them to be thoroughly flavored. Aim for a marinating time of 8-10 Hours for the Best Flavor infusion. This duration allows the marinade to penetrate the chicken effectively.

Step 2 Transfer the marinated chicken, without washing it, onto a baking tray lined with a silicon baking mat. Bake in the center of the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.

Soy sauce marinated chicken placed on top of a baking tray.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to guarantee it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For an extra touch of flavor and presentation, garnish your dish with Toasted Sesame Seeds and chopped Green Onions.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve this marinated  soy sauce chicken with a green salad dressed in Asian style dressing, such as Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing or Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing. Complement it with simple sides like Asian Noodle Salad or Korean Spinach Salad. Don’t forget to include a bowl of rice of your choice for a satisfying meal.

Chicken thigh being marinated in a soy sauce marinade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I grill this recipe instead?

Yes, you can definitely grill this recipe! Preheat your grill to 350°F and cook the chicken with the lid closed for approximately 14-18 minutes, flipping halfway through for even cooking.

How can I tell if the chicken is cooked through?

Ensure the center of the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F and shows no pink coloration.

Can I freeze the chicken after marinating for later use?

Yes, simply place the marinated chicken in a ziplock bag and freeze it safely for later use.

 

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

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, simply transfer them into an airtight container and keep in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh for 3-5 days.

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

Baked Soy Sauce Chicken

Indulge in the savory delight of my Baked Soy Sauce Chicken recipe, featuring a Asian inspired marinade that infuses succulent chicken thighs with rich flavor. Perfect for dinner, this dish promises a burst of Asian-inspired taste in every bite. Try my soy sauce chicken marinade for a meal that's both flavorful and satisfying.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: soy sauce chicken marinade, soy sauce chicken recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 536kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Chicken Thigh can sub with chicken breast
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion optional
  • 1/4 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for a baked soy sauce chicken marinade.
  • Grate garlic with a grater or garlic press.
    Grated garlic.
  • Combine salt, sweetener, grated garlic, soy sauce, Japanese sake, toasted sesame oil in a mixing bowl. Add chicken thigh into marinade and marinate for 4-10 hours (best after 8 hours). Note - can also marinate in a ziplock bag.
    Chicken thigh being marinated in a soy sauce marinade.
  • Set oven to 350F.
    Oven set 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.
    Soy sauce marinated chicken placed on top of a baking tray.
  • Top with chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
    Baked soy sauce marinated chicken topped with 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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