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Air Fryer Teriyaki chicken is one of my all-time favorite ways of cooking and eating chicken. I find that the best cuts to use are either chicken breasts or thighs that have been boned and skinned.

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken produces the most succulent, tasty, tender chicken imaginable, especially after being marinated in Teriyaki sauce.
Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes


  • Air Fryer


  • 3 lbs Chicken thighs ( I used the boned-in for this recipe)

Teriyaki sauce ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (from the can)
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks (from the can)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar (Mirin)
  • 1 tbsp ginger (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


Prep the Marinade

  • In a separate bowl, mix the ½ cup of pineapple juice, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and pineapple chunks. Mix it nicely and set it aside.

Marinate the Chicken:

  • Prep your chicken and place them in a flat bottom dish. Pour half amount of the marinade mixture into the chicken. Mix it to coat them evenly. Cover with a cling-wrap.
  • Or get yourself a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, and into it, add the chicken pieces and the marinade. Zip the bag closed and shake it thoroughly to coat each piece of chicken.

How long to marinate the chicken in teriyaki sauce?

  • Find some space in your fridge and marinate for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours. I prefer to leave it for eight hours or, better still, overnight. You can let it marinate for as long as 24 hours if you so desire.

Reduce the sauce for basting

  • Now, in a small saucepan, pour the remaining marinade Teriyaki sauce. Lower the heat and cook for around five to seven minutes until it reaches a nice thick consistency. You can store it for up to two to three weeks in your fridge.

Air frying the chicken:

  • Turn your air fryer on and pre-heat at a temperature of 390°F (or 199°C) for between three and five minutes.
  • Remove the marinated chicken from the bag, draining off any excess marinade.
  • Transfer the marinated chicken into the air fryer basket. Cook for approximately 15 to 18 minutes (adjust the time according to the size or thickness of the chicken pieces). 
    Important Note: I used chicken thighs with bone-in for this recipe and cooked the chicken for 15 minutes. If you'll be using chicken without bones, cooking time is lesser to avoid the chicken getting burned quickly.

Baste the chicken

  • Halfway through the cooking time, turn the chicken pieces over and baste them with your reduced Teriyaki sauce.
    Note: You want the teriyaki sauce to caramelize on the outside of the chicken. You also need to make sure that the internal temperature reads between 170°F and 175°F. An instant-red thermometeris perfect for this job.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and set it aside to rest for up to 5 minutes.

Serve and garnish

  • Please feel free to drizzle over any remaining teriyaki sauce and garnish some sesame seeds if the mood takes you.

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  • To make sure your marinated chicken doesn’t stick to your air fryer’s basket, you can spray a little non-stick cooking spray on its inner surfaces.
  • Sprays that don’t contain propellants are said to be safe to use with air dryers.
However, if you want to avoid using sprays altogether, you can always think about seasoning your air fryer basket.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1266mg | Potassium: 614mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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Course: Brunch, dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: air fryer teriyaki chicken, teriyaki chicken air fryer