Chicken teriyaki was a staple dish during my childhood. It was something my mom knew no one would complain about. She would make different versions of the sauce to throw us off from time to time and to make sure we never got bored of her cooking. Maybe one week she’d add minced ginger. Another week, there might be a splash of pineapple juice or a hint of garlic. Regardless, the base sauce consisted of the same three ingredients.
Homemade teriyaki sauce is wayyyy easier than you think. I remember the first time I watched my mom make it. I was around 10 years old and at that time, my only understanding of sauce making came from watching episodes of Jacques Pepin and Julia Child make super labor intensive French sauces. Mind you, this was prior to Food Network, Cooking Channel, and YouTube. I figured all sauces just took time. Obviously my mind was blown when I watched my mom make teriyaki sauce in less than 5 minutes.