Sweet Onion Teriyaki Chicken Recipe (Subway Copycat)

Tired of your old boring clubhouse sandwich? Then try this sweet onion chicken teriyaki Subway-style! You can also make your own hamburger buns for your Subway chicken teriyaki-inspired burgers or sliders. You even have the option to pair it with rice and make your own Subway chicken teriyaki protein bowl.

To come up with this delicious snack, the chicken is marinated in different ingredients for 30 to 60 minutes to let the layers of flavor completely penetrate the meat. The marinade has the acidity from the pineapple juice, pungency of garlic and ginger, saltiness of soy sauce, and sweetness of sugar and honey, producing a harmony of complex flavors. And aside from the marinade, the sweet onion sauce also further elevates the taste of the chicken. We promise you that this is the best Subway sauce combination ever.

Sweet Onion Teriyaki Chicken Recipe (Subway Copycat)

How To Make Sweet Onion Teriyaki Chicken Recipe (Subway Copycat)

Have yourself a go-to sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub ready for brunches or snacks. This recipe is among the best Subway sandwiches and you wouldn’t regret getting a bite of its sweet and savory taste.

Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins


For Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins, boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey

For Sauce:

  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp white onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp buttermilk baking mix
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
  • tsp poppy seed
  • tsp salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper, cracked
  • 1 pinch garlic powder



  1. Bring all the ingredients for the chicken (except the chicken itself) to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until it starts to reduce.

  2. Cool completely and pour over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate the chicken for about 30 to 60 minutes.

  3. When it's time to eat, take the chicken out of the marinade and grill or broil it until done. Do not overcook.

  4. Place chicken pieces in grilled buns and add favorite toppings. Drizzle with sweet onion sauce and serve.


  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl.

  2. Heat the sauce uncovered in the microwave for 1 to 1.5 minutes on High until the mixture bubbles rapidly. Whisk well, cover, and let it cool.


  • Sugar: 31g
  • :
  • Calcium: 22mg
  • Calories: 229kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 369mg
  • Protein: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 682mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 26IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you put on a sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub?

Aside from the usual lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, you can also add toppings like provolone cheese, bell peppers, and jalapeno. We suggest playing with different flavors to enjoy your submarine sandwich even more. But you can also go with any ingredients that you prefer because the best sub sandwich is definitely the one that you would really love!

Is sweet onion chicken teriyaki healthy?

This sandwich is one of the healthiest options from the restaurant’s menu. Each serving is hearty and enough to fill one person. The calories on a Subway sweet onion chicken are also low and its sweet onion sauce is fat-free.

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Savor this sweet and savory sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich. We promise you that every bite of this meal will have your tongue tingle with the overwhelming sensation of flavors.
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