Teriyaki Chicken

By Maria Lichty

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Teriyaki Chicken- you only need 15 minutes to get this delicious dinner on the table. Serve with rice, broccoli, and you have a complete meal that tastes better than takeout!

teriyaki chicken on plate with rice, broccoli, and sesame seeds.

If you are looking for an EASY dinner recipe, today is your lucky day. You only need 15 minutes to make this Teriyaki Chicken recipe. It is a family favorite and perfect for busy weeknights.

I love that this recipe requires minimal ingredients that we always have on hand. Don’t worry, the homemade teriyaki sauce is simple, fresh, and SO much better than any store-bought.

And you don’t even have to marinate the chicken, you just add the homemade teriyaki sauce to the chicken. The sauce thickens as it simmers in the pan and gives the chicken a FANTASTIC flavor.

The next time you are short on time, but still want to enjoy a home-cooked meal, make teriyaki chicken. My boys request it all most every week so you know it’s a winner. Bonus, they even eat the broccoli I serve on the side!

This recipe is an all-around dinner winner!

teriyaki chicken ingredients in bowls.

Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients

  • Olive oil– for cooking the chicken.
  • Chicken– boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes. Make sure the cubes are the same size so the chicken cooks evenly.
  • Soy sauce– use low-sodium soy sauce. If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, you can use Tamari sauce.
  • Brown sugar– to sweeten the sauce.
  • Rice wine vinegar– it adds some acidity and a touch of mild sweetness.
  • Toasted sesame oil– it adds a nutty, rich flavor to the sauce, but a little goes a long way so only use ½ teaspoon.
  • Ginger– freshly grated ginger. Pro tip, keep fresh ginger in the freezer and grate with a microplane.
  • Garlic– Mmmm, fresh garlic! Makes every sauce better!
  • Cornstarch– to thicken the sauce a little.
  • Sesame seeds & sliced green onions– for garnish! You want the dish to be pretty:)
teriyaki chicken in skillet with broccoli and wooden spoon

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken

  • In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes. Use a spatula to flip it over; cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes. It doesn’t have to be cooked through, just seared on the outside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
  • Pour the sauce in the pan and stir. Let simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chicken teriyaki warm with any of the following:

How to Store Leftovers

We don’t always have leftovers because our boys always devour this meal, but when we do, we love storing it in the fridge for lunch the next day.

Place the cooled teriyaki chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you have leftover rice and broccoli, store them in their own containers so they don’t get soggy.

You can freeze teriyaki chicken for up to 3 months. Let it cool completely and place it in a freezer container. When ready to eat, thaw in the the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

teriyaki chicken with broccoli and rice in a bowl with chopsticks.

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Teriyaki Chicken

You only need 15 minutes to get this delicious dinner on the table. Serve with rice, steamed broccoli, and you have a complete meal that tastes better than takeout!
4.48 from 61 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions, for garnish
  • Rice and steamed broccoli, for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes. Use a spatula to flip it over; cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes. It doesn’t have to be cooked through, just seared on the outside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
  • Pour the sauce in the pan and stir. Let simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over rice and with steamed broccoli, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 910mg, Potassium: 699mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 51IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 3 stars
    Pretty good flavors, but I wasn’t able to get a thicker sauce like the recipe shows. Not sure if it was the way I cooked it, so I’ve tried it a couple times with variations on some of the heavier ingredients in the sauce, and it still seemed to end up too watery.

  2. 5 stars
    this recipe is fantastic!!!—tastes better than restaurant quality!!! (it does take more than 15 minutes though!)

  3. So I wasn’t super impressed with this meal but I have to give it five stars because my six year old asked if o could make it again tomorrow for dinner. I can’t remember the last time she asked me that so I think that’s pretty high praise.

  4. I made this recipe tonight after seeing it in your “quick and easy dinners” email and WOW! My family LOVED it! I served it on a bed of rice with a sheet pan of roasted veggies. So quick, easy and full of flavour! Thank you!

  5. Can you please put the nutritional value on your recipes. I’m doing WW & counting points. Your recipes look delicious.

    1. I am doing WW, too. If you go on their website, once you log into your account, in the upper left-hand corner is a box “create.” If you click on that, go to the recipe link and type in the recipe. I typically only type in the ingredients I know that are points. I did it for this recipe and it is 4 points per serving! Definitely something I am going to keep and try.

    2. Can’t edit my response. That create link is in the upper-right hand corner. My bad.

  6. Hi i dont have the rice wine vinegar-does apple cider vinegar make a substitute? I do have regular rice vinegar though….any thoughts?

  7. 5 stars
    When the lead to the actual recipe is so long, couldn’t you write jump to recipe? Makes life so much easier for me and I’m sure for others too. It’s the first thing I want to look at when I get a new recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    So easy and everyone eats it without complaints. I steam broccoli and peppers and serve with rice. I’ve made this multiple times now!

  9. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe and easy to❤️‍. I buy the ginger frozen cubes that I buy from Target that way I always have ginger available, they also sell garlic cubes easy and delicious. Love your newsletter and site thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.