Who doesn’t love teriyaki chicken, that sumptuous main of stir fried chicken with a ginger soy sauce glaze? It makes a super-fast and tasty dinner idea that you can serve easily with rice and vegetables. So good!
We also love to make it for a date night or movie night because it’s easy to make and great for sharing…
Teriyaki sauce was invented over 300 years ago in Japan. Back then it was made with ginger, soy sauce, sake and sugar and used to flavor chicken, fish and other dishes. Here we’ve modified it by substituting in rice vinegar and honey instead of the sake and sugar.
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
This dish is perfect for our busy lives because it’s ready in 15 minutes. We recommend putting rice and veg on to cook, since the chicken goes fast once you start and then everything will be ready at the same time. You may be able to find cubed chicken at the supermarket to save time.
To make it, start by browning cubed pieces of chicken breast in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Try not to crowd the chicken in the pan, as it can slow down the browning process…
Once the pieces have browned after several minutes, you can add the teriyaki sauce. The cornstarch in the teriyaki sauce will make it thicken within a minute, so stir constantly to avoid getting clumps. As soon as the sauce is thick enough to coat your spoon, remove the pan from the heat.
The following tips will make your chicken teriyaki as healthy as possible:
- Use low-sodium soy sauce
- Halve the amount of honey to reduce sugar content
- Serve with brown rice or another whole grain
Broccoli is a great choice for a side vegetable, and some healthy alternatives include snap peas or Chinese broccoli.
Here is a step-by-step view of how to make chicken teriyaki starting with the teriyaki sauce:
Enjoy your teriyaki chicken! Watch this video tutorial to see how to make it:
15 Minute Easy Teriyaki Chicken (with Video)
- 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) cubed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp vinegar apple cider or rice
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder or minced fresh
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- salt and pepper to taste
Optional serving ideas
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 green onion minced
- steamed rice
- green vegetable broccoli or other
Start cooking rice and vegetables if applicable.
In a small bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, ginger powder, garlic, vinegar and cornstarch.
Place a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tsp oil and cubed chicken.
Fry 2-3 minutes per side until nicely browned. If not browning, increase heat and continue for another minute.
Add sauce mixture to chicken and stir continuously until it thickens to coat the chicken.
Remove from heat. Serve in bowls with rice and vegetable, and garnish with optional sesame seeds and green onion. Enjoy!
Recipe Tips-For the chicken to brown properly, there should be a bit of space between the pieces in the pan. Fry in batches if your pan is small or you're doubling the recipe.
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