This teriyaki chicken with broccoli is finger-lickin’ good. It’s quick, easy, and takes only minutes to prepare. First make the teriyaki sauce by combining soy sauce, sugar, sweet chili sauce, grated ginger and lime juice in a large bowl.
This teriyaki chicken with broccoli is one of those incredibly simple recipes that doesn’t take much time to make and is pretty healthy too.
Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
This teriyaki chicken and broccoli really does come together in 20 minutes! The sweet and savory sauce coats the chicken and broccoli for a flavorful dish to serve alongside rice or noodles.
This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli recipe will be one that you keep on your dinner menu rotation WEEKLY. OBSESSED is one way to describe this recipe but most importantly, EASY.
It takes no time to make it and it is one of our favorite dishes to make now. I make it at least once a week because of how quickly it comes together (yes, really, 20 minutes!) which is super helpful for me during weeknights after work.
You can also watch a video of me making it below! I think once you see how easy it is to make, you’ll want to make it too!
Why do we love this teriyaki chicken and broccoli recipe so much?
Well, first of all, the homemade teriyaki sauce is drool-inducing. Its got the perfect amount of sweetness and I love how thick it is. It coats the dish so well and you’ll basically want to pour it all over your rice, too. Or noodles! You can totally make teriyaki chicken and broccoli with noodles too.
Additionally, you can use this sauce for virtually anything – swap out the broccoli for your favorite veggie, swap out the chicken for your favorite protein. You can use brown rice, quinoa, noodles — whatever floats your boat! We also can’t complain that dish comes together in 20 minutes.
This is WAY better than take-out! Faster than any take-out restaurant can get to you. Can we call that a win?!
What you’ll need:
All you need are basic pantry ingredients to put together this teriyaki sauce for the teriyaki chicken and broccoli.
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Rice vinegar
The full recipe with measurements is below!
Would you serve teriyaki chicken and broccoli with noodles? Why not? I think it would be SO good with lo-mein style noodles. The thick sauce would coat all the noodles and you can twirl the noodles together with the chicken and broccoli!
Can you use chicken thighs? Yes! In fact, I tend to use chicken thighs more than chicken breast. I suggest boneless skinless chicken thighs and cubing them into about 1 inch pieces.
Can I use frozen broccoli? Yes, you can. Just make sure to thaw it out and drain it of excess liquid before you add it to the pan.
My sauce isn’t thickening, what am I doing wrong? Make sure you have our heat on at least medium high. Cornstarch uses heat to activate.
10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli
In just a few simple steps you can make takeout at home with this easy & flavorful teriyaki chicken & broccoli! Consists of 9 simple ingredients, no marinating required, and only 10 minutes to cook up. Serve this juicy chicken and homemade teriyaki sauce over rice as a quick dinner or meal prep!
Juicy, tender chicken in an amazing sweet gingery sauce. This sauce is better than any store-bought teriyaki and is so easy to make at home while still feeling like you got takeout. What I love about this recipe is it reminds me of weekends Drew and I would order take out (usually chicken & vegetables over a big bowl of rice) and curl up on our couch watching an episode of Gilmore Girls. We both love a good sauce-y chicken with lots of vegetables over rice or quinoa.
We love this recipe so much and make it on REPEAT.
Not only is this dish super yummy but it’s a fast and easy dinner the whole family will love. All you need is a handful of simple ingredients and a few minutes to whip up this amazing 10-minute dinner!
Ingredients – What You’ll Need
Classic Japanese teriyaki chicken is made with soy sauce, sugar, ginger, sake, and mirin. I simplified the sauce ingredients and used these 9 ingredients:
- Soy sauce/liquid aminos
- Coconut sugar
- Sesame oil
- Corn starch
How To Make Teriyaki Chicken (from scratch)
Make the sauce
Whisk all of teriyaki sauce ingredients together in a bowl or liquid measuring cup and set aside.
When sauce is heated with the cooked chicken it will thicken and become so sticky and delicious!
(1) Heat skillet and brown diced chicken in hot pan with oil.
(2) add sauce to cooked chicken and let simmer for 1-2 minutes. Sauce should be thickened and chicken cooked through.
Serve with steamed broccoli over rice!
You can serve this chicken over white or brown rice, or quinoa. To get more veggies into your recipe, add sautéed peppers or carrots in with your chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onion!
Helpful Cooking Tips
MEAL PREP THIS RECIPE
Glass Meal Prep Containers
I love meal prepping this recipe for lunch or dinner! To keep the food fresh and the reheating process easy we use these glass airtight containers. They’re not only great for meal prep but are perfect for keeping additional leftovers fresh in the fridge!
- For protein in this recipe you can use chicken breasts, cutlets, or boneless/skinless thighs.
- Other natural sweeteners you can use if you don’t have coconut sugar – swap for agave, honey, or maple syrup.
- Make as meal prep: store in sealed containers over rice/quinoa and enjoy throughout the week.
- Add extra vegetables to your teriyaki chicken like sautéed carrots (shredded or sliced), cauliflower, mushrooms, or sliced peppers.
- Cooking tools: I love using my cast iron skillet to cook this recipe. You can also use stainless steel or a wok.
How to Store & Freeze Leftovers
Freeze: place cooked chicken and sauce (minus broccoli) in a glass container that is airtight. Let cool, label with date and store in freezer for 1-2 months. When ready to serve, remove and let thaw before heating up in a pan – serve with fresh steamed broccoli.
Refrigerate: leftovers can keep chilled for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
Jar the sauce: make extra sauce and keep in a sealed mason jar in fridge for 1-2 weeks. It’s a great sauce to use for lots of recipes!
Other Stir Fry Recipes We Love
If you’re a big fan of this stir fry, you may also enjoy our 30-minute stir fry vegetables or this zucchini stir fry.
If you want more asian-inspired chicken, you should definitely try our sticky & sweet honey sesame chicken – also VERY delicious and takes only 30 minutes to make!
We think you’re gonna love this meal. It’s been enjoyed by SO many readers for several years now and continues to be one of our most popular recipes to date!
Whether you’re just beginning to cook or you’re already an expert in the kitchen – it’s the recipe for you. It has tons of flavor, is easy and fool-proof for beginner home-cooks, and is picky-eater approved! You’ll have the whole family smiling and quite fooled that this profesh’ takeout recipe was made right in your own kitchen. 😉
10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken
Make takeout at home with this easy & flavorful teriyaki chicken & broccoli! Minimal ingredients, no marinating required, and only 10 minutes to cook up. Serve this juicy chicken and homemade teriyaki sauce over rice as a quick dinner or meal prep!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Calories: 244 kcal
- 3 organic chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 cups broccoli, steamed
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
- 3 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger (grated fresh or dried)
- 2 teaspoon corn starch
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds *optional
- Whisk all of teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
- On medium heat in a cast-iron skillet brown chicken in oil until cooked on all sides and slightly crispy. *If pan isn’t hot enough the chicken will steam so make sure pan is hot but not burning.*
- Add teriyaki sauce to cooked chicken and stir for 1 to 2 minutes for sauce to thicken.
- Stir in broccoli with chicken and sauce. Serve over rice with sprinkled sesame seeds and enjoy!
Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
Restaurant-style Teriyaki Chicken with healthy broccoli and delicious homemade teriyaki sauce. Better and faster than takeout with easy to find pantry ingredients, 20 minute to cook.
Faster than takeout, delicious Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli stir fry. The Teriyaki Sauce recipe needs easy to find pantry ingredients and just 10 mins of prep. It is a takeout dinner that you can prepare at home faster and better than favorite restaurant. Especially since my teriyaki sauce recipe uses pantry ingredients.. You don’t need market trip to enjoy this bowl of Teriyaki and Rice tonight!
Let’s cook some Chicken Teriyaki!
Teriyaki Chicken is derived from words “teri” means shine and “yaki” means broil. No wonder, all Teriyaki Chicken dishes shine and glisten with caramelized pan-seared or grilled chicken, slathered in sweet and savory Teriyaki Sauce.
I did not grow up eating Teriyaki but since long we have loved everything Teriyaki :). By-far, these simple dishes are more common in our home than some other elaborate Indian foods. Specially because stir-fries come together quickly, make a delicious lunch or quick dinner option, and above all these feed my love of making all restaurant favorites at home.
About the Teriyaki Sauce
Teriyaki Sauce is the heart of a good Teriyaki Chicken recipe.
The Teriyaki Chicken recipe I’m sharing today is what we’ve been eating in US restaurants from many years. It is a western version of Teriyaki Chicken with touch of garlic, low-sodium soy sauce and with healthy touch of vegetables such crunchy broccoli and/or bell peppers.
Teriyaki Chicken and Sauce Ingredients
To make authentic Japanese teriyaki sauce from scratch, you need two special ingredients – Mirin and Sake. Mirin is Japanese Cooking Wine which is slightly sweet. Sake is alcoholic beverage made with ferment rice. Sake is not a wine, it is a beer.
Over the years cooking Teriyaki for family, I have learned to substitute Sake and Mirin with right portions of easy-to-find pantry ingredients. This saves me a Asian Market Trip whenever when I’m cooking teriyaki at moment’s notice.
Quick and economical as well! Did you know, a 250ml bottle of good quality Mirin costs $9+.
TIP:Teriyaki Sauce recipe doubles easily. Make extra to server over rice!
Note:If you want to make Teriyaki Chicken in authentic Japanese style, I have listed ingredient substitutes, Sake and Mirin and few more changes, in Recipe Card notes.
Prepare Chicken for Teriyaki Chicken
Since Teriyaki Chicken is a simple recipe.. it is very important to use right type and cut of chicken. I prefer to use skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cubed. Chicken Thighs stay moist and juicy when exposed to high cooking heat such as of an Asian wok or grill. You can use cubed Chicken Breast but it dries out very quickly.
However, you can use same sauce and pan-sear full chicken breasts. Make sure chicken breast are full cooked. Ensure fully cooked chicken by checking the internal temperature on thickest part of the breast to register 175 degrees Fahrenheit. If using halved (butterflied) chicken breast, pound it to even the thickness for even cooking (no dry edges).
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken?
Teriyaki Chicken is also my favorite because you don’t need to marinate the chicken. Everything is quick. Chicken cooks in sauce and picks up so much flavor. It’s the best! Juicy, moist and delicious without marinade. In my home, this makes it our favorite quick weeknight dinner.
I make Teriyaki Chicken in 4 simple steps:
- Mix the Teriyaki Sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Dice chicken.
- Heat wok, sauté chicken with garlic and seasonings.
- Add Teriyaki Sauce mix and simmer until sauce thickens. Sauce will be thick and glistening, and chicken fully cooked.
- Mix in broccoli. Either slightly steamed or cover with chicken for 1 minute for a steam bath.
That’s it! Teriyaki Chicken is ready to hit the dinner table. Boil some rice on the side while cooking stir-fry for a complete meal in about 20 minutes.
What to serve with Teriyaki Chicken?
Broccoli and Rice are our all time favorite sides with Teriyaki Chicken. I often also serve following as side dishes with Teriyaki:
- Noodles – Lightly tossed with sesame oil. You can also serve Soba Noodles Mushroom Stir Fry Noodles on the side from my Teriyaki Salmon with Noodles recipe. Or Ramen Noodles with Peanut Dressing also works well.
- Rice – Boiled or Steamed. Use Brown Rice for more fiber-rich rice.
- Vegetable Salad – A lite salad complements the sweet and savory Teriyaki Chicken. I recommend Asian Cucumber Salad.
- Vegetable Stir Fry – Try these Cauliflower Kimchi Fried Rice for healthy meal at home!
I’m certain you have all ingredients you need in pantry. Delicious Teriyaki Chicken, better and faster than a takeout. Make some today and enjoy.