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How to Make Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

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This is the latest meal that my kids request on repeat – teriyaki chicken stir fry is a little sweet, a little savory, and totally delicious. Learn how to make chicken teriyaki and it might just be your new family favorite meal as well! You’ll love that it’s made with simple ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to pull together, perfect for weeknight dinners. This recipe for teriyaki chicken uses the same teriyaki sauce as my teriyaki glazed salmon and shrimp teriyaki so if you love this one, try one of those!

If you are as stir fry obsessed as us, be sure to try my moo shu shrimp, General Tso’s shrimp, healthy orange chicken, or udon noodle stir fry next time.

Bowl of chicken teriyaki over rice and green beans.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

  • Full of flavor
  • Sweet and savory sauce
  • Quick and easy meal
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Just 5 minutes prep time
  • Just 15 minutes total time (not including rice)

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need some basic ingredients for this teriyaki chicken stir fry recipe:

  • Soy sauce – Use a high quality soy sauce for best flavor. You can use low-sodium soy sauce if you prefer, but may need to adjust seasonings. As mentioned below, you can also use coconut aminos for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Brown sugar – This is used to give the teriyaki sauce a rich and deep sweet flavor.
  • Cornstarch – This helps create a thick and glossy sauce, just like your favorite takeout spots.
  • Mirin – This is a sweet rice wine, you can also use rice vinegar, but add a little bit more honey or brown sugar to balance out the sweetness.
  • Honey – This helps sweeten the teriyaki sauce, you could also use maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Sesame oil – Use high quality sesame oil for best flavor.
  • Ginger – Use fresh ginger for best flavor, or frozen cubes or ginger from tube for convenience.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor, or frozen cubes for convenience.
  • Oil – Use a vegetable oil that can be heated to high heat – like avocado oil or canola oil.
  • Chicken – We’re using skinless chicken thighs (and boneless!) so they are easy and ready to trim. I prefer thighs as they are more flavorful and have more fat, which helps in cooking, but you could also use boneless skinless chicken breasts if you prefer. Be sure to add a little oil to the pan before cooking.
  • Rice – For serving use your favorite rice, you could also serve over noodles, brown rice, or cauliflower rice if you prefer. You can also use microwavable or frozen rice for a shortcut.
  • Garnish – Sesame seeds and green onions.
Ingredients to make teriyaki chicken stir fry.

How to Make Chicken Teriyaki

Let’s make this easy teriyaki chicken! Here’s how to do it:

  • Make rice. I use a rice maker, but cook rice according to package instructions.

TIP: Make rice ahead and you’ll have a 15 minute meal!

  • Prep chicken. Cut chicken into ~1″ pieces.
  • Make homemade teriyaki sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, mirin, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.
Chicken teriyaki sauce in a small bowl.
  • Cook chicken. Heat a 12″ nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Add chicken to skillet in a single layer. Cook undisturbed, flip over, and cook until cooked through, or it has reached an internal temperature of 185 degrees F.
Chicken thighs for teriyaki cooked in a skillet.
  • Finish stir fry. Pour teriyaki sauce mixture over chicken and cook until sauce has thickened and is glossy.

TIP: Depending on how hot and how large your pan is, this can happen very quickly, so watch closely.

Chicken thighs with teriyaki sauce in a skillet.
  • Serve. I love to serve this as a chicken teriyaki bowl over rice and with a simple side like haricot verts, but you do you! 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

Is teriyaki chicken healthy?

Yes, while teriyaki chicken may have a not great reputation because it’s sweetened…which you know we don’t do “good or bad” foods here. So I look at it a different way. I see a meal that provides protein and flavor and when you serve it over rice and with a veggie…you’ve got a balanced meal.

Looking for calories in chicken teriyaki? Calories will vary based on recipes and ingredients and serving sizes, but the full nutrition facts can be found below, but each serving of teriyaki chicken has 249 calories. (Nutrition facts are an estimate.)

How do you make a chicken teriyaki bento box?

Chicken teriyaki bento boxes are a super fun make-ahead lunch. While I normally like to pack lunches in stainless steel containers, I would recommend packing the chicken teriyaki and rice in containers that can be microwaved (or a thermos where they can stay warm) so that you don’t have to eat cold chicken.

Add a veggie like pickle cucumber salad or haricot verts and a fruit or something sweet for a balanced and delicious lunch that’s great to take on-the-go.

Rice bowl with chicken teriyaki stir fry and green beans.

Storage Instructions

Store honey teriyaki chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat chicken in a hot skillet or microwave until heated through.

How to Serve Teriyaki Chicken Thighs to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

The nice thing about chicken teriyaki sauce is that it’s sweet, which can be very helpful for kiddos. But as always, you can always serve everything separate so they can decide what to eat. Put a tiny portion of chicken teriyaki recipe on their plate if they are unsure and serve the meal with some milk and fruit (and bread if they aren’t into rice!).

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Chicken teriyaki stir fry over rice with green beans.

What to Serve with Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

This stir fry dinner needs rice and a veggie side. Try one of these:

More Easy Stir Fry Recipes

If you like this healthy teriyaki chicken, you might also like some of these other easy stir fry recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Recipe for Teriyaki Chicken

  • Rice Maker – If you make stir fry dinners as much as we do, a rice cooker is a must. Perfect rice with the touch of a button – and no spills onto the stove top!
  • 12″ Nonstick Frying Pan – This is the large skillet I use for all of my stir fry recipes since I don’t have a wok. The large size is great to fit everything in the pan without crowding.


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Bowl of chicken teriyaki over rice and green beans.

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

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Description

My family requests this teriyaki chicken stir fry meal every week! It’s loaded with flavor, has a sweet and savory sauce, and comes together in 15 min.


Ingredients

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For the teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger (1/4 tsp dried)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For the chicken stir fry: 

  • 16 oz. chicken thighs (skinless, boneless)
  • rice for serving
  • haricot verts
  • optional garnish: sesame seeds and green onion

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. Cut chicken into ~1” pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, mirin, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.
  4. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken to skillet in a single layer. Cook for 4 minutes, undisturbed. Flip over, and cook another 2-3 minutes, until chicken is cooked through, and has reached an internal temperature of 185 degrees F.
  5. Pour teriyaki sauce over chicken and cook another minute or so, until sauce is thick and glossy. (Depending on how hot and how large your pan is, this can happen very quickly, so watch closely.)
  6. Serve over rice with a veggie side.


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Photo Credit: All photos in this post were take by Loren at Sweet Rustic Bakes

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