close up shot of teriyaki chicken served with rice, broccoli and teriyaki sauce

The Best Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

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If you love quick, easy, and delicious family dinner recipes for your busy weeknights, then look no further!! This Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl is made up of tender juicy chicken, homemade teriyaki sauce, and fresh vegetables. It’s easy to make and will be ready in less than 30 minutes.

The best teriyaki chicken rice bowl served with broccoli and a side of teriyaki sauce

The Best Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

Our Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl is our most popular recipe on the blog for a very good reason. It’s simple to make, taste delicious, and is so much better than your favorite Japanese takeout restaurant. We make homemade teriyaki chicken in our home often, so I decided it was time to update the pictures from the original blog post.

Homemade teriyaki chicken is a very simple stir-fry recipe that will be perfect to add to your dinner rotation. It’s easy enough to make on any weeknight, taking less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

My favorite part about this teriyaki chicken bowl is the homemade teriyaki sauce. It includes simple ingredients such as rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey and ground ginger. If you like a little spice to your teriyaki sauce, feel free to add some crushed red pepper flakes. Once you make this homemade teriyaki sauce, you will never buy store bought again. It’s that good!!

I love to make extra teriyaki sauce and serve it over grilled salmon or tender beef for dinner later in the week. It’s so versatile and tastes great on a variety of different proteins.

Close up shot of teriyaki chicken smothered in a homemade teriyaki sauce

Ingredients For Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: I prefer to use chicken breasts, but you can also use chicken thighs.
  • Olive Oil: I like to use extra virgin olive oil for the health benefits, but you can also use vegetable oil.
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce: Low sodium soy sauce will cut down on the salt content in this recipe.
  • Water: Needed for the teriyaki sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a sweetness to the sauce. You can use light or dark brown sugar.
  • Rice Vinegar: Is commonly used in Asian dishes.
  • Sesame Oil: Adds a great flavor to the sauce, but this is also optional.
  • Minced Garlic: I prefer to use fresh minced garlic over garlic powder.
  • Ginger: Ground ginger works great in this teriyaki sauce. It’s easy to use and most people have it on hand.
  • Honey: Adds a sweet flavor to the sauce, and also helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Cornstarch: Adding cornstarch to the teriyaki sauce with thicken the sauce to coat the chicken.
  • Rice for serving: Use white rice, brown rice, or quinoa.
  • Vegetables for serving: Fresh steamed carrots and broccoli compliment this chicken great.

How To Make The Best Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

Teriyaki chicken is so easy to make. It will take you less time to prepare it, than it does to order take out and pick it up.

  • Start by heating oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add cubed chicken.
  • Brown Chicken until it is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Drain excess liquid if any.
  • While Chicken is browning, prepare your teriyaki sauce! In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together soy sauce, water, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
  • Once Chicken is browned and cooked through, add your homemade teriyaki sauce to your skillet and continue to cook stirring until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve immediately with white or brown rice and vegetables of your choice. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion
  • *If you like extra teriyaki sauce with your meal, make extra to drizzle on top of your rice bowl.
teriyaki chicken rice bowl with a side of homemade teriyaki sauce

Can I Use Frozen Vegetables?

Yes, of course you can use frozen vegetables, just make sure to cook them before adding them to your teriyaki bowl. I actually prefer using frozen broccoli and steaming it in the microwave for 5-6 minutes. It’s much easier and I usually have packages of frozen stir-fry veggies in my freezer.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes, chicken thighs are also a great option for this teriyaki chicken bowl. Cube chicken thighs and cook until brown and no longer pink. Chicken thighs take a few minutes longer to cook than chicken breasts, but they are very juicy.

How To Store Leftover Teriyaki Chicken

If you have any leftovers, store the rice and vegetables in a separate container than the teriyaki chicken. Place them both in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Storing the rice and veggies in a separate container will ensure that the rice doesn’t get soggy from the teriyaki sauce.

Tips For Making Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls

  • The sesame oil is optional in this recipe. I’ve made it without, and it taste just as delicious.
  • Cut chicken into evenly bite size pieces to ensure even cooking. This will allow all the chicken to cook evenly without having overcooked pieces of chicken.
  • Allow oil to get hot in your skillet before adding your chicken. This will give your chicken a nice sear.
  • Be careful not to overcook the chicken. You don’t want it to dry out and become tough.
  • You can season your chicken with black pepper before browning, but I wouldn’t recommend adding salt. There is enough salt that comes from the soy sauce.
  • Feel free to add whatever veggies you prefer. Matchstick carrots, snap peas, zucchini, or bell peppers are great additions.

teriyaki chicken rice bowl served with steamed broccoli and white rice

What To Serve With Teriyaki Chicken

Steamed broccoli and rice are the best options when serving teriyaki chicken. Not a fan of rice? Noodles are another great option and make a delicious teriyaki chicken noodle bowl. Or try it with our Homemade Chicken Fried Rice.

Make a little extra homemade teriyaki sauce to drizzle over the chicken fried rice, and you will have everyone raving about this easy dinner recipe.

You can also serve teriyaki chicken with some steamed carrots and peas in the pod. The possibilities are endless.

teriyaki chicken rice bowls served with steamed white rice, broccoli, green onions, and teriyaki sauce

Can I Use Grilled Chicken Instead Of Pan Frying?

Yes, you can grill your chicken instead of pan frying. Be sure to let your chicken rest before cutting into cubes to ensure it stays juicy. You can even use leftover chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken if you would like. They are all great options.

Can I Meal Prep Teriyaki Chicken?

Yes! I love to use this recipe as a meal prep for my husband and I throughout the week. It’s simple, delicious, and re-heats well. Simply prepare teriyaki chicken as instructed below. Divide chicken and broccoli into 4 meal prep containers, add 1/2 cup white or brown rice to each container. Drizzle extra teriyaki sauce if desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions (optional) and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

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close up shot of teriyaki chicken served with rice, broccoli and teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

April King
If you love quick, easy, and delicious dinner recipes for your busy week nights, then look no further!! This Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl is easy to make and will be ready in less than 30 minutes.
4.76 from 160 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 214 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil (optional)
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish
  • rice for serving
  • steamed veggies for serving

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
  • Add cubed chicken and brown chicken until cooked through and it is no longer pink.
  • While Chicken is browning, prepare your teriyaki sauce! In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together soy sauce, water, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
  • Once Chicken is browned and cooked through, add your homemade teriyaki sauce to your skillet and continue to cook stirring until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve immediately with white or brown rice and vegetables of your choice. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 23.9gProtein: 12gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 29.5mgSodium: 795mgPotassium: 158.9mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 17.6g
Keyword Chicken enchiladas, Chinese, Dinner, Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl, Teriyaki Sauce
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43 Comments

  1. Marsha Smith

    5 stars
    I just made this tonight for my boyfriend and we both loved it! Quick, easy, and delicious!

  2. Marie-Charlotte Chatelain

    5 stars
    Love all things teriyaki and yours looks especially delicious – all things bowls immediately catch my attention!

  3. 5 stars
    I adore teriyaki sauce, and you’ve inspired me to make it from scratch. This looks divine.

  4. 5 stars
    So delicious. My family loved the sauce in this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ve been craving a teriyaki chicken rice bowl so this recipe is perfect! I love how it is a quick, weeknight meal! I can’t wait to make it, I know my family will love it too!

  6. Marie Dzielak

    5 stars
    I make a lot of Chinese dishes, and this was very authentic tasting.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this and it is amazing.
    The sauce was perfect.
    I served it with blackened broccoli.

  8. 5 stars
    Lived on the Dole pineapple plantation in Hawaii many years. Teriyaki was a staple. I added a little hoisin sauce and added a little extra sesame oil along with a splash of hot sauce for just a little spice. I also sliced up some water chestnuts and added at the end for a little extra crunchy texture.
    Ono to da max

    • The pineapple plantation is one of my favorite places to visit when in Hawaii. I love all the additions you made to the recipe, thank you for sharing.

  9. 4 stars
    Everyone enjoyed it. It was easy. However, I would most definitely decrease soy sauce to 1/3c and sub water for remaining fluid oz. The soy sauce was a bit to over powering.

  10. 5 stars
    My daughter and I made this and it’s delicious! Easy and fast to prepare.

  11. April Farmer

    5 stars
    FINALLY a meal my whole family loves! The sauce is amazing! Highly recommend.

  12. 5 stars
    Tasted great. Fed a large of family of 7. I think I will use a little less corn starch next time. Very thick sauce, I like it a little thinner.

  13. Can this be made without the ginger ? I have everything else on hand

  14. Can this be made without the ginger ?

  15. April King

    I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t like it! This is one of our most popular recipes, did you follow the recipe exactly?

  16. 4 stars
    So simple and yummy. I served it with rice and green beans, plus I made a little extra sauce. Because teriyaki. I didn’t find the sauce too thick, but I also didn’t measure perfectly, just kinda eyeballed it. I actually wish I’d made it a liiiiittle thicker. I like that stuff stiiiicky. All in all, an easy, tasty, decently quick meal for the fam.

  17. 5 stars
    Just made it tonight . It is delicious

  18. Tina Louise Ogilvie

    Made this dish for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!! I will most DEFINITELY keep this dish in mind 9n my menu for the coming weeks.

  19. 5 stars
    Delicious! This was my first time making teriyaki sauce from scratch. Your recipe was so simple and yet amazing that my fiancé wants me to add it to our dinner rotation. Thank you!

  20. This will DEFINITELY be my go to recipe for teriyaki chicken! I cannot believe how amazing this turned out. Taste like something I’d pay for. Thank you so much!!!

  21. 5 stars
    Hello, I was wondering if this recipe (with the broccoli) can be frozen? Thank you!

    • I have never frozen this recipe, so I’m not sure how it will turn out. I would love to hear how it turns out if you try freezing it.

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