A 15 minute dinner perfect for busy weeknights. This chicken teriyaki broccoli skillet combines bite-sized, tender chicken cooked in a homemade, gluten-free teriyaki sauce. A dinner recipe perfect for busy moms.
If you’re sick of asking what’s for dinner tonight, this one is for you. With only seven ingredients it’s a dinner recipe that whips up quick and will soon become one of your new weeknight staples.
After just 15 minutes you have tender, juicy pieces of chicken coated in a sticky, tangy teriyaki sauce that’s a even a hit with kids.
As a Certified Nutrition Coach, the best part though is that the dinner recipe can be customized based on what you have in the fridge. A base recipe that can be made “new” each and every week.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to make with only 5 minutes prep time
- Can be used with multiple sides so it’s versatile
- Delicious flavor that’s better than takeout
- Dinner on the table in just 15 minutes
- Dairy-free, gluten-free, and with a paleo option
- Healthy: made with minimal sugars and high in protein
- Only 7 ingredients
Ingredients You Need
One of the best parts about this teriyaki chicken and broccoli recipe is that it requires minimal ingredients… and none of them are cornstarch!
That and it whips up in super speed like these chicken dinners.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: Cut the chicken breasts into one-inch pieces so that they cook quickly.
Olive oil: Any neutral oil will work for the skillet dinner. However, I tend to use beef tallow the most for the added fats.
Soy sauce: Double-check that you buy a gluten-free version as many contain wheat as an ingredient. When in doubt, use coconut aminos.
Rice vinegar: You only need a pinch but it adds a lot of flavor to the gluten-free teriyaki sauce.
Brown sugar works best because of the molasses in it (it helps thicken). However, coconut palm sugar works just as well.
Mined garlic: Chop it finely so that it blends well.
Broccoli florets: Pre-steam your broccoli first if possible so that it just needs to be tossed.
Know that adding in some fresh ginger never hurts either. In fact, it bumps up the flavor nicely.
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How To Make It
- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat with oil or tallow.
- Stir fry the chicken breast and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar and garlic.
- Pour in the skillet. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli and stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and serve.
Variations And Substitutions
Cuts of chicken: boneless chicken breasts are the most common but skinless, boneless chicken thighs work well too. You may need to cook them longer though to remove the juice.
Vegetables: snow peas, cauliflower, or even green beans work in place of the broccoli.
Spice: if you like a kick to your meals, add in ¼ teaspoon chili flakes.
Protein: you can swap this dinner recipe with shrimp or even small pieces of beef.
Storing, Freezing, And Reheating
Store the teriyaki chicken and broccoli skillet in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
Freeze it: Let the chicken and broccoli cool fully before placing it in an airtight freezer container or plastic baggie. Try to get all the air out of the bag first. Like this, it will freeze for up to one month. make sure to let it thaw in the fridge before reheating.
Reheat the teriyaki chicken by placing leftovers in a skillet with a bit of water over medium heat and heating until the chicken is cooked through and the consistency of the sauce reaches your preference.
How To Serve It
This teriyaki chicken recipe is amazing as a meal prep recipe (learn how to make meal prep easy).
It works just as well served over any of the following as it does mixed into a pasta dish the next day with extra gluten-free homemade teriyaki sauce mixed into pasta.
Our favorite ways to serve it are:
- Over basmati or brown rice
- On top of roasted spaghetti squash
- Mixed into ramen
After cooking, we just sprinkle the teriyaki chicken with toasted sesame seeds or chopped green onions.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Teriyaki Chicken And Broccoli
Chicken teriyaki can be part of a healthy meal plan depending on how it is prepared. Ideally, you want a sauce that it flavored with more spices and kinds of vinegar and minimal sugars and additives. Likewise, the bulk of the meal should be protein-based so that you’re taking in 20-30 grams of protein in this weeknight dinner. When a healthy version of teriyaki chicken and broccoli is made it can definitely be good for you.
Because teriyaki sauce tends to get very sticky very quickly when combined with high heat (like in a stir fry), it’s best to add it toward the end of cooking so that you can then just heat it until your desired consistency is met.
Other Teriayyki Flavored Recipes
- Gluten-free teriyaki sauce
- Baked teriyaki chicken
- Slow cooker chicken teriyaki
- Teriyaki steak bites
- Teriyaki chicken kabobs
Gluten-Free Teriayki Chicken And Broccoli Skillet
- 1.10 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless cut into 1 inch pieces (500 g)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce 2.02 fluid oz | 60 ml
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cups steamed broccoli florets 12.34 oz | 350 g
- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat with oil. Stir fry the chicken breast and cook for about 3 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar and garlic. Pour in the skillet. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli and stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the stove, garnish with sesame and serve with rice.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data"