Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry Recipe – colorful vegetables, juicy chicken and sweet homemade teriyaki sauce simmered together stir-fry style. Fast dinner for busy days!
TERIYAKI CHICKEN STIR FRY
It’s time for another quick and easy takeout dinner recipe! This time, it’s stir fry! Colorful, vibrant and rich in flavors and color and so easy to make in one pan. Juicy chicken, red pepper, gorgeous vibrant broccoli with my best homemade teriyaki sauce, is one of the easiest dinners you will make! You can make a delicious stir fry in one skillet in under 20 minutes. Serve over rice or with noodles and enjoy!
How to make Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry?
- Start by cooking chicken in oil, in a large skillet. Once the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, remove it onto a plate.
- Add more oil to the pan if needed and add onion and bell pepper. Saute until the pepper is tender and onion translucent.
- Mix all ingredients for the teriyaki sauce in a measuring cup. Add chicken back to skillet, pour sauce over it and cook until the sauce thickens.
- The last step is to add steamed vegetables, like broccoli. Serve stir-fry over rice or with noodles, like I did in my Easy Chicken Stir Fry and Moo Goo Gai Pan stir fry.
How to serve this stir fry?
My favorite way to serve stir fry is on a bed of perfectly cooked, fluffy rice (stove-top or Instant Pot). You can serve it in a bowl or on plate, plating stir fry on the side or directly on the rice.
Another great way to serve stir fry is with noodles. You can use rice noodles, udon noodles, chow mein noodles, flat thin egg noodles, even spaghetti or linguine.
If you want to go low-carb way, use Boston lettuce leaves and serve the stir fry in lettuce cups. It’s fresh and pretty!
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
This dish is perfect for meal prep. Simply cook the rice and make the stir-fry in a pan. Divide evenly among your storage containers and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. This recipe will make enough for 4 days of lunches or dinners for one person.
Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry variations:
- You can play with this recipe and substitute ingredients with what you have on hands. Use honey in place of brown sugar in the teriyaki sauce. Add more chili paste or sriracha for even more heat and spice.
- Make this a vegetarian stir fry and skip the chicken. Add mushrooms, edamame beans, sugar snap peas, baby corn, bamboo shoots, etc. Serve in lettuce cups.
- To make it gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce or liquid aminos.
- Use pork, beef or shrimp in place of chicken for this stir-fry.
Best Vegetables for Asian Stir Fry:
The best broccoli for stir fry, in my opinion, is steamed. You can buy frozen bags of broccoli florets that can be steamed in the microwave. Add the cooked florets to stir fry just before serving. If you cook the broccoli with onion and pepper, it will loose its vibrant green color and add a lot of water to the sauce. You can also simply buy a stir fry vegetable mix and just use that.
You can add mushrooms and saute with onion and pepper. Any mushrooms work great here!
Another great vegetable that adds color and texture is edamame beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas or just regular sweet peas.
Add bamboo shoots, baby corn, shredded or thinly sliced carrots, water chestnuts. In other words, use any vegetables you like in stir fry!
Chicken Breast or Chicken Thighs?
Use what you have! Chicken thighs are great in takeout recipes like stir fry. I used them in my Easy Sesame Chicken recipe. They have more dark meat which makes them more flavorful. I like to buy large trays of chicken and cut each breast or thigh into bite-size pieces, place in a ziploc bag, label it and freeze it. It’s one less step you need to do when making stir fry, since your chicken will be already cut.
Tips for making The Best Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry:
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a one cup measuring cup, like a glass Pyrex cup. It’s helpful since you can easily measure out the soy sauce and since the cup has a spout, pouring the sauce into the pan is a breeze.
- Use steamed broccoli. I tested this recipe with fresh and thawed (previously frozen) broccoli florets and added them to onion and pepper to saute and cook together. While the dish still tasted great, the broccoli lost all of its vibrant color. It’s better to steam it in a bag in the microwave and add to the stir fry after the sauce is cooked and thick and before serving. It makes for a vibrant and pretty dish!
- Use cornstarch to make the sauce. Cornstarch is known for making smooth sauces and I always use it as a thickener. Keep the flour for baking and use cornstarch in sauces. It’s also a great option for gluten free dishes.
- I know that sesame oil is not something everyone has in their pantry. You can skip this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand. I do recommend trying it though. It’s very potent and strong so a bottle of this oil will last you a long time. It really adds a very characteristic flavor to the dish.
- Save a step and time and make a batch of my Homemade Teriyaki Sauce and store it in the fridge. Use it in this Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry recipe and just heat up.
- Use my recipe to make the Perfect Fluffy Rice to serve with this Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry. Over the years, I’ve got wonderful feedback from those who made it to serve with my Asian takeout recipes. It’s fail-proof and you do not need a rice steamer to make it.
MORE EASY ASIAN RECIPES:
For more Asian takeout recipes, check out my Quick and Easy Asian Takeout Recipes round up. It’s filled with ideas and easy dinner suggestions for your skip-the-takeout nights. It’s so much better and healthier to cook it at home.
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Colorful vegetables, juicy chicken and sweet homemade teriyaki sauce simmered together stir-fry style. Fast dinner for busy days!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
- 2 cups steamed broccoli (see note)
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 medium yellow onion
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha or chili paste optional
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish
In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, ginger, garlic, cornstarch and water. Add chili paste if using. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat up olive oil. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, done and starts to have golden brown color. Remove onto a plate. Set aside.
Add 2 teaspoons more of oil to the skillet. Add onion and pepper. Saute until the pepper is tender.
Add chicken back to skillet. Add sauce mixture and cook, stirring often until the sauce has thickened. Add steamed broccoli.
- Serve over rice, garnished with sesame seeds and/or chopped green onions.
I highly recommend using steamable vegetables for this recipe. Steam broccoli and add to stir fry just before serving. If you add it with onion and pepper and then saute the vegetables together, the broccoli will loose it's vibrant green color and add too much water to the sauce. You can buy frozen bags of broccoli florets in the freezer section of any grocery store.
Use my recipe to make the Perfect Fluffy Rice to serve with this Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry. Over the years, I've got a wonderful feedback from those who made it to serve with my Asian takeout recipes. It's fail-proof and you do not need rice steamer to make it.