20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful! | gimmesomeoven.com

They always say that weddings come in waves, right?

I’ll say.

Last night, Barclay and I attended our fifth — that’s right, fifth — wedding in the month of May.  It’s been a whirlwind of showers, and ceremonies, and receptions, and toasts, and dances, and me-making-Barclay-pose-for-fancy-selfies (and caricatures!), to be sure. But it has been such a fun month.  I always get so dang excited seeing people I love finding people they love, especially many of these friends who have been waiting for this season for years and years.  And I love seeing all of the beautiful and unique ways our friends choose to celebrate.  And I love getting to be there to celebrate with them!  

Without a doubt, last night was the perfect celebration to wrap up the month.  My friends, Kevin and Stacey (who I mentioned a few years ago in this post), tied the knot out in the middle of a field on a stunning spring evening.  It was my first time attending a full-on Egyptian Orthodox ceremony, and the liturgy and music and traditions were so beautiful and moving.  As was, of course, seeing my radiant friend and her sweet daughter walk down the aisle together to become a family of three with this incredible man we all love.  And then afterwards?!  (I may have freaked out just the tiniest bit.)   Guys, they had a nacho bar!!!  Oh my goodness, I could not begin to imagine a more perfect dinner for a wedding, and the perfect fuel for the evening of dancing the night away in the setting spring sun.  Yet one more reason why I love these friends, and why I loved this night.

Well, before we made our way out to the edge of town for this wedding, I was buzzing around trying to get 101 things done before the end of the weekend.  And as the perfect fuel for my afternoon of errands, and bills, and all of the not-so-fun-jobs that needed to be done, I decided to use some leftovers in the fridge to whip up some simple teriyaki chicken.  I had randomly been craving teriyaki this week, and already had some rice and broccoli in the house to serve up as sides.  So I stir-fried up a quick batch, and within 20 minutes, this deliciousness was on the table.

Too good and too easy not to share with you!

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful! | gimmesomeoven.com

Many of you have probably tried out my recipe for Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, which has been one of the most-viewed recipes on the blog for years.  And also happens to be one of my favs.

But if you ever have the craving for chicken teriyaki and want it now — or, you know, like 20 minutes from now — then this quick and easy version may be for you.

Simply cut up some boneless skinless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, and start sauteing them in a skillet.  Then while they’re cooking, whisk together this simple teriyaki sauce shown above.  (I also multitasked and popped some rice in my rice cooker, and steamed some broccoli while getting everything else ready, which I highly recommend.  YUM.)

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then once the chicken is cooked and ready to go, just stir in the teriyaki sauce.  And within about a minute, it will start to simmer and get nice and thick.

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then it’ll be ready to go!!

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful! | gimmesomeoven.com

Feel free to serve it with any of your favorite sides.  Or you’re also welcome to saute some veggies in there along with the chicken, and toss everything together in the sauce.  (<– Although if you add tons of veggies, I’d recommend making a little extra sauce.)

Definitely a classic meal that’s always a crowd pleaser.  And all the better when made in a snap!

Enjoy!

20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful!

Ingredients:

20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1 batch teriyaki sauce (see below)
  • optional toppings: toasted sesame seeds, thinly-sliced green onions

Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions:

To Make The 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken:

  1. Season the chicken with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  2. In a large saute pan or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and saute, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.
  3. Meanwhile, as the chicken is cooking, prepare your teriyaki sauce.
  4. Once the chicken is ready to go, pour the teriyaki sauce over it, then toss to combine until the chicken is evenly coated.  Continue cooking until the sauce reaches a simmer and thickens.
  5. Remove from heat, and serve immediately, garnished with optional toppings if desired.

To Make The Teriyaki Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

I served this teriyaki chicken with rice (cooked in 20 minutes in my rice cooker) and broccoli (which I steamed, then tossed with a little bit of soy sauce and sesame oil while the chicken was cooking).

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

This 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally-sweetened with honey, and so flavorful! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands — May 23, 2016 @ 8:30 am (#)

    5 weddings in one month?? No wonder you made a 20-minute recipe, what else would you have time for :)

  2. Kari — May 23, 2016 @ 10:35 am (#)

    I am always looking for fast, easy recipes like this. Sounds like such a fun, but busy month!
    Kari

  3. Roxana — May 23, 2016 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    I love quick and easy dinners!  Thank you for this one!

  4. Jackie — May 23, 2016 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it was amazing!  Gobbled up by my 2, 4, and 6 year olds and myself.  I didn’t have mirin, so I used sherry cooking wine instead.  I served it with brown rice and steamed carrots.  I am seriously considering having it for breakfast tomorrow…and am hiding the leftovers from my husband.  ;)  Thanks for a great, quick recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jackie — we’re so happy you and your kiddos enjoyed this! And that’s too funny that you’re hiding the leftovers from your husband! :D

  5. Emily — May 23, 2016 @ 10:05 pm (#)

    Where do you shop? I live in KC and am looking for mirin from this recipe and white miso from the brussell sprouts recipe!

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

      I love getting those ingredients at Chinatown in the River Market. :)

  6. Katie — May 24, 2016 @ 11:36 am (#)

    Chicken teriyaki in 20 minutes? Say no more!!!

    • Ali — May 24th, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

      I hope you enjoy it Katie! :)

  7. Nancy Henderson — May 26, 2016 @ 6:57 am (#)

    Thanks for posting such an amazing recipe…. my stomach just growled. Surely want to try out this recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 27th, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

      You’re welcome Nancy — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  8. Paris — May 28, 2016 @ 4:04 am (#)

    This was amazing,
    I made it for me and my parter tonight and served it with brown rice. 
    Its amazing how many little ingridents used and how nice it taste.
    Much better than the store brough sauces which you dont know what goes into them.
    Thank you!!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 8:33 am

      We’re so glad you both enjoyed it Paris — thanks for sharing with us! :)

  9. Lindsay Cotter — May 31, 2016 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    This looks so delicious and healthier than a take-out version! It’s a win-win for sure!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 9:22 am

      Thanks Lindsay — we hope you enjoy! :D

  10. Teddy — June 1, 2016 @ 8:05 am (#)

    Great recipe. Chicken breasts and sesame.. just marvelous. I think I can eat that forever. Thanks a lot. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks Teddy — we’re so happy you enjoy it! :)

  11. Dawn Wester — September 2, 2016 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    This recipe was fantastic! I loved that it used honey instead of sugar for those of us who are watching our sugar intake. At least with the honey, the sweetness isn’t metabolized like sugar. Great job!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 4th, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Dawn!

  12. Linda — September 13, 2016 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    This recipe is really good and very easy. Delicious leftovers!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      Thanks, Linda — we’re glad to hear you enjoy it!

  13. Sommer — November 29, 2016 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    This recipe looks amazing and I’m so excited to try it tonight! I can’t have any alcohol in my diet, do you have a recommendation for a substitute for the mirin?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

      Thanks, Sommer, we hope you enjoy it! As for a substitute for the mirin, you could use white vinegar.

  14. Christina Hayes — December 8, 2016 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    Wow. You really had zero time to cook. I am going to try this out tonight. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 15th, 2016 @ 10:46 am

      We hope you enjoyed it!

  15. Monika — January 3, 2017 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Made it today, really easy and tasty! This with rice and green onions was enough for me and my husband. Will make it again!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 13th, 2017 @ 9:35 am

      We’re so glad you guys enjoyed it, Monika!

  16. Brittany — March 15, 2017 @ 8:54 pm (#)

    I have been making 4 meals for the week every Sunday for the past month. It has saved me a lot of time and effort on cooking throughout the week, so I eat out less. I came across a chicken teriyaki stir fry type recipe to make ahead for 4 days of meals (Monday-Thursday) but many of the comments said it was not very good, since the “sauce” was just soy sauce and honey. Anyways, my question is do you think this would last all week if I made it on Sunday? I wasn’t sure if the other recipe intentionally cut things out to make it last longer during the week as far as taste and texture go. Thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

      Hi Brittany! The sauce will definitely last through the week if you make it on Sunday and store it in the fridge. We hope you enjoy the recipe!