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Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli will soon be a favorite in your house! Recipe on

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli will soon be a favorite in your house! Recipe on

This past weekend, I spent a majority of it checking off a bunch of to-do’s off our checklist for our big upcoming international trip. There really is so much to prep for when you’re about to go away internationally for an extended period of time. Or maybe that’s just me and my type A personality. I already told our credit company that I’ll be international so don’t freeze our credit cards – haha that would really suck! I already have a list of books I’m going to download onto my Kindle for the lonnnnnng flight! Oh, speaking of books – I got a Goodreads account if you want to be friends ;)

I already packed a bunch of toiletries and I separated which are coming with me on the plane and which are going to get checked. After having a really bad experience in the past with lost luggage, I have learned to bring a carry-on suitcase with me with at least 3 days worth of clothes and toiletries, not to mention medication that you take daily. I’m intrigued with the whole idea of dry shampoo – I always feel so gross after being confined on a plane for over 8 hours so I kind of want to try dry shampoo to see if it helps make you feel less ‘dirty.’ I’m sure nothing beats a hot shower (and you can bet that is the first thing I do when we get to our destination) but dry shampoos – are you even allowed to take it on the plane? Isn’t it in like an aerosol can? Or are there powdered ones? I think I read online there are both..hmmm. Have you used dry shampoo before and what are your thoughts? I’m thinking I might need to pick up a small travel-size bottle before we leave.

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli will soon be a favorite in your house! Recipe on

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli will soon be a favorite in your house! Recipe on

 Ok, let me tell you about this dish. OBSESSED is one way to describe it but most importantly, EASY. It takes no time to make it and it is one of our favorite dishes to make now. I make it at least once a week because of how quickly it comes together (yes, really, 20 minutes!) which is super helpful for me during weeknights after work when I have Pure Barre…and it’s healthy! Well, healthy is a relative term depending on how you eat, but it’s totally healthy to us :) This homemade teriyaki sauce is drool-inducing. It’s got the perfect amount of sweetness and I love how thick it is. It coats the dish so well and you’ll basically want to pour it all over your rice, too. You can use this sauce for virtually anything – swap out the broccoli for your favorite veggie, swap out the chicken for your favorite protein. You can use brown rice, quinoa, whatever floats your boat!

Put this on your dinner table TONIGHT. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already, too! :)

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli will soon be a favorite in your house! Recipe on

I mean, goodness…doesn’t that make you want to make this asap?


Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
Recipe type: Main Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 2
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli (see notes below if you're using frozen broccoli)
  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add the broccoli. Blanch the broccoli for 5 minutes then immediately transfer the broccoli to an ice bath (a large bowl of water with ice in it) to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. In a skillet, brown chicken on both sides with vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the broccoli (excess water drained well) then turn the heat down to medium. Gently pour in the sauce and let thicken, about 5 minutes. Gently toss the ingredients in the sauce until everything is coated well.
  4. Serve over rice.
If you're using frozen broccoli, you will not need to do step 2. Make sure you thaw the broccoli out well and drain it of excess water. Add to the skillet the same time the fresh broccoli is added in step 3.



  1. April
    02/07/2016 at 6:07 pm

    Love this recipe I follow the recipe as is

  2. 02/15/2016 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for this easy but lovely dish. Your photos are also great.

  3. KU
    02/19/2016 at 2:44 pm

    I love this sauce – I’ve made it so many times! Last time, I made this dish to meal plan for the week and by Thursday, the sauce was super thick [and still delicious] so next time, I would use less corn starch if I’m keeping the sauce for a later date.

  4. kathryn Bain
    03/06/2016 at 6:51 pm

    I’m going to make it for the 1st. Time now…..I’ll let you know, k?

  5. 03/09/2016 at 7:54 am

    I want to be done so that the broccoli was not wilting and still looks fresh in a dish.. thanks

    • Julie
      03/09/2016 at 11:47 am

      You blanch them (put them in boiling water until halfway cooked and then drain and put them in an ice bath).

  6. Natalie
    03/20/2016 at 9:09 pm

    This was fantastic. Everyone went for seconds. Making your own teriyaki is much better than store bought. The instructions were spot on – easy to follow.

  7. 03/22/2016 at 6:29 pm

    Was looking for something quick and delicious and I definitely found it with your recipe. Thank you for sharing. Will definitely make it again.

  8. Kaz
    04/16/2016 at 7:34 pm

    OMG!! This recipe was so quick and easy. My husband said it came out delicious and my kids that don’t like vegetables they enjoyed it as well. I’m so happy you shared this recipe. Thank you

  9. Juniper Moon
    05/08/2016 at 12:17 am

    Hi there,

    Loved this dish, but one question/suggestion: I followed the suggestions to the tee and was amazed by how much sauce there was! I think when I make this again I will use half the sauce for the same portion. Healthier that way, too. Really, we ended up throwing out so much of the sauce left in the pan! Very delicious, though, a great simple recipe :)

    • Julie
      05/09/2016 at 7:27 am

      Hi, thanks for the feedback! There shouldn’t be much sauce left because the cornstarch should’ve taken care of that. It should’ve thickened the sauce up, therefore being able to coat most of the dish. However, due to your comment, I’m curious was your sauce more on the thick side or the liquidy side?

      • Juniper Moon
        05/09/2016 at 11:16 am

        I would say it was in between–not terribly thick but thick enough that it was very enjoyable and coated all of the food quite nicely. Odd!

      • Julie
        05/09/2016 at 12:18 pm

        Thanks for writing back! I would say then, for you, maybe next time instead of 1/2 cup of soy sauce, do like 1/3 cup of soy sauce, 3 tbsp of water and 3 tbsp. of dark brown sugar, and 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar to reduce the liquid amount a bit.

  10. Tara
    05/10/2016 at 11:23 pm

    I ran across this recipe on Pinterest and I love it!! If I’m making it for a pot luck though, can I make it in the morning and keep warm in the crockpot until lunch time? Would it get too dry or change the consistency?? Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Julie
      05/11/2016 at 7:18 am

      I know that the broccoli will be super mushy and lose its green color from being in the heat for that long. My suggestion would be to blanch the broccoli and not mix it into the dish until right before serving. I’d pour it into the crockpot about 20 minutes before serving so it warms up with everything else.

      • Tara
        05/11/2016 at 9:34 pm

        Thanks so much for your prompt response! It turned out great and was a hit at work.

      • Julie
        05/12/2016 at 7:53 am


  11. 05/19/2016 at 11:01 am

    I’m making this dish tonight for dinner.

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