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Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

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This teriyaki chicken and broccoli really does come together in 20 minutes! The sweet and savory sauce coats the chicken and broccoli for a flavorful dish to serve alongside rice or noodles.

overhead shot of teriyaki chicken and broccoli in a white bowl with white rice and wooden spoon

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli recipe will be one that you keep on your dinner menu rotation WEEKLY. OBSESSED is one way to describe this recipe 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.

You can also watch a video of me making it below! I think once you see how easy it is to make, you’ll want to make it too!

close up of white bowl filled with rice and teriyaki chicken and broccoli

Why do we love this teriyaki chicken and broccoli recipe so much?

Well, first of all, the homemade teriyaki sauce is drool-inducing. Its 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. Or noodles! You can totally make teriyaki chicken and broccoli with noodles too.

Additionally, 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, noodles — whatever floats your boat! We also can’t complain that dish comes together in 20 minutes.

This is WAY better than take-out! Faster than any take-out restaurant can get to you. Can we call that a win?!

overhead shot of teriyaki chicken and broccoli in a white bowl with wooden spoon

What you’ll need:

All you need are basic pantry ingredients to put together this teriyaki sauce for the teriyaki chicken and broccoli.

  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Rice vinegar
  • Cornstarch

The full recipe with measurements is below!

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Common questions

Would you serve teriyaki chicken and broccoli with noodles? Why not? I think it would be SO good with lo-mein style noodles. The thick sauce would coat all the noodles and you can twirl the noodles together with the chicken and broccoli!

Can you use chicken thighs? Yes! In fact, I tend to use chicken thighs more than chicken breast. I suggest boneless skinless chicken thighs and cubing them into about 1 inch pieces.

Can I use frozen broccoli? Yes, you can. Just make sure to thaw it out and drain it of excess liquid before you add it to the pan.

My sauce isn’t thickening, what am I doing wrong? Make sure you have our heat on at least medium high. Cornstarch uses heat to activate.

overhead shot showing the teriyaki chicken and broccoli with rice sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds

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Watch me make this easy 20-minute chicken and broccoli teriyaki recipe below!

Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

This easy 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli will soon be a favorite in your house!
4.80 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 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 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

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Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve over rice.

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Recipe Notes

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.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 356 kcal | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Protein: 22 g | Fat: 10 g | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 27 g

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Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: beef and broccoli, cake recipe, chicken, dinner, quick and easy, teriyaki
Recipe Rating




Laura

Monday 13th of June 2022

This was very good! The last few times I’ve had takeout I’ve wanted more meat and more veggies so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own and this hit the spot! The sauce was a little vinegary but I cut down the sugar so likely user error. I also added carrots and bell pepper. Will definitely make again!

Jennifer

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

This is my 12 year old sons new favorite meal. I also add sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, and carrots. I use 2 chicken breasts and double the sauce as well. Great recipe, thanks!

Bill

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

@Jennifer, good for you, that sounds very healthy.

beth

Monday 21st of June 2021

Made this for lunch today.. blended the sauce first thing this morning and refrigerated.... Cooked chicken and broccoli and brown rice at lunchtime. Threw in some raw snowpeas at the end... All was Wonderful! Srinkled on some toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes........ SO Good! Thanks for a great recipe. Look forward to trying more from your interesting collection!

Taylor

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Can I sub out the teriyaki sauce for bottled Lawry’s teriyaki sauce? I have a pretty limited pantry.

Julie Chiou

Thursday 11th of March 2021

yes, you can

Kim

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

This is so easy and so good! Add cashews before serving!!