Easy Weeknight Teriyaki Chicken With Bottled Sauce

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Teriyaki chicken is a classic for a reason. It’s flavorful, versatile, and perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. This recipe uses bottled teriyaki sauce, making it even simpler to throw together. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying dinner on the table.

Ingredients:

Easy Teriyaki Chicken with Sticky Sauce
Easy Teriyaki Chicken with Sticky Sauce

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: Steamed broccoli or rice for serving

  • Instructions:

    1. Marinate the chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and black pepper. Add the chicken pieces and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes for extra flavor.

    2. Cook the chicken: Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the chicken and marinade, scraping up any browned bits from the bowl. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown.

    3. Thicken the sauce (optional): If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2-3 minutes.

    4. Serve: Serve the teriyaki chicken immediately over steamed broccoli or rice, with any remaining sauce spooned on top. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without rice):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the teriyaki sauce)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the brand of teriyaki sauce you use.

    Conclusion

    Teriyaki chicken is a delicious and satisfying meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Using bottled teriyaki sauce makes it even easier to prepare, without sacrificing any flavor. This recipe is a great base, and you can easily customize it by adding your favorite vegetables or serving it over rice noodles instead of rice.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts?

    Absolutely! Chicken thighs are a great alternative to breasts. They tend to be juicier and more flavorful, but they also take a few minutes longer to cook through. Just be sure to cook them until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

    2. What vegetables can I add to this recipe?

    There are endless possibilities! Some great options include broccoli, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or pineapple chunks for a sweeter twist.

    3. Do I have to marinate the chicken?

    Marinating the chicken helps to tenderize it and infuse it with flavor. However, if you’re short on time, you can skip this step. Just be sure to cook the chicken through completely.

    4. How can I store leftover teriyaki chicken?

    Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave until heated through.

    5. What other sauces can I use besides teriyaki?

    There are many other bottled sauces that would work well with this recipe, such as orange chicken sauce, honey garlic sauce, or sweet and sour sauce. Experiment and find your favorite!