This Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry is an easy dinner recipe that you need in your life! Ready under 30 minutes, we are simply combining pieces of chicken tenderloins along with charred green beans (PSA: best kind of green beans) along with our simple homemade teriyaki sauce that will turn you into a teriyaki sauce snob forever!
The best way to serve this is definitely over white or brown rice because rice will soak up that sticky, crazy flavorful Teriyaki sauce and it pairs amazingly well with the juicy chicken and crunchy veggies.
It’s so good you may be licking your bowl clean at the end of it!
Can you tell I’m slightly obsessed?
This has quickly become one of our favorite easy weeknight dinner meals. And the secret is truly in the sauce.
Never settle for store-bought, pre-made sauce, because they are just not the same! Especially when this homemade Teriyaki Sauce is made with simple, easy-to-find ingredients. Before you know it, homemade Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry is a real thing in your life!
Teriyaki is a popular sauce in Japanese cuisine. This particular recipe is not the most authentic teriyaki chicken recipe (check out RecipeTin Japan’s very authentic take on this here) but instead it retains a lot of the authentic teriyaki flavors while using pantry-friendly ingredients – making this recipe super accessible and easy!
I also wanted to create a dish where we can quickly incorporate veggies and turn it into a wholesome one-bowl dinner, lunch or meal prep. In other words, an easy everyday meal for busy people!
And that’s how this Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry came about!
First, let’s start with the teriyaki sauce. This is my tried and true way of making my homemade teriyaki sauce. It is simple, easy and has that umami flavor thanks to a special ingredient we incorporated:
- Soy sauce – Kikoman is my favorite brand to use when making Japanese food.
- Mirin – that’s really the secret to the umami flavors in the sauce. Do not skip this! It can often be found in most mainstream grocery store in the Asian aisle. If not, most Asian grocery stores carry them. Lots of Japanese dishes have Mirin in them! If you want to cook more Japanese food, you’ll be using this a lot.
- Brown sugar – White sugar is okay to use if you don’t have brown sugar.
- Sesame oil – a nutty oil used a lot in Asian dishes. Bring about a distinct taste and flavor
- Rice vinegar – bring about a slight tangy flavor to the sauce. We are only using a little bit of this because we don’t want the sauce overly sour. you can substitute with white vinegar if in a pinch.
- Corn starch – used to thicken the sauce
- Water – we need a little water to dilute the Teriyaki Sauce so that it is not overly salty.
In addition to ingredients for the sauce, we will also need:
- Chicken tenderloins – cut into cubes. I like using tenderloins more than breast because I find them juicier and more tender. If you only have chicken breast, that is okay to use as well.
- Green beans – you can use any veggies for this but I love the slightly charred green beans coated in sticky Teriyaki Sauce. It will convert green bean haters into green bean lovers (e.g. my husband!)
- Garlic – it’s hard to cook Asian food without garlic! Use fresh and avoid substituting with garlic powder.
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
Now that we have laid out all the necessary ingredients, let’s get cooking!
The very first thing to do is to combine all the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small bowl and use a whisk to whisk the sauce until it is nice and smooth, i.e. no more lumps from corn starch.
Once oil is hot, bring green beans to skillet/wok and cook until it is soft on the inside and charred on the outside. Stir continuously so all sides of the green beans are charred and not one side gets over-burned. At any point, lower heat slightly if wok or skillet is getting too hot and is burning the green beans too quickly before the insides is soft.
We are cooking the green beans first because it takes a lot longer to cook them compared to the chicken.
Once it is slightly charred on the outside and soft on the inside, remove and set aside.
Then add more vegetable oil to skillet and let skillet heat under high heat again. Then add cubed chicken tenderloins (make sure to pat dry it prior to this!)
Sear chicken and stir so that all sides are cooked properly.
Then bring green beans back into the skillet, add minced garlic, then add sauce!
Stir continuously to combine everything so green beans and chicken are evenly coated in that yummy Teriyaki Sauce. As it cooks, you will find that the sauce will thicken slowly.
Once sauce is thickened and chicken and green beans are coated in Teriyaki Sauce, you are done!
Serve that delicious Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry over rice, and prepare to feast your heart out!
This dish proves once and for all that simple CAN be delicious!
Stir Fry Tips
A few tips and tricks that will help bring success to your stir fry!
- The stir fry process goes quickly so prepare everything ahead of time and set it in arm’s reach next to the stove before you start cooking.
- Cook under high heat if possible! Use a skillet or wok that can withstand high heat. Wait until oil is hot before adding ingredients so they get a nice sear.
- Make sure to pat dry ingredients before adding them to the wok, especially chicken. If ingredients are wet, it will create a pool of water at the bottom of the skillet and ingredients will not be seared well in hot oil.
- Do not overcrowd your skillet or wok – if doubling the recipe, cook in two batches.
- Stir continuously so that all the ingredients are cooked evenly.
For more stir fry tips, check out 8 Tips to a Great Stir Fry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this dish keep well?
Absolutely! In fact, this is one of my favorite thing to make for meal prep! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, heat in microwave. It heats very well too.
White rice, brown rice, or even fried rice goes very well with it. In addition, any veggies such as green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, baby corn, white onions will also go with it.
Teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce in addition to other sauces and seasoning. So think of Teriyaki Sauce as a more complex sauce compared to soy sauce. It has more dimension of flavors (sweet, savory, slightly tangy etc).
More Asian Stir Fry Recipes
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry
- Shrimp Stir Fried Noodles
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry
- Asian Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry (by Christie at Home)
If you make this recipe, comment below and let me know what you think! Also, don’t forget to take a picture and tag me on Instagram, because I WANNA SEE!!
Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
- 8 oz green beans
- 1 lbs chicken tenderloins cubed
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil or more as needed
- 3 cloves garlic minced
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Mirin
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 2 tbsp water
- Bring all the Teriyaki Sauce ingredients into a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Heat skillet or wok with vegetable oil under high heat. Once oil is hot, add green beans (make sure it is pat dry if it is wet) and stir continuously until green beans are slightly charred on the outside and soft on the inside. This will take at least 3 minutes and most likely more. If green beans are burned but the insides are still not cooked, lower heat slightly.
- Remove green beans and set aside.
- Add more vegetable oil to skillet if needed and heat under high heat, then add chicken pieces. Stir and sear chicken until it is fully cooked. This should only take a couple of minutes – avoid overcooking chicken.
- Add green beans back into the skillet, add garlic, then add Teriyaki Sauce.
- Stir to combine chicken and green beans in Teriyaki Sauce. Once it is combined, remove from heat promptly.
- Serve (highly recommend with rice) and enjoy!