These easy teriyaki chicken skewers are easy to cook on the grill, or bake in the oven. Tender chicken breasts are coated in a delicious, sticky teriyaki glaze, and cooked to perfection in only 15 minutes.
Chicken skewers are perfect as a light entree, and they can either be baked in the oven, or cooked on your grill. It's essentially teriyaki chicken on a stick, and it's just as easy to make as it sounds!
Grilled teriyaki chicken is a summer favorite, and it's so easy to customize to suit your preferences. It's also just as easy to prepare it in the oven, so you can choose your favorite cooking method.
Why you'll love it
- Easy to make
- Only a few ingredients needed
- Grill or bake the chicken skewers
- Easy to customize
- Kid friendly
- Lean and low calorie
Chicken: Lean chicken breasts, or boneless skinless chicken thighs are perfect for this dish. Use any boneless chicken of your choice! If you want to use frozen chicken, you will have to defrost it first.
Teriyaki sauce: Use your favorite teriyaki sauce for this recipe. I prefer to use a thick, sticky sauce. These are often labelled "teriyaki glaze" in the stores. You can also use my favorite Healthy Teriyaki Sauce.
Sesame seeds: Garnish the skewers with toasted sesame seeds. This adds a lovely flavor, but is completely optional.
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
One: Dice or slice the chicken against the grain into bite sized pieces.
Two: Coat the chicken in a layer of teriyaki sauce. You can optionally place the chicken in the refrigerator for an hour to allow it to marinate.
Three: Pierce the chicken onto skewers. Bake in the oven at 400 F / 200 C for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through. Alternatively, cook on a grill for about 5 minutes on each side.
💡 TIP! Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken has cooked through. Chicken is safe to eat when the internal temperature reads 165 F or 74 C.
- Cut the chicken into similar sized pieces. This allows it to cook more evenly.
- Use a thick teriyaki glaze, marinade or dipping sauce.
- If the teriyaki sauce drips off the meat during cooking, you can add more sauce before you serve the chicken.
- Feel free to add extra seasoning to give the chicken more flavor.
- Allow the meat to marinade for 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours. This will increase the teriyaki flavor.
- Be careful when handling skewers, as they tend to be hot.
- If you use wooden skewers, they have to be soaked in water before use, as this prevents them from catching fire. Follow the instructions on the packaging of the skewers. Metal skewers can be used immediately.
Teriyaki chicken skewers are best served as an entree for lunch or dinner, and ideally paired with your favorite side dishes. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Rice: Thai Coconut Rice, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, Dill Rice
- Vegetables: Sauteed Spinach, Thai Cucumber Salad, Spicy Roasted Carrots
- Other side dishes: Air Fryer Garlic Bread
Teriyaki chicken kabobs: In addition to chicken pieces, you can add diced vegetables to your skewers. Try diced pineapple, cherry tomatoes, red peppers and mushrooms.
Spicy teriyaki chicken: Add red pepper flakes to the teriyaki marinade if you prefer a little heat.
Gluten free: Make sure that your teriyaki sauce is certified as gluten free. You can find gluten free teriyaki sauce in most major supermarkets.
Low carb + keto: Use sugar free and low carb teriyaki sauce.
Store leftover chicken teriyaki skewers in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a microwave, oven or on the stove.
I like to remove any leftover chicken from the skewers, and simply store the leftover meat. You can add leftover teriyaki chicken to salads, stir fries and other dishes.
Frequently asked questions
These are generally the same product, but two different cooking methods have been used. If chicken is cooked in a "teriyaki marinade", the meat has been marinated in the sauce before cooking. If it's cooked with "teriyaki sauce", the sauce has been added before or after cooking.
Teriyaki chicken can be healthy, depending on how it has been prepared. If this meat is grilled or baked, this is generally healthier compared to frying. Choose low sugar and low sodium teriyaki sauce for a healthier alternative.
If you're cooking chicken in a sauce like teriyaki, marinating the meat beforehand can make it more tender, and it will also allow the chicken to absorb more flavor from the sauce.
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- Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry
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- Instant Pot Chicken Stew
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- Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry
- Cashew Chicken Stir Fry
- Chicken Rogan Josh
If you make this recipe, make sure to post a photo to Instagram with #hintofhealthy!
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
- 4 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- Dice or slice the chicken against the grain into bite sized pieces.
- Coat the chicken in a layer of teriyaki sauce. You can optionally place the chicken in the refrigerator for an hour to allow it to marinate.
- Pierce the chicken onto skewers. Bake in the oven at 400 F / 200 C for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through. Alternatively, cook on a grill for about 5 minutes on each side.
- Store leftovers in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in an oven, microwave or on the stove.