Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken

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Looking for a simple meat dish that you can cook quickly in an air fryer? This air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe features juicy chicken breasts coated in a sweet and savory sauce. It’s perfect for a quick and easy dinner that will leave you feeling satisfied.

air fryer chicken teriyaki over rice.

When you need dinner on the table fast, try this simple chicken recipe. It’s a simple dish that requires only a couple ingredients.

The meat cooks quickly in an air fryer so it can be on the table within a half hour. Adding store-bought teriyaki sauce makes the dish super easy and adds a delicious Asian flare!

Ingredients

You only need 2 simple ingredients to make this easy air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe! We also like to add sesame seeds as a garnish when serving.

air fryer chicken teriyaki recipe ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the simple meat dish:

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Teriyaki sauce

Instructions

To make air fryer teriyaki chicken simply preheat the air fryer, cook the chicken, then top it off with the sauce. That’s it!

Cook the chicken

Once the air fryer is preheated, place your chicken breast pieces in the basket and cook for five minutes.

Flip each chicken piece over. Then air fry for an additional five minutes.

flipping chicken piece in air fryer basket.

Add sauce

Brush on half of the teriyaki sauce and air fry for another five minutes.

brushing teriyaki sauce over chicken in air fryer basket.

Flip the chicken pieces over again and brush on the remaining teriyaki sauce. Continue to air fry for another three minutes.

Tips

  • Use a high quality sauce. There are a lot of delicious pre-made sauces available that are perfect for air fryer teriyaki chicken. My husband like Sweet Baby Ray’s but if you want a good paleo-friendly version, try the one by Primal Kitchen.
  • Marinate the chicken for a few hours. If you have time, it’s best to let the meat marinate in the sauce for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Marinated chicken breasts cooked in an air fryer will be more tender and have added flavor!
  • Substitute the breast with thigh meat. Chicken thighs will be more juicy and flavorful than breast meat.
  • Cut the meat into smaller pieces. For more even and faster cooking, cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks.

Serving suggestions

For a simple dinner idea, serve this delicious teriyaki chicken over rice with a side of steamed vegetables. It’s a classic Asian-inspired meal!

We also like to use chicken teriyaki pieces inside of a wrap or bread slices for a quick and easy lunch option. It’s also perfect as a salad topping for a delicious and filling dinner.

air fryer chicken teriyaki over rice.

FAQs

How long does it take for the air fryer to cook chicken?

It takes about 15 minutes for the air fryer to cook chicken. But cooking time varies on size and whether the meat is boneless or not.

What is the benefit of air frying chicken instead of baking?

Air frying chicken is a healthier option than baking because it uses less oil. Plus, an air fryer cooks meat faster than using an oven.

How can I make my own teriyaki sauce?

There are many recipes for homemade teriyaki sauce available online. Most recipes call for soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, ginger, and garlic. You can adjust the recipe to your taste by adding more or less of any of the ingredients.

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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken

For a simple dinner, try this air fryer chicken teriyaki recipe. It features juicy chicken breasts coated in a sweet and savory sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword air fryer chicken, air fryer chicken teriyaki, chicken teriyaki, teriyaki chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 18kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons bottled teriyaki glaze not marinade
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds optional glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°F.
  • Place chicken in the fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Flip chicken over. Air fry for 5 minutes.
  • Brush on half of the teriyaki glaze. Air fry for 5 minutes.
  • Flip chicken over again and glaze with remaining teriyaki sauce. Air fry for 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Air fry for 2 minutes.
  • Place thighs on a cutting board and slice into bite-sized pieces.

Notes

Use a high quality sauce. There are a lot of delicious pre-made sauces available that are perfect for air fryer teriyaki chicken. My husband like Sweet Baby Ray’s but if you want a good paleo-friendly version, try the one by Primal Kitchen.
Marinate the chicken for a few hours. If you have time, it’s best to let the meat marinate in the sauce for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Marinated chicken breasts cooked in an air fryer will be more tender and have added flavor!
Substitute the breast with thigh meat. Chicken thighs will be more juicy and flavorful than breast meat.
Cut the meat into smaller pieces. For more even and faster cooking, cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks.

Nutrition

Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg
By on July 22nd, 2022

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