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Teriyaki chicken and broccoli is an easy dinner to cook when you’re hungry but don’t have much time. For this reason, I like to get a rotisserie chicken from Costco. All I have to do is chop it up and toss it into whatever I’m cooking.
You’ll also love the fact that this is a budget-friendly meal. In fact, with a rotisserie chicken, this is easily a $10 family dinner.
I’ve tried a variety of teriyaki sauces, but the brand doesn’t seem to matter. The most important thing is that it’s the thick type. I’ve actually made it from scratch in the past, with soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, some spices, and a splash of citrus.
You can make teriyaki chicken and broccoli with the sauce that’s watery. However, it will have a completely different texture.
Since my dad was in the U.S. Air Force and we were stationed in both Japan and Hawaii, I enjoy Asian foods. One of the staple seasonings in both of these places was teriyaki. I like it on chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp. In fact, I’ve smothered a few meatless dishes in teriyaki because I love the taste so much. It’s even good over rice.
Perfect Quick Dinner
This is one of the best dinners you can cook when you’re in a hurry. For one thing, it doesn’t have to cook long. Another reason is that if you have a well-stocked fridge and pantry, you probably have what you need.
I like to keep a bunch of items on hand so I always have something to cook. If you’re anything like me, there are days when you’re famished, but you don’t want anything that takes too long. That’s why I enjoy cooking dinners like this teriyaki chicken and broccoli.
Ingredients for Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
You only need a few ingredients for this dish, although you can add more seasonings if you like it spicier. Most of the time I would, but I’ve been going a little heavy on spice lately. So I thought I’d give our taste buds a break.
As long as you have cooked chicken, broccoli cuts or florets, teriyaki sauce, and rice, you’ll have what you need. Oh, and you’ll also need water.
You can add other veggies, such as carrots, celery, onions, and peppers if you want. But I kept it simple this time.
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
Cook the chicken and broccoli in a large skillet. Since I used frozen broccoli, I stirred the mixture until it thawed.
Pour your favorite teriyaki sauce over it and stir again. If you want to add more seasonings, this is a good time to do it.
Add rice and water. Stir until everything is mixed. After the liquid begins to boil, cover the skillet and turn down the heat. Simmer until the rice is done—approximately 15 minutes.
Seasonings You Can Add
If you like super spicy-hot food, add a little cayenne, sriracha sauce, or Tabasco. Or you can sprinkle a little ground ginger into the mixture. Experiment to determine what you and your family prefer.
Why I Like to Buy Rotisserie Chickens
When I go to Costco or any other store that sells rotisserie chickens, I like to pick one up. They save a ton of time and provide the foundation for many of our favorite recipes.
My husband and I can typically get four meals out of one chicken. So I would think a family of four can get at least two. You can always stretch meals by adding more veggies, pasta, or rice.
I cook quite a few dishes with rotisserie chicken, including this comforting chicken and rice casserole. It’s one of our favorites at our house. I also like it in the Italian chicken zucchini casserole and this scrumptious chicken pot pie.
Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, so I like to use it whenever possible. My husband doesn’t like it as much as I do, which is why I cook it with sauces.
Here are some of the benefits of broccoli, according to Healthline:
- It is packed with vitamins and minerals.
- Broccoli has antioxidants that help protect our bodies from free radicals that may cause disease.
- Some of the elements of broccoli help reduce inflammation.
- It helps protect our bodies from certain cancers, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and others.
- Broccoli is loaded with fiber that is good for the digestive system, and it helps regulate blood sugar.
- It helps regulate cholesterol by lowering the LDL and triglycerides.
Best Sides for Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
Since this is a self-contained dish that covers most of the food groups, you don’t have to serve a side. However, it’s always nice to include a salad, like this tomato cucumber corn salad. It’s up to you whether or not to add the feta.
More Delicious Recipes
- 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken
- 2 cups of broccoli cuts
- 3/4 cups of teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup of rice
- 3/4 cups of water
- Put the chicken in a skillet and turn the burner on medium-high. If you have a nonstick skillet, you don’t need oil. However, if you don’t use a nonstick pan, spray your skillet with nonstick cooking spray or coat it with oil.
- Add the broccoli and stir. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the chicken and broccoli. Mix well. Cook this mixture until the broccoli has completely thawed.
- Add the rice and water. Stir well.
- After the liquid in the mixture begins to boil, turn down the heat, cover the skillet, and simmer until the rice is fully cooked. It typically takes about 15 minutes.
If you want more seasonings, you might like cayenne pepper, sriracha, or tabasco. You can also add more vegetables, such as carrots, celery, onions, or peppers.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 250 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 63mg Sodium 2152mg Carbohydrates 20g Fiber 3g Sugar 9g Protein 22g