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Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

Teriyaki chicken and broccoli is an easy dinner to cook when you’re hungry but don’t have much time. I even use frozen broccoli to save time because it’s already washed and cut.

Teriyaki chicken and broccoli in a pan

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.

Broccoli, teriyaki sauce, chopped chicken, and uncooked rice

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.

Chicken and broccoli in a pan.

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.

Teriyaki over chicken and broccoli.

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.

Rice and water added to the pan

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.

If you take your lunch to work, make this chicken salad for sandwiches. There are some times when you want light fare for dinner, so make this Mediterranean salad with chicken.

Teriyaki chicken and broccoli is an easy one-pan meal that you can cook in a hurry. All you need are four ingredients and less than 30 minutes to cook this delicious family dinner.
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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.

You might also like a side of bread. If so, try this cornbread or these garlic pull-apart rolls.

After all that food, you may be too full to have dessert. However, if your sweet tooth takes over, try a slice of this chocolate walnut pie or a couple of these coconut macaroon cookies.

More Delicious Recipes

If you like to discover great new recipes, check out Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth, Meal Plan Monday at Julia’s Simply Southern, and Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

Yield: 4 servings

Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

Teriyaki chicken and broccoli in a pan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the rice and water. Stir well.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 250Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 63mgSodium 2152mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 22g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Monday 14th of October 2019

This looks so good, we will love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,453. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen

Mother of 3

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

We're having teriyaki chicken (and shrimp) with broccoli and rice tonight but I can't believe I have never thought to use a rotisserie chicken before!


Thursday 10th of October 2019

Hi Joanne. It's a real time and money saver! I use rotisserie chicken for quite a few recipes.

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