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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

This air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe makes a super quick weeknight dinner or meal prep. Cubed chicken lightly tossed in flour and air fried until crispy. Tossed in a homemade teriyaki sauce. Ditch the take-out or premade frozen chicken teriyaki and make your own at home! This recipe is budget friendly, family friendly, and a lighter option than the traditional dish.

Serve with steamed white rice or lo mien noodle’s!

Highlights of this air fryer chicken recipe:

  • Family friendly meal, even kids will love
  • Good base recipe, serve with rice, noodles, or veggies
  • Budget friendly
  • Easy clean up, no mess of traditional frying
  • Healthier, no frying in oil
  • Homemade teriyaki sauce is additive and preservative free
  • Keeps for 3-4 days making this a good leftover idea
  • Uses simple ingredients

Quick steps:

  • Cube chicken breast
  • Toss in flour mixture
  • Air fry in batches until crispy
  • Make teriyaki sauce
  • Toss cooked chicken until coated
  • Serve as is or over rice

Grocery store list & substitutions:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, could substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken tenders
  • All purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Soy sauce, could substitute low sodium soy sauce, coconut amino, or tamari
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Minced garlic
  • Cornstarch
  • Substitute store-bought teriyaki sauce or gluten-free teriyaki sauce

This air fryer version of take-out teriyaki chicken is tender cubed chicken tossed in flavorful teriyaki sauce and topped with white sesame seeds and green onions

What to serve air fryer teriyaki chicken with?

Serve this easy teriyaki chicken with Failproof Long Grain Rice in the Instant Pot, Perfect Brown Rice (without a rice cooker), or Perfect Steamed Rice (without a rice cooker). You could also serve over noodles or with stir fried veggies.

How long does chicken take to cook in the air fryer?

Depending on the size and cut of chicken, you’re chicken will be cooked in about 15 minutes. This recipe uses cubed boneless skinless chicken breast so it cooks in 12-15 minutes. If you have a larger chicken breast or chicken that has bones in it, it could take closer to 18-25 minutes to cook. Always make sure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees before consuming, use a meat thermometer if needed!

What temperature do you cook raw chicken in the air fryer?

I always cook my chicken at 400 degrees. It cooks quick, saving time and ensure it gets crispy. Starting with less cooking time and adding more as needed ensures the chicken doesn’t over cook and get tough.

What is homemade teriyaki sauce made out of?

Homemade teriyaki sauce is so simple to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. Save money and avoid additives/preservatives by making your own. Consisting of soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, water, and cornstarch this sauces thickens up great and has nice flavor. Perfect for this delicious teriyaki chicken.

A quick weeknight meal the whole family will love

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Tools I used for this air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe:

chicken over a bowl of rice

Pro tips & tricks for best results:

  • Cut chicken into even sized cubes for even cooking.
  • Toss chicken is a large gallon bag! Add flour mix and cubed chicken to a gallon zip top bag, seal, and toss mess free.
  • Spread chicken out evenly in the air fryer basket so nothing gets soggy.
  • If you plan to air fry a lot of chicken (if you are multiplying this recipe), preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. and have a sheet pan ready. After each batch of chicken transfer to the sheet pan and keep warm in the oven until ready to eat.
  • Enjoy immediately for best texture!
  • Double the sauce recipe if you want extra teriyaki sauce for dipping

Instructions for the air fryer chicken recipe:

For the easy homemade teriyaki sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and water. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in the cornstarch, whisking well, and allow to simmer 5-10 minutes, stirring often until thick and reduced. If the sauce is to thick, thin with a little water.

For the flavorful chicken:

  • In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Toss the cubed chicken in the flour mixture to evenly coat*.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Once preheated, add the chicken into the air fryer basket in a single layer*. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Chicken is done when it has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Transfer cooked chicken to a large mixing bowl, top with the sauce, and toss to combine.
  • Serve over steamed rice. Leftover chicken will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Notes:

*You can also toss the chicken in a large gallon bag for even coating and less mess.

*Chicken needs to cook in a single layer in order to get crispy. If needed, cook in batches and keep warm in a 250 degree oven.

teriyaki chicken topped with sesame seeds and green onions

Serve this as a main course or as part of a fun spread for take-out at home night!

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Keyword: Air Fryer Recipes, Rice Bowls, teriyaki chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 181kcal
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Equipment:

  • Air fryer

Ingredients:  

For the chicken:

  • 2 6-8 oz. Boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/3 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch

Instructions:

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and water. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in the cornstarch, whisking well to dissolve, and allow to simmer 5-10 minutes, stirring often until thick and reduced. If the sauce is to thick, thin with a little water.

For the chicken:

  • In a small bowl combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Toss the cubed chicken in the flour mixture to evenly coat*.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Once preheated, add the chicken into the air fryer basket in a single layer*. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Chicken is done when it has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Transfer cooked chicken to a large mixing bowl, top with the sauce, and toss to combine.
  • Serve over steamed rice. Leftover chicken will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Notes:

*You can also toss the chicken in a large gallon bag for even coating and less mess.
*Chicken needs to cook in a single layer in order to get crispy. If needed, cook in batches and keep warm in a 250 degree oven.

Nutrition:

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 181 kcalCarbohydrates: 42 gProtein: 3 gFat: 0.2 gSaturated Fat: 0.02 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02 gCholesterol: 0.3 mgSodium: 1527 mgPotassium: 171 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 31 gVitamin A: 141 IUVitamin C: 3 mgCalcium: 35 mgIron: 1 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

bowl of air fryer teriyaki chicken with chopsticks

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