This simple recipe for Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken uses just 2 ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes. Make it a full meal by air frying vegetables, like broccoli and carrots, with your chicken.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken makes a delicious dish for dinner. You can choose to cook only the chicken tenders or add vegetables like broccoli and carrots to the air fryer to make it a simple, healthy complete dinner in only about 20 minutes.
This 3 step recipe uses just 2 ingredients, plus salt and pepper as seasonings. Along with pecan crusted chicken tenders and lemon-lime chicken, it's one of our favorite simple air fryer dinner recipes.
- Chicken tenderloins: this recipe calls for 1.4 pounds of chicken tenders, or 6-8 tenders if you're counting instead of weighing. You can also use chicken breasts, thighs or drumsticks.
- Teriyaki sauce: to make it really easy, we're using a bottle of store bought teriyaki sauce or teriyaki marinade. Both are equally delicious and won't change the method or cook time.
- Salt and black pepper
- Sesame seeds, for serving
- Scallions (green onions), for serving
Should I Use Teriyaki Marinade Or Sauce?
You can use either sauce or marinade. Typically marinades are a little thicker than sauces, but this is not always the case and depends more on the brand. Many sauces are labeled as "marinade and sauce", as the terms are commonly used interchangeably.
Whether you use a marinade or sauce, though, will not affect the recipe.
How Can I Make A Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Instead?
If you'd prefer to make a homemade teriyaki sauce and don't already have a recipe, use this:
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoon of cold water
Mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, honey, minced garlic and ground chicken in a mixing bowl. Stir til smooth, then add in the cornstarch slurry. Mix til smooth then use in the recipe below in place of the store bought sauce.
STEP 1: Prepare the 1.5 lbs chicken tenderloins by trimming away the fat. Put chicken in a large bowl or plastic baggie. Season chicken with salt and black pepper as desired. Add ⅔ cup teriyaki sauce and toss to coat the chicken. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
STEP 2: Place the marinated chicken tenderloins in the air fryer basket or tray. Air fry at 375°F for 12-14 minutes (until a digital thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165℉). Flip chicken halfway through cooking and baste each side with additional teriyaki sauce.
STEP 4: Remove chicken from the air fryer basket and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.
Make It A Full Meal
To make this a full dinner, add broccoli florets and cut carrots to the air fryer. If you're air fryer is large enough, you can add them to the basket when flipping the chicken half way through air frying. If it's not large enough, air fry the vegetables after the chicken is done cooking. It will take about 6 minutes for broccoli and sliced carrots to air fry.
To do this, toss 2 cups of broccoli florets and 1 cup of sliced or chopped carrots with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and add to air fryer basket for 5-7 minutes (as instructed above).
- Marinate the chicken: for the best flavor marinate the chicken in the teriyaki sauce for at least one hour (or up to eight hours).
- Make it a complete dinner by adding vegetables: broccoli and carrots are great with chicken teriyaki, but cauliflower and green beans are good options too.
- Avoid dried out chicken by using a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature for doneness. At its thickest part, the tenders should be cooked only to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Teriyaki Chicken Recipe FAQs
Store chicken teriyaki in the fridge for up to 7 days in an airtight container. It can be reheated in the air fryer on the "reheat" setting for about 5 minutes or in the microwave for about 1 minute on high power.
Yes, teriyaki chicken can be frozen in freezer safe storage bags or containers for up to 6 months.
Air fryer chicken teriyaki is not very sweet. However, if the brand of teriyaki sauce you use is on the sweeter side it may turn out sweet. To me, chicken teriyaki is the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Yes, use any cut of chicken you'd like for this recipe. You'll need to adjust the cook time depending on what chicken you choose. Chicken breasts will take longer to cook than tenders, as do thighs and drumsticks. If you cut the chicken into pieces before air frying, it should take a few minutes less than when using whole pieces.
It is best to marinate the chicken tenders for at least one hour. This will help keep the chicken moist, tender and juicy, plus the chicken will take on more of the teriyaki flavor.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken
- Prepare the 1.5 lbs chicken tenderloins by trimming away the fat. Put chicken in a large bowl or plastic baggie. Season chicken with salt and black pepper as desired. Add ⅔ cup teriyaki sauce and toss to coat the chicken. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Place the marinated chicken tenderloins in the air fryer basket or tray. Air fry at 375°F for 12-14 minutes (until a digital thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165℉). Flip chicken halfway through cooking and baste each side with additional sauce.
- Remove chicken from the air fryer and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced scallions if desired.