Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

Teriyaki chicken on a stick is an easy family favorite recipe.  These tasty marinated chicken teriyaki kebabs are grilled to perfection for the ultimate sweet, salty, and savory bite.  Japanese teriyaki sauce is so easy to make at home and this recipe is wonderful as both the marinade and the basting sauce at the end. What results is a wonderful umami bite of chicken. 

Everyone loves chicken teriyaki and serving it on a stick is a fun and delicious idea.  They are amazing as an appetizer, snack, lunch, or dinner.  These chicken teriyaki skewers are a hit at parties, BBQs, cookouts, and potlucks.   You can serve them so many ways with some great sides or as part of a salad, rice bowl, or lettuce wrap as I share below with more fun ideas. 

 

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Ingredients for Homemade Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

The best chicken to use for chicken teriyaki that will be grilled on a stick is a boneless skinless thinly sliced chicken breast. I can find thin chicken breasts in my store usually.  They are easier to prep as they are already thin enough to easily get through the wooden skewers. You could use boneless skinless chicken thighs too if that is what your family prefers for this teriyaki recipe. 

For the teriyaki chicken marinade and sauce, many traditional Japanese ingredients will be used for that lovely umami flavor that is also sweet and salty.  For this easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe, you will need tamari, brown, sugar, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, & cornstarch.  If you do not have toasted sesame oil, you can try my SUBSTITUTE FOR SESAME OIL

CALORIES & CARBS IN TERIYAKI CHICKEN ON A STICK = 

310 calories & 12.8 net carbs

 

For Gluten-free, Grain-free, or Keto Teriyaki Sauce

It is easy to alter this teriyaki chicken on a stick recipe to make it grain-free or keto. It is already gluten-free since I use tamari instead of regular soy sauce.  If you also want it grain-free, you can leave out the cornstarch that is used to thicken the sauce a bit.  A thinner sauce is just as good, it will just not glaze or stick to the chicken as well as a teriyaki sauce made with cornstarch. 

For the teriyaki chicken recipe to be keto, diabetic-friendly, or low-carb, simply substitute the regular brown sugar with a zero-calorie sugar alternative like Swerve brown sugar. Also, leave out the cornstarch as stated above.   The keto or low-carb teriyaki chicken on a stick will have the following amount of calories and carbs based on the omission of the cornstarch and using Swerve brown sugar vs regular brown sugar. 

CALORIES & CARBS IN KETO TERIYAKI CHICKEN ON A STICK = 

270 calories & 2.7 net carbs

 

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick ingredients

 

 

Best Wooden Skewers for Grilling 

I like to use bamboo wooden skewers when grilling.  They are economical, sustainable, easy to find, and work great whenever you want to make any recipe that goes on a stick.  They are great for barbecues or even when you do not cook, such as fruit kebabs.   Before placing any food that will be cooked later on a wooden skewer, you will want to soak them first.  For fruit kebabs no soaking. But for anything you will grill, bbq, bake, hold over a campfire or stove; you need to soak the sticks first so they are not dry and flammable. 

Soaking Bamboo Skewers

The most important thing to know about using bamboo skewers for grilling, is you want to soak them. If you do not soak them they will light on fire as if they were little matchsticks.  I find soaking them for at least 2-4 hours does the trick, overnight is not needed.   Since this recipe includes a marinade that the sticks may also be submerged in, 2 hours of soaking is plenty.   

To soak bamboo skewers before using, simply place the number of wooden skewers needed into a baking dish that is longer than the skewers are.  Also, make sure the dish is at least 2 inches deep.  This is so the wooden skewers can lay flat in one layer and not be stacked (this is not a game of pick-up sticks).   Add enough water so they are submerged and at least 1/2″ of water is above them.  Let soak for 2 hours. 

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick soak the wooden sticks

 

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

I love fair food and anything on a stick is a big hit.  Without the typical fairs going on in our area the last 2 summers, my craving was real. I wanted to recreate how to make chicken on a stick as they have at the fair.  These are not as huge but they are just as sweet, salty, smoky, sticky, and savory as any great fair stands that serve teriyaki chicken on a stick. 

 

Cut and Skewer the Chicken Breasts

Using a sharp chef’s knife cut each thin chicken breast into long strips that are much wider than the skewers you are using. See below so that you can visualize that you need quite a bit of meat on each side of the wooden stick to skewer through the chicken.   For each strip of chicken, weave the skewer through the meat 3-4 times to secure it on the stick as shown below. 

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick slice and skewer the thin chicken breasts

 

Prepare the Teriyaki Sauce 

To prepare the teriyaki sauce that will be used as both a marinade and a final basting or dipping sauce, here are the easy steps.  Once you have all the ingredients ready it is quick and easy to make the teriyaki sauce. If you want a wonderful spicy teriyaki chicken recipe as an option, you can add chili garlic sauce. 

If using the cornstarch, place all the ingredients except the cornstarch and water in a small saucepan.  Over medium heat, stir to combine. Continuing stirring until the sugar is dissolved and all the ingredients are warm. Reduce the heat to low. 

In a separate small bowl add the water and the cornstarch and stir to dissolve.  Slowly whisk into the teriyaki sauce on the stove to warm.  Shut the heat off once it is combined and thickened. 

If NOT using the cornstarch – In a pourable measuring cup or bowl, add the teriyaki sauce ingredients. Whisk together and it is ready. 

Pour 3/4 of the sauce over the skewered chicken.  Rotate to coat.   Refrigerate and marinate anywhere from 2-4 hours.  Rotate the skewers every hour so that all sides are in the marinade.  

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick pour teriyaki marinade over chicken on the sticks

 

 

How to Cook Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

The best way to cook these teriyaki chicken skewers is on a grill.  While your grill is warming up or the coals are getting ready, let the chicken come to room temperature by having it rest on the counter.  Once your grill is hot and ready, it is time to cook the skewered chicken teriyaki,

Place the teriyaki chicken that is marinated and on sticks directly on the grill grates.  Cook on medium-high heat with the lid open.  For more of why we do this and read all my tips to grill perfectly like a Grill Master.   Rotate the chicken using tongs so that all sides get crispy on the outside.  Cook for about 15 minutes total.  We like a good char on our chicken but cook it to your liking, just make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165°. 

 

Oven Cooking Method for Teriyaki Chicken

If you do not have access to a grill, you can do these in the oven as well.  Preheat the oven to 375°.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook on a broiling pan or a baking sheet.  A baking sheet with a grate would be best but if you don’t have it just put them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Next, bake the chicken until it is done and the internal temperature reaches 165‡

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick on the grill cooking

 

Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the grill and plate it.  Using a pastry brush, baste the chicken on a stick with the remaining teriyaki sauce. You can also use it as a dipping sauce as well.  Honestly, I do a little of both. A few of us like the extra dip and some of us prefer a lighter teriyaki flavoring on our chicken.  Everyone is happy!  

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick complete on a plate with green onions to the bottom and extra teriyaki in a bowl to the side

 

 

What to Serve with Teriyaki Chicken

I have made grilled chicken teriyaki on a stick before and then served it on a platter with butter lettuce leaves, pickled vegetables, and sauces to make your own lettuce wraps.  I highly recommend doing this and serving it along with my pickled vegetables.  

 

How to Make Quick Pickled Vegetables
These salty and sour quick refrigerator pickled vegetables are easy to make. Making your own saves money and allows you to use what vegetables you like.
Check out this recipe
quick pickled vegetables ready in a jar

 

In addition, here are some great recipes to serve and eat with teriyaki chicken on a stick. All of these recipes pair well with the Asian flavors of this homemade chicken teriyaki.

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw
If you want an easy peanutty coleslaw recipe, this Asian avocado peanut coleslaw is the best. This chopped slaw recipe is bursting with fresh vegetables that are dressed in a homemade Asian-inspired dressing that is salty, sweet, and spicy. This slaw is vegan and gluten-free and sure to be one that everyone loves.
Check out this recipe
Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw featured closeup bowl and parsley but no serving utensils recipe card

 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
Check out this recipe
Steamed Broccoli featured in instant pot overhead shot

 

Amazing Roasted Green Beans with Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning
These delicious but easy green beans will be a family favorite. The nutty sesame seasoning that includes garlic and onion adds so much flavor.
Check out this recipe
Amazing roasted green beans with everything but the bagel seasoning featured

 

Furikake Snack Mix
The perfect sweet, savory, salty, and crunchy snack mix. The umami flavors of the furikake seasoning make this way better than your ordinary party or Chex mix.
Check out this recipe
Furikake Snack Mix

 

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick ready to eat plated with shiitake stir fry and more teriyaki chicken plated in the background

 

How to Store Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

If you have leftovers, teriyaki chicken can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer easily.  I suggest removing it from the sticks and placing the teriyaki chicken pieces into an air-tight container.  Then place in the refrigerator or freezer.  Teriyaki chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and up to a month in the freezer.  Thaw any frozen teriyaki chicken in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.

I like to make a lot of this so that I have leftovers on purpose.  Teriyaki chicken is great diced on a salad or adding to a rice bowl with vegetables.  It is also good in a wrap with rice and pickled vegetables.  

 

 

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Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick featured plated with green onions and teriyaki dipping

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

Angela
Teriyaki chicken on a stick is an easy family favorite recipe.  These tasty marinated chicken teriyaki kebabs are grilled to perfection for the ultimate sweet, salty, and savory bite. This is a gluten-free recipe with keto options as well.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4

Equipment

  • grill
  • bamboo wooden skewers, soaked in water 2 hours (see above)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts thin sliced
  • Marinade / Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar see notes about for keto substitute
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp cornstarch optional, see notes above
  • 1/4 C water
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce optional, for a spicy teriyaki sauce

Instructions
 

  • Using a sharp chef’s knife cut each thin chicken breast into long strips that are much wider than the skewers you are using.  For each strip of chicken, weave the skewer through the meat 3-4 times to secure. See the images above.
  • For the teriyaki sauce - If using the cornstarch, place all the ingredients except the cornstarch and water in a small saucepan.  Over medium heat, stir to combine. Continuing stirring until the sugar is dissolved and all the ingredients are warm. Reduce the heat to low. 
    In a separate small bowl add the water and the cornstarch and stir to dissolve.  Slowly whisk into the teriyaki sauce on the stove to warm.  Shut the heat off once it is combined and thickened. 
    (see notes above if making this keto or grain-free to omit cornstarch)
  • Pour 3/4 of the sauce over the skewered chicken.  Rotate to coat.   Refrigerate and marinate anywhere from 2-4 hours.  Rotate the skewers every hour so that all sides are in the marinade.  
  • While your grill is warming up or the coals are getting ready, let the chicken come to room temperature by having it rest on the counter.  
  • Place the teriyaki chicken that is marinated and on sticks directly on the grill grates.  Cook on medium-high heat with the lid open. 
  • Rotate the chicken using tongs so that all sides get crispy on the outside.  Cook for about 15 minutes total.  We like a good char on our chicken but cook it to your liking, just make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165°. 
  • Using a pastry brush, baste the chicken on a stick with the remaining teriyaki sauce. You can also use it as a dipping sauce as well.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This is based on the recipe as written. For the keto and grain-free version see above for the calories and net carbs. 
 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 310
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.1g 14%
Saturated Fat 2.7g 13%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 2782mg 121%
Total Carbohydrate 13.3g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Total Sugars 9.6g  
Protein 38.1g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 400mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword appetizer, Asian, bbq, chinese, cookout, diabetic, gluten-free, grain-free, grill, japanese, keto, kid-friendly, low carb, party

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