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Dinners like this 30 minute teriyaki chicken with sesame ginger broccoli are the BEST.
They’re simple, quick and delicious…okok and when served with things like pineapple and rice, which you guys know are two very important food groups around here…well, totally my kind of meal! Really, this is one of those recipe that’s everyone’s kind of meal. I mean, who could not love teriyaki chicken, you know? Even broccoli haters can easily pick around the green stuff, making it the perfect dinner for all.
Although, I would have to tell you that you are seriously missing out by picking around the broccoli, as it’s one of my favorite veggies. Especially when roasted with sesame seeds and ginger like I did with the broccoli here, so so good.
When I was a kid, my dad would make a somewhat similar dinner with teriyaki chicken and rice, only he’d use store-bought sauce and there definitely was zero broccoli or pineapple happening, well at least on my brothers plates…mom, dad and I may have had some broccoli mixed in there. When cooking for five kids (at the time, oh yeah, + a baby), the green veggies were usually sparse…my brothers were not fans.
Anyway, teriyaki chicken was always a crowd favorite. These days, I ditch the store-bought sauce for a healthier homemade one, made of soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Really pretty simple, but that’s all teriyaki really is. Since I am a pineapple loving freak, I always, always, stir in some fresh wedges of pineapple to all my teriyaki style dishes. I swear to you, if you have yet to try the combo, it is a must. You’ll love the sweet and tangy flavors. <–trust me, it’s the bestest.
The roasted broccoli in this dish is probably my favorite part. Not only is it roasted with sesame and ginger, but it’s also roasted in with the chicken where it soaks up some of that salty, tangy flavor from the teriyaki. I’m also just now realizing that cooking the broccoli side by side with the chicken makes this a one skillet recipe, nice! I didn’t even mean to do that, but I am totally not complaining!
Less dishes is always cool in my book!
Speaking of all things dish related, I have to tell you guys that not having to cook between eight and ten recipes a day (some days even more) is so so very nice. Don’t get me wrong, I loved testing and shooting the recipes for the upcoming Half Baked Harvest cookbook…well for the most part I loved it. I surely had my moments of ups and downs…and ok probably a few tears too. Let’s just say it has been, and will continue to be, a roller coaster of up and downs, but as I have mentioned like five billion times now, I am so excited to share all the recipes and photos with you guys soon…ish.
That said, it has kind of been a bit of a hard week over here. I’ve been playing way too much of the comparison game and feeling like nothing I’m doing is good enough or cool enough or creative enough. I know how these things go, as I’ve been through these moods many, many times before. One thing that I’m doing differently this time? Positivity and looking for sources of inspiration in places outside of where I typically look, and it’s really been kind of fun. I’m feeling like I am ready for a new adventure…my brain is churning with ideas. What should I do next?!? My thinking…sky’s the limit! <–Thursday motivation coming at ya!
One thing is for sure, dinner tonight is going to be teriyaki chicken…with probably double the pineapple, because again, pineapple freak here. Anyone else with me?
sidenote #1: if I have to type out the word teriyaki one more time I might just lose it. I spell it wrong pretty much every single time. <–world’s worst speller right here. How I end up writing so much every single day is just beyond me.
sidenote #2: sorry for the rambles, again, I do not think I was meant to be a writer…
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At least I can make good chicken though! 🙂
Is there a sub for honey? I don’t have quite enough.
I’ve made this before and it was great! Love your stuff!
You can use maple syrup in place of the honey. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
I enjoyed the teriyaki sauce but the added pineapple was too sweet for me. I also substituted the rice for coconut rice but I think it overwhelmed the dish. Next time I will try without pineapple and normal rice.
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear it wasn’t enjoyed. Let me know if you give it another try! xx
Can’t wait to try this tonight! Would ginger powder work instead of grated? Just don’t have any fresh ginger on hand.
Sure, that would be just fine to use, I would use 1 teaspoon. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
Loved it. Quick but flavorful. All I had was a small can of crushed pineapple so I threw it in and it was great. Will add to my regular rotation.
Thanks so very much for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan
Can boneless/ skinless chicken thighs work with this recipe?
You bet! I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Another favorite! Making this again tonight!
Awesome! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xTieghan
I love all your recipes! The flavor of this dish was great and so quick and easy to make. My sauce however came out very thin and not looking like yours really having a nice coat on the chicken. I used chicken breast. Any suggestions?
I am so glad that you liked this recipe, thanks for giving it a go! So sorry about the sauce, try adding some cornstarch to help thicken it up! Happy Friday? xTieghan
Great recipe! I doubled the garlic and excluded the pineapple (just didn’t have one on hand), but overall successful and delicious! Served it with your delicious coconut rice.
Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan
Made it tonight and it was delicious!! I can’t get my sauces thick and sticky like yours, but still yummy!!!
Thank you so much for giving the recipe a go! I am thrilled it was enjoyed. xTieghan
Love all of your recipes and never do they turn out sticky like your pictures. I wish they would! Don’t know what I do wrong?
I am so glad you have enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great week! xTieghan
I love all of your recipes! I go to your site almost daily! When I make any of the sticky sauce ones though mine never get that nice sticky deliciousness that yours do?
Thanks so much for giving the recipes a try! I would recommend simmering sauces for longer or you can always add a little cornstarch to help thicken them up. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I just recently found your site and want to eat it all! Trying two recipes this week and this is the first. Should the chicken be cut into smaller pieces or left as full breasts?
Lol thanks so much Amber!! I like to leave the chicken as large pieces for this recipe, but honestly it’s totally up to you! Let me know if you give this a try! xx