Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

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Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your summer BBQ. Everyone will devour this recipe for Chicken on a Stick.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
On a wooden cutting boards there are a stack of Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick.

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your summer BBQ. Everyone will devour this delicious grilled chicken.

On a wooden cutting boards there are a stack of Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick.

To make these Teriyaki Chicken Sticks, you start off by making a homemade teriyaki sauce and allow to chicken to marinate in the sauce, allowing it to get super juicy and soak up all that flavor. These Chicken Teriyaki Sticks will seriously be gone before your eyes, they are that good! For more delicious and easy recipe to make on the grill this summer check out this link. They are such a fun recipe, it will become one of your favorite thing to eat.


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What We Love About This Delicious Recipe

  • Family Friendly: Your family will be drooling over these teriyaki chicken sticks.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: You can enjoy leftover chicken over white rice or brown rice and vegetables. Save the remaining sauce and use over the rice.
  • Summer BBQ: Teriyaki Chicken on a stick is the perfect finger food to enjoy during your summer barbecues. It is a big hit as this chicken offers maximum flavor.
Top shot of the chicken skewers.

Ingredient Notes for Chicken on Stick

  • Chicken: You will need 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken. Chicken thighs will work too.
  • Soy Sauce: To make the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce is crucial in doing so. You could also use tamari.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar will add the sweetness when making the teriyaki sauce.
  • Ginger: You will need fresh ginger that has been peeled in minced for this recipe for chicken on a stick.
  • Garlic: Using freshly minced garlic will give the best flavor, but you can also use pre-minced jarred garlic as well.
  • Honey: Any type of honey will work. I just used clover honey.
  • Sesame Oil: Sesame oil will help to add a nutty flavor to the teriyaki sauce.
  • Mirin: If you don’t have mirin, sherry vinegar will work as well.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is what will thicken up the mixture to turn into teriyaki sauce.
Chicken and sauces need to make the dish.

Equipment Needed for Chinese Chicken on a Stick

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken on Stick

These are the basic steps for making Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

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Making the sticky sauce for the recipe in a saucepan.

STEP 1: SOAK YOUR SKEWERS

It is important that you soak your bamboo skewers for at least 20 minutes before grilling Chinese chicken on a stick so that the skewers do not catch fire.

STEP 2: MAKE THE TERIYAKI SAUCE

In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey, mirin, and sesame oil to a boil. Then add your cornstarch slurry to the mixture, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 4 minutes and remove from heat. Allow the sauce to cool for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 3: PUT CHICKEN ON STICKS

Once your chicken has been marinating in the teriyaki sauce for at least 30 minutes, thread the chicken pieces on the wooden skewers.

Marinating and preparing the chicken and placing them on the skewers.

STEP 4: GRILL TERIYAKI CHICKEN STICKS

Place the chicken teriyaki sticks on the grill and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side until browned and the chicken is 160 degrees. Remove from grill and brushed with the reserved teriyaki sauce and serve!

Prep and Storage Tips for Teriyaki Chicken Sticks

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, make the teriyaki sauce prior and and allow chicken to marinate overnight.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

This recipe is best stored in airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Remove chicken from stick and store in an airtight freezer bag from up to 3 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat this recipe, add to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1.5 minutes or until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions for Chicken Teriyaki Sticks

WHAT IS TERIYAKI CHICKEN ON A STICK?

Teriyaki Chinese chicken on stick is a dish made in Chinese-American restaurants, made from chicken breasts or thighs slathered in teriyaki sauce.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BBQ IN PLACE OF TERIYAKI SAUCE?

You can also make grilled bbq chicken on stick by marinating and brushing bbq sauce instead of teriyaki on the chicken.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally depending on your desired yield.

WHAT PART OF PART OF CHICKEN IS CHICKN ON A STICK?

Traditional Chinese chicken on a stick is mad with chicken thighs but this recipe uses chicken breast, you could either though.

Closeup on the chicken dish.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • When Grilling: When you are grilling about to make these grilled chicken teriyaki sticks, make sure to preheat your grill before putting your meat on it.
  • Room Temperature: Don’t put cold meat on the grill, allow teriyaki chicken sticks to be at room temperature before grilling.
  • Short cut tip: Make the chicken teriyaki sticks marinade in the sauce pan, allow it to cool and then marinade the chicken overnight for better flavor and to save time.
  • More Sauce: Sometimes I like to make extra sauce to use on my rice or vegetables to enhance their flavor, so make more of this chicken marinade.
  • Beef Teriyaki on a Stick: If you can use sub beef for chicken to make beef teriyaki on a stick. 
  • Grill with Pineapple Slices: Fresh Pineapple pairs perfectly with these teriyaki chicken kabobs, just alternate pineapple chunks with pieces of chicken.
  • Metal Skewers: You can also use metal skewers for bamboo skewers in this great recipe.
  • Top: Top chicken with sliced green onions or sesame seeds.

What to Serve with Chinese Chicken on a Stick

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On a wooden cutting boards there are a stack of Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick.

Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your summer BBQ. Everyone will devour this recipe for Chicken on a Stick.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons mirin or sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken, cut into chunks

Instructions

  • If using bamboo skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from burning on the grill.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, honey, sesame oil and mirin.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch to form a slurry; Stir the slurry into the saucepan.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and reserve 1/2 cup of the prepared sauce.
  • Allow the sauce to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place chicken pieces in a zip top bag; Pour remaining Teriyaki Sauce over the chicken, seal the bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Thread chicken pieces on skewers and
  • Place chicken skewers on grill and grill until well browned on one side, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn chicken and grill another 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove chicken from the grill and baste with reserved sauce.

Expert Tips

 
  • When Grilling: When you are grilling about to make these grilled chicken teriyaki sticks, make sure to preheat your grill before putting your meat on it.
  • Room Temperature: Don’t put cold meat on the grill, allow teriyaki chicken sticks to be at room temperature before grilling.
  • Short cut tip: Make the chicken teriyaki sticks marinade, allow it to cool and then marinade the chicken overnight for better flavor and to save time.
  • More Sauce: Sometimes I like to make extra sauce to use on my rice or vegetables to enhance their flavor, so make more.
  • Beef Teriyaki on a Stick: If you can use sub beef for chicken to make beef teriyaki on a stick. 
  • Grill with Pineapple Slices: Fresh Pineapple pairs perfectly with these teriyaki chicken kabobs, just alternate pineapple chunks with pieces of chicken.
  • Metal Skewers: You can also use metal skewers for bamboo skewers.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1986mg | Potassium: 934mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: brown sugar, chicken, garlic, honey, kabob, teriyaki

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