This easy Asian-inspired Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli is full of flavor from an easy homemade teriyaki sauce. With very little oil, this low fat dish “stir fry” dish is easily the best air fried chicken broccoli dish.
Made with very little oil, this low carb meal replicates one of my favorite stir fry dishes and is made quickly in the. air fryer!
If you love air fryer recipes as much as I do, you’ll want to try some of these next: Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes, Air Fryer Shrimp And Peppers, Air Fryer Cauliflower, and Air Fryer Citrus Soy Asian Salmon.
Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli Recipe
Chicken is one of the most versatile proteins out there. You can do so many different things with it! Like Oven Baked Chicken and Cauliflower, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, or this Simple Chicken Pho Recipe.
This air fryer recipe is perfect for Summer nights if you’re looking to keep it light or busy weeknights when you don’t feel like cooking. Add this healthy air fryer chicken breast recipe to your weekly easy meal rotation!
Looking to make the meal heartier? Serve it with cauliflower rice, brown rice, wild rice, root vegetables, or a fresh green salad!
Ingredients for Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken
Chicken: for this recipe, I used boneless skinless chicken breast. You can also use chicken thighs if you prefer.
Broccoli: fresh broccoli is best for this healthy dinner and making air fryer broccoli in general. However, if frozen is all you have, you can thaw it out and use that as well.
Dry ingredients: garlic, fresh ginger, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and arrowroot powder.
How to Make Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli
1. Make the teriyaki sauce. In a medium-sized saucepan, add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, toasted sesame oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame seeds, orange juice, and water.
In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot powder with 1 tbsp of water to make a slurry, then whisk it into the sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken (about 5 minutes).
Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature (it will thicken more as it cools).
2. Tenderize the chicken. Place the chicken breasts in between two sheets of parchment paper and pound to about 1/2 inch thickness using the flat side of a meat tenderizer. Slice the chicken into 1-inch pieces.
3. Preheat the air fryer to 375° F.
4. Air fry the chicken. Add half a cup of teriyaki sauce to a large bowl with the chicken, and toss to coat. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer. The cook time is about 6-8 minutes.
5. Air fry the broccoli. In the same bowl, toss the broccoli with the sauce remaining in the bowl from the chicken (add more sauce if needed). Place the broccoli in the air fryer basket with the chicken for the final 2-3 minutes of cooking. It’s ok if the broccoli overlaps.
6. Serve. Serve Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli over rice, top with remaining sauce, and enjoy!
Recipe Tips, Tricks, and Variations
Marinate the chicken: if you have time, I recommend marinating the chicken and broccoli in the teriyaki sauce for 1-3 hours or overnight.
Chicken: although chicken breasts are a great source of lean protein, you can swap out the cut of chicken or make this recipe with shrimp or beef for a different meal!
Herbs and spices: change up the flavor by using different seasonings like black pepper, garlic powder, lemon pepper, or fresh minced garlic.
- Cornstarch can be used in place of arrowroot powder.
- If necessary, olive oil or avocado oil can be used in place of sesame oil if that’s what you have on hand.
Can I Put Raw Chicken in an Air Fryer?
Absolutely! You can definitely cook raw chicken in the air fryer.
Air frying chicken is also a great option if you are in a pinch and forgot to thaw your chicken. Cook times will be longer for frozen chicken, but it can be done and is a great trick to keep on hand.
How Healthy is Teriyaki Chicken?
Teriyaki chicken, although chicken and a good source of protein, is not always the healthiest. So much is determined by how the chicken is prepared and what ingredients are used.
This recipe is already healthier because the chicken is prepared in the air fryer and doesn’t use a lot of oil. However, you can make it healthier by choosing to use lower sodium ingredients and controlling portion sizes. You can also eliminate the sugar if needed.
Storing leftover Teriyaki Chicken
Storing leftover air fryer chicken and broccoli is simple. Grab your favorite airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last for about 3-5 days and make for a great and easy lunch option the next day.
If you have leftover Teriyaki sauce, I recommend storing that in an airtight container separately in the refrigerator. Leftover sauce will last for about 1-2 weeks if stored properly.
If you are looking to freeze your cooked chicken, you can use either an airtight container or a plastic freezer bag.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
Meal prep containers. This is a great recipe for easy lunches to enjoy throughout the week. Grab some glass food storage containers and split up the batch.
Meat thermometer. When preparing meat and fish, it’s so important to check that it is cooked to the recommended safe internal temperature. To check, I like using an instant read thermometer.
More Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
If you’re searching for more healthy meals to make on busy weeknights, these are some of my favorites:
- Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes
- Cauliflower in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Shrimp And Peppers
- Air Fryer Tofu
More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes
One of my favorite ways to cook chicken is in the air fryer. It comes out tender and juicy every time!
- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
- Lemon Pepper Wings
- 5 Spice Perfect Air Fryer Chicken
- Chicken Shawarma Bowls
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Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli
- 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar, more if you like it sweet
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 orange, juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot powder, or cornstarch
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- In a medium sized saucepan, add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, toasted sesame oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame seeds, orange juice, and water. In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot powder with 1 tbsp of water to make a slurry, then whisk it into the sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature (it will thicken more as it cools).
- Place the chicken breasts in between two sheets of parchment paper and pound to about 1/2 inch thickness using the flat side of a meat tenderizer. Slice into 1 inch pieces.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375° F.
- Add 1/2 cup of teriyaki sauce to a large bowl with the chicken, toss to coat. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 6-8 minutes.
- In the same bowl, toss the broccoli with the sauce remaining in the bowl from the chicken (add more if needed). Place the broccoli in the air fryer basket with the chicken for the final 2-3 minutes of cooking. It's ok if the broccoli overlaps.
- Serve Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli over rice, top with remaining sauce and enjoy!
- If you have time, I recommend marinating the chicken and broccoli in the teriyaki sauce for 1-3 hours or overnight.
- If you have a large enough air fryer, the chicken and broccoli can be cooked together, but be sure to keep an eye on the broccoli as it will cook faster than the chicken.