Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken

Today I have a mouth-watering recipe for you: air fryer teriyaki chicken. This recipe is perfect for those who love the taste of chicken with a sweet and savory sauce.

The chicken is coated in a mixture of beaten eggs, cornstarch, and panko breadcrumbs, which creates a crispy exterior that contrasts well with the tender chicken inside.

Cooking the chicken in an air fryer also gives it that extra crunch that everyone loves.

air fryer teriyaki chicken

But that’s not all! In this post, I will also give you some tips on how to make the perfect teriyaki chicken in air fryer!

Plus, I’ll provide some great variations and ingredient substitutions for those who want to mix things up a bit.

So, let’s get started and make some delicious air fryer teriyaki chicken. Follow the recipe and tips, and don’t forget to check out my other air fryer recipes on my blog.

Why You Should Try This Recipe

Healthy Option: Cooking chicken in an air fryer is a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods. With the air fryer, you can get that crispy texture you love without using as much oil.

And of course, by making the teriyaki sauce yourself from scratch, you can control the ingredients and make it a healthier option than store-bought sauces that many times contain preservatives and additives.

teriyaki chicken air fryer

Easy to Make: This recipe is easy to follow and can be made in less than 30 minutes.

All you need is a few simple ingredients and an air fryer. The chicken is coated in a mixture of beaten eggs, cornstarch, and panko breadcrumbs, then cooked in the air fryer for 16-18 minutes.

The teriyaki sauce can be made while the chicken is cooking. Once everything is done, toss the chicken in the sauce and serve!

Delicious Taste: Last but not least, the taste of this air fryer teriyaki chicken is simply delicious! The chicken is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the teriyaki sauce adds a sweet and savory flavor that everyone will love.

👨‍🍳 Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients

For this teriyaki chicken in air fryer recipe you will need:

For The Meat

1 pound Chicken (boneless thighs or breast)
2 Eggs (large, beaten)
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs (unseasoned)

For The Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 5 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon Ginger (grated)
  • 3/4 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Honey

teriyaki chicken in air fryer

🌟 Teriyaki Chicken Air Fryer Recipe

Follow this easy chicken teriyaki air fryer recipe:

Making The Chicken

Step 1

Cut the boneless chicken into small pieces.

Step 2

Mix the breadcrumbs and cornstarch in a bowl and set it aside.

Step 3

Beat the eggs in another bowl. Then, dip the chicken cubes into the eggs, and then into the panko mixture. Make sure the chicken is well coated.

Step 4

Preheat the air fryer to 380F (190C) and spray the basket with cooking oil. Once hot, place the chicken pieces into the air fryer (in one layer).

Step 5

Air fry them for 16-18 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking. When done, remove it from the air fryer.

Making The Sauce

Step 1

Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add all the sauce ingredients and whisk them together until the mixture boils.

Step 2

Reduce the heat so the mixture continues simmering. Let it thicken – it should take about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer the meat to a large bowl. Pour the sauce on top of it and toss until well covered.

That’s it! Enjoy this easy and tasty air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe!

chicken teriyaki air fryer

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💡 Tips

Here are my best tips for making the perfect air fried teriyaki chicken:

1. Cut the Chicken Into Even Pieces

To make sure that the chicken cooks evenly, it is important to cut it into small, uniform pieces.

This will also make it easier to coat the chicken in the egg and breadcrumb mixture. Aim to cut the chicken into pieces that are about 1 inch in size.

2. Use Panko Breadcrumbs For Extra Crunch

Panko breadcrumbs are larger and flakier than regular breadcrumbs, which makes them perfect for coating chicken and air frying it in an air fryer.

They create a crispy exterior that contrasts well with the tender chicken inside. Make sure to use unseasoned panko breadcrumbs for this teriyaki chicken air fryer recipe.

3. Don’t Forget To Flip The Chicken

To ensure that both sides of the chicken are crispy and golden brown, it is very important to flip the chicken halfway through cooking. Use tongs or a spatula to turn the chicken pieces over carefully. 

air fried teriyaki chicken

4. Customize The Teriyaki Sauce To Your Taste

This air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe includes a simple and delicious teriyaki sauce made with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, cornstarch, sesame seeds, and honey.

However, you can customize the sauce to your taste by adjusting the amount of sweetness, saltiness, or spiciness.

For example, you can add more honey if you want a sweeter sauce, more soy sauce for a saltier sauce, or some red pepper flakes for a spicier sauce.

You can also experiment with different types of vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar, to give the sauce a different flavor.

5. Serve With Some Steamed Rice

To complete this teriyaki chicken air fryer meal, you can serve it with some steamed rice. The rice will absorb the flavorful teriyaki sauce and make the dish even tastier.

To cook the rice, simply rinse it in cold water and then add it to a pot with some water or chicken broth.

teriyaki air fryer chicken

Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Fluff it with a fork and serve it alongside the chicken.

6. Don’t Overcrowd The Air Fryer

When it comes to cooking with an air fryer, overcrowding the basket is a common mistake that many people make.

While it may be tempting to add as much food as possible to the basket, doing so can lead to uneven cooking and poor results.

When making this teriyaki chicken air fryer recipe, it’s important to remember that the hot air needs to circulate around the food to cook it evenly and create that crispy texture we all love.

It’s best to cook the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the chicken in batches to ensure that each piece is cooked evenly.

✔️ Variations

Spicy Teriyaki Chicken: To make the spicy teriyaki chicken variation, add some red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce to the teriyaki sauce mixture.

This will give the dish a nice kick of heat that pairs well with the sweet and savory flavors of the sauce.

Serve it with some steamed rice and veggies for a complete meal.

spicy chicken

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers:  For a fun and easy party appetizer or a quick weeknight dinner, turn the teriyaki chicken into skewers. Cut the chicken into smaller pieces and thread them onto wooden skewers.

Brush the skewers with the teriyaki sauce and cook them in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Teriyaki Chicken Tacos: For a Mexican twist on the teriyaki chicken, serve it in soft or hard shell tacos, with some shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and grated cheese.

Top it with some extra teriyaki sauce and some sour cream or guacamole for added creaminess.

Teriyaki Chicken Tacos

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps: For a healthy and low-carb option, serve the teriyaki chicken in lettuce cups, with some shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and chopped peanuts for added crunch.

Drizzle some extra teriyaki sauce on top and garnish with some cilantro or mint leaves for added freshness.

Ingredient Substitutions

Chicken: You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts for this recipe. You can also use tofu or seitan for a vegetarian version.

Cornstarch: You can substitute cornstarch with potato starch or arrowroot starch.

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Panko Breadcrumbs: If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs, you can use regular breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes.

Soy Sauce: You can use tamari or liquid aminos as well. You can also use coconut aminos for a lower sodium option.

Brown Sugar: You can substitute brown sugar with coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Rice Wine Vinegar: You can use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar as a substitute.

Sesame Oil: You can use vegetable oil or olive oil as a substitute.

Honey: You can use agave nectar or maple syrup as a substitute.

👪 FAQ

Can I use regular breadcrumbs instead of panko breadcrumbs for this recipe?

While panko breadcrumbs are recommended for this recipe to create a crispy exterior, you can use regular breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes as a substitute.

Can I make the teriyaki sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the teriyaki sauce ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just make sure to reheat it before tossing it with the chicken.

Can I freeze the air fried teriyaki chicken?

You can definetly freeze the air fried chicken teriyaki for up to 3 months. Just make sure to let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container or freezer bag.

To reheat, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then air fry it for a few minutes until crispy.


I hope you liked my air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe. This chicken tastes so good. You can serve this dish as an appetizer or a main dish. The teriyaki sauce gives the chicken a sweet and savory flavor that is sure to please your guests!

If you have any questions about this air fried teriyaki chicken recipe, feel free to comment below.

Don’t forget to check out other great air fryer recipes on my website. New content is added all the time!

air fryer teriyaki chicken

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken

Follow my recipe and make the best air fryer teriyaki chicken you’ll ever taste! This delicious dish is packed with flavor.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer teriyaki chicken wings, teriyaki chicken in air fryer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 150kcal
Cost: $15
Ingredients
For The Meat
  • 1 pound Chicken (boneless thighs or breast)
  • 2 Eggs (large, beaten)
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
For The Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 5 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon Ginger (grated)
  • 3/4 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Honey
Instructions
Making The Chicken
  • Cut the boneless chicken into small pieces.
  • Mix the breadcrumbs and cornstarch in a bowl and set it aside.
  • Beat the eggs in another bowl. Then, dip the chicken cubes into the eggs, and then into the panko mixture. Make sure the chicken is well coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380F (190C) and spray the basket with cooking oil. Once hot, place the chicken pieces into the air fryer (in one layer).
  • Air fry them for 16-18 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking. When done, remove it from the air fryer.
Making The Sauce
  • Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add all the sauce ingredients and whisk them together until the mixture boils.
  • Reduce the heat so the mixture continues simmering. Let it thicken – it should take about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the meat to a large bowl. Pour the sauce on top of it and toss until well covered.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal

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Meet William James, your go-to guru for all things air fryer! A culinary adventurer with a passion for healthier twists on classic dishes, William transformed his love for cooking and experimentation into a one-stop resource for fellow air fryer enthusiasts.

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