This low-carb keto teriyaki chicken stir fry is a super easy one skillet 30-minute meal with no marinating required! The chicken is stir-fried and coated in a thick, gluten-free teriyaki sauce that has a spot-on taste and the perfect amount of sweetness.
Why order take-out when you can have low-carb keto teriyaki chicken that's just as good at home - but without the carbs and gluten!
The chicken is stir-fried and coated in a thick, low-carb teriyaki sauce that has a spot-on taste and the perfect amount of sweetness.
❤️ Why You'll Love This Keto Chicken Teriyaki Recipe: It has a classic 🥡 takeout flavor, is easy to make, and is healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, keto, and can also be made paleo!
Then, just add some steamed broccoli with some cauliflower rice and you have a quick, easy, and delicious meal in less than 30 minutes!
Or if you're looking for more gluten-free recipes, these Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets from My PCOS Kitchen look delicious too!
Frequently asked questions
At restaurants, teriyaki sauce usually contains added sugar, cornstarch, and soy sauce, making it high in carbs and not gluten-free. However, this recipe uses low-carb sweeteners and thickeners to keep it keto and gluten-free.
Xanthan gum is a great gluten-free low-carb thickener. It's perfect to thicken sauces, such as this teriyaki sauce and orange sauce to make orange chicken.
Yes, you can! To make it paleo, simply use coconut palm sugar for the sweetener and replace the xanthan gum with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of tapioca or arrowroot flour mixed with equal parts cold water.
Step 1: Steam the broccoli.
Chop half a head of broccoli into small florets.
In a large skillet, add around ½-inch of water and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli and cover, leaving the lid slightly cracked.
Steam for around 5 to 6 minutes, or until it can be easily pierced with a fork. Try not to overcook it or it will be mushy! Set aside.
Step 2: Chop and cook the chicken.
Cut up around 2 lbs of chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook in a single layer over medium-high heat until cooked through. Set aside.
Step 3: Add the teriyaki sauce to the skillet and thicken it with xanthan gum.
Step 4: Add the broccoli and toss to combine.
For the low-carb teriyaki sauce you'll need the following ingredients:
- coconut aminos (or gluten-free soy sauce)
- rice vinegar
- sesame oil
- keto sweetener
- xanthan gum (to thicken)
- oil or melted butter
Whisk all of the sauce ingredients, except the xanthan gum and oil or melted butter, in a medium-sized bowl. Bring to a gentle simmer.
In a small bowl, combine the xanthan gum and oil. Whisk into the sauce until thickened.
💭Tip: Mix xanthan gum with a small amount of oil or melted butter before adding to sauces to keep it from clumping.
Teriyaki chicken is typically served with rice, but rice is extremely high in carbs!
To keep this dish low-carb, serve with cauliflower rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
- Store: This keto stir-fry is best served fresh, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. If possible, store the sauce separately to keep the dish from becoming soggy.
- Meal prep: Cook meat, veggies, and sauce separately and assemble when ready to serve.
- Freeze: It can also be frozen! Just be sure to freeze the chicken and the sauce separately. When ready to eat, allow to thaw in the refrigerator then heat in a hot skillet or the microwave.
For the low-carb sweetener, any sugar-free sweetener will work.
While an erythritol-based sweetener will work, they don't always dissolve well. So if you choose erythritol, be sure to use the powdered variety.
*Note- Pure allulose is only 70% as sweet as other sweeteners. If you choose pure allulose, you may need to add a bit more than the recipe calls for.
Substitutions and variations
- For Paleo, simply use coconut palm sugar for the sweetener and replace the xanthan gum with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of tapioca or arrowroot flour mixed with equal parts cold water.
- If you're only Paleo and not low-carb: You can steam 2 peeled and chopped carrots with the broccoli and stir in some pineapple chunks at the end!
- Don't have coconut aminos? Substitute it with gluten-free soy sauce or tamari. They are a little stronger than coconut aminos though, so you may not need as much.
- I prefer boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they're a bit more tender and juicy, but chicken breasts will also work.
- Be sure to always mix xanthan gum with a small amount of oil or melted butter before adding it to sauces to keep it from clumping.
- When cooking the chicken, be sure not to overcrowd the pan and cook in batches if needed.
- Try not to overcook the broccoli or it will be mushy!
If you’ve tried this Healthy Keto Teriyaki Chicken or any other recipe on the blog please let me know in the comments below!
Keto Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
- 2 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs - cut into bite-sized pieces
- Salt and Pepper
- ½ Head Broccoli - chopped into small florets (about 1 ½ Cups)
- 1 Tbsp. Avocado Oil - + more if needed (or oil of choice)
- ½ Cup Filtered Water - or as needed
- Cauliflower Rice - for serving
- Green Onions - garnish
- Sesame Seeds - garnish
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients except the xanthan gum and oil or melted butter. Set aside.
- Chop the broccoli into small florets and set aside.
- In a large skillet, add around ½-inch of water and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli and cover, leaving the lid slightly cracked. Steam around 5 to 6 minutes, or until it can be easily pierced with a fork. Try not to overcook it or it will be mushy! Set aside.
- While the broccoli is steaming, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Pat dry with a paper towel, if needed, and season with salt and pepper.
- Once the broccoli is done, drain the water and set it aside. In the same skillet, add the avocado oil and place over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken in a single layer (cook in batches if needed) and do not stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Once the bottom of the chicken is nicely browned, stir and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through.
- Then, add the sauce and scrape up all the bits on the bottom of the pan and bring to a gentle simmer.
- In a small bowl, mix together the xanthan gum and oil or melted butter. Whisk into the sauce and stir until thickened, around 3 minutes.
- Stir in the broccoli and heat through.
- Serve hot over cauliflower rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Add Your Own Notes
- Nutrition information does not include cauliflower rice.
- I prefer using boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe because they are a bit more tender and juicy. However, chicken breasts can be substituted.
- For the low-carb sweetener, any keto sweetener will work. I recommend a brown low-carb sweetener. However, you can also use xylitol, a monk fruit/allulose blend, or pure allulose. If you choose a white erythritol-based sweetener, I recommend using powdered, since erythritol doesn't dissolve as well as other sweeteners.
- If you choose pure allulose, it's only 70% as sweet as other sweeteners so you may need to add a bit more.
NET CARBS = Total Carbs - Fiber
Nutritional information is approximate and may vary. Sugar alcohols are included in the total carbs and fiber.
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