Easy teriyaki chicken side dish and serving ideas. From Asian chopped salad to sesame shiitake mushrooms, and soba noodles to fried eggplant, discover what to serve with teriyaki chicken today.
Teriyaki chicken is a popular Japanese dish that’s exploded in popularity around the world. Whether you’ve made it from scratch with our easy homemade teriyaki sauce or ordered it as takeout, the classic dish is all about the sticky-sweet sauce that’s glazed over it.
But what side dishes should you serve to complement teriyaki chicken while still letting its tangy and umami flavors taste come through?
From honey roast carrots to fried rice, these teriyaki chicken sides will round off your dinner meal perfectly. Let’s get cooking!
Sesame Ginger Roasted Broccoli
Teriyaki chicken benefits from some vegetables on the side as the freshness cuts through the richness of the sauce. This sesame ginger broccoli recipe is bursting with flavor and uses many of the same ingredients in teriyaki sauce for a cohesive flavor profile.
Try This Recipe: For this sesame ginger roasted broccoli, you will need broccoli, sesame oil, fresh ginger, and sesame seeds. Arrange the broccoli on a tray and drizzle with the remaining ingredients. Roast in the oven until tender and fragrant.
Sticky Sesame Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms are a common Japanese ingredient in both main dishes and side dishes, where their earthy flavor can shine. This sticky sesame glaze melds sweet and savory flavors, just as teriyaki sauce does.
Try This Recipe: The best part about this sticky sesame shiitake mushroom recipe is that it comes together quickly and with only a few ingredients. For the sauce, you will need soy sauce, maple syrup, and sesame oil. Mix up the sauce, sauté the mushrooms, and combine the two.
Asian Chopped Salad
As you can probably tell by the name, Asian salad is a fusion recipe developed by the meeting of Asian flavors and Western cuisine. Teriyaki chicken is another such dish as it was developed by Japanese Americans before moving back to Japan. Honor that fusion heritage and create a delicious, balanced meal by pairing chicken and salad.
The base of Asian salad comes from chopped veggies such as cabbage, carrots, and snap peas. For the dressing, mix sesame oil, rice vinegar, lime juice, honey, ginger, salt, and pepper.
Try This Recipe: The beauty of this Asian chopped salad is that you can tailor it to your liking. If you don’t like cabbage, you can swap it out for another type of leafy green. Similarly, tweak the sugar in the dressing for a healthier – or sweeter – version!
Teriyaki chicken is a tasty, sometimes indulgent dish bursting with savory, sweet flavors. Sautéed asparagus balances out those flavors thanks to its freshness and bitterness. This fresh spring vegetable only needs a simple preparation for its flavors to shine through.
Try This Recipe: You only need a few ingredients to make this sautéed asparagus shine: Olive oil, garlic, and salt. Clean the asparagus stalks, heat the fat, and sauté just until tender, seasoning well.
Sesame Soba Noodles
Soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles made from buckwheat. This simple sesame sauce allows their earthy flavor to shine through. Serve your teriyaki chicken on a base of sesame soba noodles or on the side for a balanced meal with hearty, comforting flavors.
Try This Recipe: Kick things off for these sesame soba noodles by boiling the noodles. Finish with a sauce made of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and plenty of sesame seeds.
Teriyaki chicken is a Japanese takeout classic, and so is fried rice. Combine the two together for the ultimate comfort meal of takeout dishes replicated at home! Plus, the salty flavors of fried rice perfectly balance out the sweet and salty marinade on the chicken.
Try This Recipe: This fried rice recipe is the perfect pairing for teriyaki chicken. Start by sauteing onions, then pan-fry cooked rice. Add any vegetables or protein you want to use. Finish with soy sauce and scrambled egg.
Asian Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a comforting summertime meal, but this recipe gives it an international twist. By adding Asian ingredients such as soy sauce, you add extra flavor and a savory balance to naturally sweet corn, making it pair well with teriyaki chicken.
Try This Recipe: This take on Asian corn on the cob infuses sweetness into proceedings in a way you’ve never seen before. It mixes miso and soy sauce with brown sugar and fresh garlic, before basting onto the corn.
Eggplant is a delicious and healthy vegetable that pairs perfectly with teriyaki chicken. Fried eggplant is an excellent choice if you want to replace starch in your diet—the crunchy eggplant pairs well with saucy chicken teriyaki.
Additionally, the breading on the eggplant soaks up all the sauce from the chicken teriyaki and provides a nice contrast in texture.
Try This Recipe: The best part about this fried eggplant recipe is that it comes together as quickly as chicken teriyaki. It is the perfect side dish when you want to make a quick weekday meal but don’t want to compromise on flavor.
Honey Garlic Ginger Roasted Carrots
These honey garlic ginger roasted carrots are sweet, flavorful, and match the intense flavor of teriyaki chicken. The sweet and savory flavors of the sauce complement the carrots perfectly.
You roast the carrots in the oven with honey, garlic, and ginger glaze. They come out of the oven looking caramelized, almost like candy. The carrots are so sweet that you might forget about dessert.
Try This Recipe: These honey garlic ginger roasted carrots are simple to make and only require a few ingredients. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, and the sweetness of this dish matches up perfectly with teriyaki chicken.