Rice bowls are a delicious and satisfying way to pack a whole lot of flavor into one meal! This Chicken Teriyaki Donburi is easy to make in less than 30 minutes. It's a hearty, satisfying rice bowl dish that's versatile, making it a great weeknight dinner the whole family will love.
If you are looking for a hearty meal with lots of variety, this Chicken Teriyaki Donburi is for you!
Donburi is a Japanese rice bowl topped with meat, vegetables, fruit, and other ingredients. The word "don" means bowl in Japanese, so the name refers to both the dish itself and the large bowl in which it is traditionally served.
One of my favorite moments of my Japan travels was creating my own donburi in a massive food market in Aomori. There were literally hundreds of different options for meats and toppings. It was amazing! I fell in love with creating my own rice bowls at home.
If you've never created your own donburi rice bowl, it's very easy and super satisfying. This Chicken Teriyaki Donburi is currently one of my faves, and I hope you love it, too!
🌟 Why you'll love this recipe
Making your own teriyaki chicken rice bowls at home is fast, easy, and delicious.
- Simple ingredients - The recipe calls for simple ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.
- Easy - I've got the simple step-by-step guide below with instructions that are super easy to follow.
- Versatile - You can switch up the toppings to suit your tastebuds.
- Delicious - The marinade for the chicken is a tasty sweet, sour, tangy Asian marinade that works for chicken, pork, beef, or fish.
🍚 Ingredient notes
There are five components to this chicken teriyaki bowl recipe: the marinade, the chicken, the rice, the toppings, and the teriyaki sauce.
Chicken - Use skinless, boneless chicken breasts for this recipe. You can also use chicken breast tenders or skinless, boneless chicken thighs, but you may need to adjust the cooking time.
Marinade - For the marinade, you'll need soy sauce, olive oil, rice vinegar, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Rice - You can use almost any cooked rice for this dish. Choose from brown rice or white rice, including fluffy sushi rice, basmati rice, or jasmine rice. Our Instant Pot Garlic Rice also makes a delicious base.
Teriyaki sauce - For the rich teriyaki sauce that finishes the dish, you can make your own or use your favorite store-bought sauce.
Toppings - This is where you can create your own dreamy donburi! For chicken teriyaki bowls, my favorite toppings are edamame, red peppers, pineapple, and corn.
For the corn, I love using frozen Crazy Corn from Stahlbush Island Farms. With purple, white, and super sweet yellow corn, it's a feast for the eyes as well as for happy taste buds! During prep time, simply place a cup of frozen corn into a microwave-safe dish, add a splash of water (1-2 teaspoons, depending on your corn serving size), cover loosely with a paper towel, and cook for 1-2 minutes, until tender.
Optional: garnish with white or black sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions.
🌽 Start with the best ingredients
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The local family farm has been farming sustainably in the Willamette Valley since 1985. You've probably seen their kraft paper packaging with founder Karla Chambers' distinct artwork in your freezer aisle at your local grocery store.
If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that I'm a firm believer that the best tasting food starts with the highest quality ingredients. I love cooking with Stahlbush Island Farms food products, and think you will, too!
✅ Step-by-step instructions
Full instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. To help you as you make your own chicken teriyaki donburi, here's a visual step-by-step photo guide.
- In a large ziplock bag, mix together all of the marinade ingredients.
- Add the chicken breasts to the marinade, and seal the bag.
- Refrigerate the marinating chicken for at least one hour, and up to overnight.
When you're ready to start cooking, prep all of your topping ingredients and start cooking the rice according to package directions.
4. Heat your grill to around 400°F or heat a grill pan on the stove over medium heat. Brush some olive oil or a splash of vegetable oil over the grill to keep the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken from the marinade bag and cook 5-7 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked
Cooking tip: chicken is completely cooked when a thermometer inserted into the center of the chicken reads 165°F.
5. Remove the chicken breasts from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Then slice the chicken breast into thin slices.
6. Time to build your teriyaki chicken bowl! Set out 4 bowls. In each large bowl, add divided amounts of the cooked rice, slices of cooked chicken, then equal amounts of your desired toppings.
7. Drizzle your favorite sweet teriyaki sauce over the main ingredients just before serving. Enjoy!
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
Try using broccoli, bok choy, baby corn, julienned carrots, green bell pepper, cabbage, or zucchini sticks the next time you make this dish.
Allow the food to cool before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.
🍽 Serving ideas
This chicken teriyaki donburi is a complete meal - a true one-bowl wonder!
You can also use Instant Pot Garlic Rice for the rice base in this rice bowl recipe.
🍷 🥂 Wine pairings
Teriyaki chicken bowls are both sweet and sour, so traditionally teriyaki flavors pair well with a sweet red wine, like a Lambrusco. However, if sweet red wine isn't your jam, try a light- to medium-bodied fruit forward red wine, such as a Gamay or a younger vintage Oregon Pinot Noir.
You could also happily pair this teriyaki recipe with a white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Riesling.
🍳 Kitchen tools and equipment
Ready to make your own chicken teriyaki donburi? Here are the kitchen tools and equipment you'll need:
- Cutting board and knife - You'll need a sharp knife and sturdy cutting board to chop & prep your veggies, and to slice the cooked chicken.
- Grill or grill pan - You can make the chicken on an outdoor grill or an indoor grill pan.
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Chicken Teriyaki Donburi
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
For the marinade
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 cup each: crazy corn, diced pineapple, red bell pepper, and edamame (shelled)
- 1 tablespoon sliced green onion, for garnish
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce
- In a large gallon ziplock bag, add all of the marinade ingredients and mix them together. Add the chicken to the bag. Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
- When you're ready to cook, heat your grill or grill pan to about 400°F. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for about 5-7 minutes on each side, until each piece is cooked thoroughly to 165°F.
- Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before slicing into thin slices.
- Set out four bowls. Evenly divide the cooked rice between each bowl, then the corn, pineapple, bell pepper, and edamame. Drizzle teriyaki sauce over each bowl and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
This post is sponsored by Stahlbush Island Farms. All recipes, photos, and opinions are my own.