20 Minute Teriyaki Chicken & Rice

Ever had one of those days when you know that as midday rolls into afternoon, your day is going to become one great big, long, overwhelming to do list?  This recipe was brought about by one of those days.  Usually I would stick to something like Mac & Cheese, but we’d eaten that the week before and I’m lucky if My Mr Right will eat that once a month…  So, I threw this together.  It was a set it and forget it meal.  Just what I needed.

Pre-cooked Chicken  (I typically keep grilled chicken in the freezer for stuff like this)
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp of Ketchup
1/4 cup water
In a bowl, mix brown sugar, soy sauce, water and ketsup.  Stir until well blended.  Set aside.  Measure out enough rice to feed your family.  Pour it into a rice cooker.  If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can still do this on the stove, it just takes a little more watchful eye.  Measure out the correct amount of liquid for your rice.  
For example, I do 2 cups of dry rice for my little family.  This means I will need 4 cups of liquid.  I should have almost a cup of teriyaki sauce mixed in my bowl.  I will then need approximately 3 more cups of water.  If you want a stronger teriyaki flavor simply increase the amount of sauce you prepare and decrease the extra waterm accordingly.  Pour the teriyaki sauce in the rice cooker.  Add the extra water.  Dice the chicken and dump it in the cooker as well.  Set the cooker to cook and walk away.  Serve when the switch flips from “cook” to “warm”, at least that’s what mine does.  I usually serve it with steamed veggies (that I cook in my Pampered Chef steamer) or mix the veggies right in..  Super simple and prep time is like ten minutes max.

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  1. says

    Ok, this does good, I wonder If ai used leftover cooked rice and just simmered it in a skillet for a while if it would absorb the teriyaki mixture?

  2. says

    My hubby goes crazy for teriyaki ANYTHING and I am guessing this will be no exception!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on The shabby Chic Cottage!

  3. says

    This looks SOOO good! I’ve never used my rice cooker for anything but cooking rice. You’ve opened my eyes!! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Help! I tried this in my rice cooker and it burned. I added enough liquid including the teriyaki sauce to equal the water I usually put in the rice cooker. Where did I go wrong? It stills smells delicious, but…

  5. says

    @Tiffany: I usually do about a cup of chicken, but it’s more of a personal preference. My husband likes a lot of chicken and I prefer less.

    @Laurel: I’ve never had it burn before. I would try adding more liquid next time. The chicken may have soaked up more of the juice than expected. If it burns again, I’d hold the chicken out and add it to rice after the rice is done. See if that’ll help.

  6. says

    I seen there were eggs and veggies… Did you just toss them in too? Because when I make it, that is totally what I’m going to do!!!

    I might cook the eggs in the rice cooker first. I <3 my rice cooker.

  7. says

    I needed a last minute chicken recipe and found this one on pinterest. I don’t have a rice cooker so I just threw it all on the stove the ol’ fashioned way. AMAZING! It is SOOOO good! Thanks for the awesome blog and great recipe!

  8. says

    I never have a problem cooking rice… But this recipe is not working for me… My rice will not cook! But it tastes really good though… Just crunchy. I added extra water and it’s been cooking for over a half hour…. And still not done . :-( I will try this again but will cook the rice before adding anything… Including the flavor

  9. says

    I just now used this recipe with my and instead of putting it all in the rice cooker he put the stuff in a skillet and sauteed it, then i added corn it tastes so good thanx

  10. says

    I’m about to make this now but I dont have a rice cooker and it sounds to me like you just put everything into the pot at once? Should the water boil first so the rice can cook? Is that what you guys did and why it didnt cook?

    • says

      I throw mine in frozen, but it is precooked. If your chicken is still raw, I’d thaw it out first. I’m not sure if a rice cooker gets hot enough to thoroughly cook raw chicken though. If you try it, definitely double check the chicken before you eat it. If you’re doing it on the stove, you should be fine.

    • says

      I have never heard of the sauce made with ketchup. This is not a traditional sauce which I prefer. To me this is really not teriyaki sauce without adding ginger, garlic and eliminating the Ketchup.

    • says

      The ketchup does give it a teriyaki flavor. I’m sure it is not a traditional recipe for teriyaki sauce, but it tastes good and it’s quick, easy and most people have the ingredients on hand. As with any recipe, make adjustments to suit your tastes.

    • says

      The ketchup does give it a teriyaki flavor. I’m sure it is not a traditional recipe for teriyaki sauce, but it tastes good and it’s quick, easy and most people have the ingredients on hand. As with any recipe, make adjustments to suit your tastes.

  11. says

    That sauce is delicious! Such simple ingredients too! I didn’t use your cooking method, I just fried the cooked brown rice and veggies together, then tossed in the chicken. Poured the sauce over it all once it was warmed. Found this on Pinterest by the way. Will be making this again for sure.

  12. Jessica says

    If you can get a steam tray for your rice cooker, you can steam veggies in it while this cooks, all with one appliance.

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