Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

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Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole — Chicken, rice, pineapple, and red peppers cook together in one pan for an EASY weeknight dinner that tastes like you’re in Hawaii! The homemade teriyaki sauce adds so much INCREDIBLE flavor!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice in blue baking dish

Oven Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole

Juicy chicken is combined with homemade teriyaki sauce, crisp-tender red bell peppers, juicy pineapple chunks, tender rice, and fresh green onions for color and flavor. There’s also plenty of garlic and ginger, which is a must in Asian-inspired recipes.

Since my daughter and I love the combination of pineapple with savory flavors like teriyaki sauce, this was a total win for us. The sweetness balances the salty, savory aspect.

I really liked that you’re able to mix together the rice, pineapple, and peppers in the baking dish you’re using, and that everything cooks together at the same time rather than having to make the rice separately

Just make sure you use ‘minute rice’ and not regular rice!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice garnished with sesame seeds and green onions

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Casserole Ingredients 

To make teriyaki chicken in oven, you’ll need to prepare either a homemade teriyaki sauce (so easy and what I recommend doing!) or you’ll want to buy a bottle of your favorite store-bought brand.

Gather the following ingredients:

For the casserole:

  • Minute rice
  • Canned pineapple chunks
  • Red bell pepper
  • Chicken broth
  • Chili garlic sauce 
  • Chicken breasts
  • Green onions 
  • Sesame seeds

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Light brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Ground ginger
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Water
  • Cornstarch
Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice - Chicken, rice, pineapple, and red peppers cook together in ONE pan for an EASY weeknight dinner that tastes like you're in Hawaii!! The homemade teriyaki sauce adds so much INCREDIBLE flavor!!

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

Baked teriyaki chicken breasts with rice and veggies is so quick and easy to prepare! So long as you use minute rice, everything cooks in the same pan, all at once!

Here are the basic recipe steps:

  1. Combine the chicken teriyaki sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Continue cooking the sauce until it thickens up, then set aside. 
  2. Add the rice, pineapple and juice, red pepper, chicken broth, and chili garlic sauce to a baking dish and stir to combine.
  3. Lay the chicken atop the bed of rice and then dollop the homemade teriyaki sauce over the chicken. 
  4. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Garnish the baked teriyaki chicken with sesame seeds and chopped green onions just before serving. 
Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice — Chicken, rice, pineapple, and red peppers cook together in one pan for an EASY weeknight dinner that tastes like you're in Hawaii! The homemade teriyaki sauce adds so much INCREDIBLE flavor!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use a Minute Rice Substitute? 

No, white minute rice is a must here. If you use regular white rice, it won’t cook fast enough in the oven. And if you try using regular rice that you pre-cooked yourself it won’t soak up all the pineapple juice and broth. 

Brown minute rice is not recommended as it doesn’t cook the same as white.

Can I Use Store-Bought Teriyaki Sauce? 

The easy, ultra flavorful, and very thick homemade teriyaki sauce literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and it’s so good. You will likely have extra sauce that you can use for serving or save it in the fridge for weeks.

However, if you are short on time or are feeling a little lazy, I’m sure that you could use store-bought teriyaki sauce. I would make a mixture of half store-bought hoisin sauce and half-store bought teriyaki sauce if you’re going the store bought route for proper viscosity. Pure teriyaki I think would be too runny and thin.

Is the Baked teriyaki chicken casserole spicy?

I used 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes in the teriyaki sauce and two tablespoons chili garlic sauce in the chicken-rice-vegetable mixture. If you’re sensitive to heat and spices, I would either reduce or omit one or both of those. 

We didn’t find this baked chicken teriyaki spicy, and rather just thought it had lots of flavor, but we also relish spicy food and aren’t very sensitive to heat. Do as you see fit for your family or personal heat preferences.

Tips for Making Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

Note that using thin-sliced or pounded chicken breasts will ensure that the baked chicken and rice are both cooked though at the same time. Do not use regular thickness chicken breasts; halve them if that’s what you have.

When dolloping the chicken teriyaki sauce over the meat, make sure you don’t “double dip” the spoon (i.e. touch the raw chicken and then return the spoon to the sauce).

You’ll likely have leftover sauce that you can spoon over the baked chicken and rice later on, and you don’t want the bacteria from the raw meat to contaminate it! 

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Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

By Averie Sunshine
In this Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice recipe, chicken, rice, pineapple, and red peppers cook together in one pan for an EASY weeknight dinner!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients  

Teriyaki Sauce

  • cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 to 5 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Chicken and Rice

  • 1 ½ cups white minute rice
  • 8 ounces canned pineapple chunks or tidbits in juice, do not drain
  • 1 medium/large red bell pepper, diced into small pieces
  • 1 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce, optional and to taste
  • 1 pound thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 4 breasts
  • 2 or 3 green onions, cut into small segments on the bias
  • sesame seeds, optional for garnishing

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375F and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Make the Teriyaki Sauce
  • To a medium saucepan, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes (use less or none if you are sensitive to spiciness), and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking nearly constantly.
  • To a small bowl, add the corn starch, water, and stir to dissolve.
  • Add the corn starch mixture to the soy sauce mixture, stir to combine, bring the mixture to a low simmer, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, or until teriyaki sauce has thickened to desired consistency; set sauce aside.
  • Prep the Chicken and Rice
  • To the prepared baking dish, add the rice, pineapple and juice, red pepper, chicken broth, optional chili garlic sauce (omit if you do not want to add spiciness), and stir gently to combine.
  • Evenly lay the chicken on top.
  • Dollop a generous amount of teriyaki sauce on top of each piece of chicken without actually ‘double-dipping’, i.e. touching the spoon from the teriyaki sauce, onto raw chicken, and back to the teriyaki sauce because you will likely have leftover sauce that you may want to use after the dish has cooked and you don’t want it cross-contaminated with raw poultry; reserve extra teriyaki sauce.
  • Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake covered for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until chicken and rice are both cooked through.
  • Evenly sprinkle with green onions, optional sesame seeds, and serve immediately with the extra reserved teriyaki sauce if desired. Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for 4 months.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 490kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 1051mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 32g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. the hearts going crazy across your website is making it impossible to concentrate on your recipe. wish I could try.

    1. But how great that you were able to take the time to leave a comment. I guess the hearts must not have been too “crazy”. The hearts last a second or two based on how many of hundreds/thousands of people have liked or favorited the recipe. I guess this one is pretty popular!

    1. Maybe but you will have to keep an eye on them though since thighs take longer to cook and you don’t want the rice to get over cooked. Let me know how the experiment goes.

  2. 1 star
    This recipe did not work for me – I made everything exactly in the recipe except I used brown minute rice. It did not absorb the liquid at all and it came out soupy. If you’re making this don’t try with brown Minute rice!

  3. This recipe did not work for me – I made everything exactly in the recipe except I used brown minute rice. It did not absorb the liquid at all and it came out soupy. If you’re making this don’t try with brown Minute rice!

    1. Exactly…brown rice and white rice are very different. Sorry it didn’t work but will be fine if you use white minute rice next time.

  4. This sauce would not thicken.  I added a ton of cornstarch to it and remained pretty runny.  Any suggestions?

    1. It’s really hard to say. Normally once you add cornstarch to something it tightens up really quickly so it’s hard for me to guess what happened.

  5. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I love pineapple with teriyaki and chicken so this hit the spot. Definitely worth repeating soon (as I do with so many of your recipes because they are healthy, quick and tasty)!

    1. Thanks, Paula, for the kind words and I am glad that you enjoyed this! I love pineapple with teriyaki, too. The salty/sweet combo is just so good!

  6. I have never Minute Rice as I always use regular rice. Is the Minute Rice added straight from the box and the juice from the pineapple used to cook it it? Or can I use regular cooked rice?

    1. Minute rice cooks much quicker than regular rice. I recommend it for this recipe so that it can absorb the pineapple juice. Regular, already-cooked rice will not do that; nor would it cook in time in this recipe.

  7. Yum!! Gotta try this over the weekend–we love teriyaki anything! So cool you’ve been to Hawaii–it looks beautiful and is on my travel list.

    1. We recently went for a cheer competition my daughter had and we had an amazing time!

      LMK what you think of this after you give it a try.