Gluten Free and Grain Free Teriyaki Chicken


Happy October! Well it will be in a couple of days, and with Christmas right around the corner, so I am naming October my healthy eating month, (in preparation for all those Holiday treats I’ll be making, testing and enjoying.) 

grain free teriyaki chicken no noodles

On a regular basis we cook healthily in our house, using low carbs, healthy sugar alternatives and more. So when it comes to making recipes that are healthy, I also want them to be tasty and delicious. This Gluten Free and Grain Free Teriyaki Chicken fits the bill just right!

Asian cuisine is one of my favourites. I guess it stems from my Chinese heritage on my mom’s side. And one of the things that I love about asian cuisine is how quick it comes together. Our Gluten Free and Grain Free Teriyaki Chicken is no exception. It comes together in less than 30 minutes making it a weeknight dinner staple. 

Plus it can be served with salad, steamed veggies, rice noodles or quinoa for a hearty dinner meal that is grain free, gluten free and healthy.

teriyaki chicken with gluten free ramen noodles

What do you need for our Gluten Free and Grain Free Teriyaki Chicken? 

Boneless chicken breast

Or if you prefer you can use boneless chicken thighs. We eat more white meat in our house so chicken breast was the obvious choice. But we’ve made this recipe with boneless thighs and it was just as tasty.

Sesame oil

Generally I use toasted sesame oil for both cooking and finishing. Through my research I have noticed that some of the regal sesame oil brands mix the oil with soybean oil which is a no no for me. But if your oil is pure, then use what you have on hand. For more info on Toasted Sesame Oil vs Regular Sesame oil, check out this post from bonappetit.com.

Coconut Sugar

I used coconut sugar in this recipe because it gave it a nice depth of flavour as well as the benefit of being a low glycemic sugar. However you can use xylitol or agave in its place. Just remember that they are sweeter and you might need to reduce it a little for your sauce.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Is naturally gluten free made from apples, as its name lends to. White vinegar is distilled from grain alcohol. So just to be on the safe side apple cider is always my choice of vinegar.


One of the key ingredients in this recipe is the starch that we need to thicken the sauce. We use Tapioca starch in our recipe because it is grain free. But if that was absent in our pantry, we’ve substituted with arrowroot starch as well as corn starch (as a last resort).

Gluten Free Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos

For this recipe we tried it with both organic gluten free Tamari and coconut aminos. Tamari is made from soybeans but contains no wheat unlike regular soy sauce. Coconut aminos however contains no soy and is made from the fermented sap of the coconut palm, making it free from soy. We tried both in this recipe with great results, so use whatever works best for you.

Once you’ve choose your ingredients, simply gather come ginger, garlic, salt and pepper, grab a skillet and whip up a batch of this Gluten Free and Grain Free Teriyaki Chicken.

And if you’re looking for a delicious side to add to it try our gluten free Singapore Noodles!

grain free teriyaki chicken
Yield: 4 servings

Gluten Free and Grain Free Teriyaki Chicken

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes 12 seconds
Total Time: 23 minutes 12 seconds


  • 2 Chicken Breast, Boneless, about 1 pound
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 2 Tbsps Sesame Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely Chopped
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Ginger powder or 1 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Tapioca starch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Noodles and steamed broccoli for serving


    1. Cook the rice noodles according to package directions and steam the broccoli then set aside.
    2. Cut the chicken into 1” cubes, add to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
    3. Add coconut oil to a large skillet, heat over medium, add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
    4. Next add the chicken and cook until tender and done, stirring occasionally as it cooks to prevent sticking.
    5. While chicken is cooking, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl, whisking to ensure there are no lumps.
    6. Once chicken is cooked, add the sauce and cook together stirring constantly until the sauce thickens and becomes shiny.
    7. Remove for heat and serve immediately with noodles, and steamed broccoli, or sides of your choice

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