If you’re wondering what to serve with your chicken teriyaki, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for chicken teriyaki.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with chicken teriyaki are coconut lime cauliflower rice, teriyaki noodles, bao buns, Asian sesame ginger slaw, and Japanese cucumber salad. You can also try vegetable dumplings, tempura, lemon ginger broccoli, or grilled bok choy.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Coconut lime cauliflower rice
Cutting back on carbs? Cauliflower is a great alternative to traditional rice.
It’s got a subtle nutty flavor, which melds really well with the refreshing coconut and lime seasoning in this recipe.
Serve alongside your chicken teriyaki for a satisfying, healthy meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for meal prep.
Also known as sunomono, this dish is often served as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants.
But I enjoy it as a side dish – its sharp, vinegary flavor is perfect for cleansing your palate between bites of sticky teriyaki.
Psst… for best results use Japanese or Persian cucumbers.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a no-cook option.
Grilled bok choy with ponzu sauce
Bok choy is one of my favorite vegetables, and it’s absolutely fabulous grilled.
The leafy edges get delightfully charred, while the stems turn crisp-tender.
But the true game changer in this dish is the ponzu dipping sauce.
It has a light, tart flavor, reminiscent of a vinaigrette, that will work perfectly with your teriyaki chicken.
Why we love this recipe: one serving is only 60 calories.
Got some sauce leftover from making your teriyaki chicken?
Don’t throw it out – use it to whip up these teriyaki noodles for a quick and tasty side dish!
This recipe uses brown rice noodles, but if you don’t have them, ramen noodles or even spaghetti pasta should do the trick.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect even for busy weeknight dinners.
Lemon ginger broccoli
Steaming is the healthiest way to cook broccoli, but it can leave it soggy and bland.
Luckily, it’s an easy fix.
Stop cooking the broccoli as soon as it turns a vibrant bright green, then toss the florets in the citrusy lemon-ginger sauce.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms a simple ingredient into something really tasty.
Miso butter mushrooms
You’ll never want to make plain mushrooms again once you taste this recipe.
Mushrooms are already packed with umami flavors, but adding miso-garlic butter to the mix amps up the umami flavor even more, making them simply irresistible.
Enjoy your chicken teriyaki with steamed rice and a serving of these mushrooms on the side.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a flavor party for your tastebuds.
Chili lime grilled pineapple
Grilling your teriyaki chicken? Chuck some pineapples on the grill too.
They’ll taste great plain, but to make them even more delicious, try seasoning them with a mix of chili powder and lime juice.
You’ll get smoky-sweet pineapples that remind you of being on a Caribbean island.
Why we love this recipe: you only need four ingredients.
Asian sesame ginger slaw
If you need a healthy, hearty dish to serve with your chicken teriyaki, look no further than this Asian-style slaw.
It uses quinoa, which means it’s a lot more satisfying than your traditional cabbage slaw mix.
Why we love this recipe: it’s Insta-worthy.
Japanese potato salad
This isn’t an ordinary potato salad.
Instead of big chunks of potato, you have a creamy, chunky mash that’s studded with carrots, corn, hard-boiled eggs, and cucumber.
Psst… if you can’t find kewpie mayo, you can make your own by following this recipe.
Why we love this recipe: it has 4.88 stars from 188 votes.
Spicy sesame zoodles
If you want a light side you can whip up in 10 minutes, these sesame zoodles are the way to go.
You can serve them raw, but a quick boil makes them lovely and tender.
But what makes this dish really stand out is its creamy sesame sauce.
The earthy sesame flavor will help mellow out the sweetness of the teriyaki chicken.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super healthy but not boring.
Take inspiration from a Japanese bento box and pair your chicken teriyaki with some veggie dumplings (or gyoza).
I like the pan fried version, because you get a crispy bottom and a soft top.
But you can fully steam or fry them too.
Why we love this recipe: the dumplings are fun to make and they freeze really well.
Spicy roasted edamame
Boiled edamame has a naturally sweet, buttery taste, but why not kick things up a notch by tossing them in chili oil and then roasting them?
Roasting brings out a nutty note in the edamame beans and gives them some crunch.
Warning: these are so addictive you might polish off the whole sheet pan.
Psst… learn how to reheat edamame here.
Why we love this recipe: you won’t need to worry about having leftovers!
Pair your chicken teriyaki with a platter of freshly fried tempura for a fun Japanese feast.
Coating your shrimp in the tempura batter allows a lightly crisp coating to form as your shrimp becomes juicy.
Just ensure your oil is hot enough to achieve this, or you’ll end up with a soggy mess.
Why we love this recipe: it works as a starter or a side.
Summer couscous salad
Tired of the usual leafy greens salad?
Give this couscous salad a try – it’s loaded with fresh and vibrant tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers.
All it needs is some protein… hello chicken teriyaki!
Why we love this recipe: it works with quinoa or barley too.
Steamed bao buns
You can buy frozen baos in your local Asian grocer, but you’ll get extra boasting rights if you make your own bao buns.
You’ll need some patience while you wait for the steamed bao buns to proof, but it will give you plenty of time to assemble your other dishes.
Fill the soft fluffy buns with some teriyaki chicken and asian slaw for a yummy treat.
Why we love this recipe: it’s nice and detailed so suitable for beginners too.
What vegetables go with chicken teriyaki?
Bok choy, broccoli, green beans, or stir fried peppers are the best vegetable sides for chicken teriyaki. Try okra for something different, or peas if you want something really simple.
The best vegetable sides to serve with chicken teriyaki
- Grilled bok choy with ponzu sauce
- Lemon ginger broccoli
- Japanese okra with bonito flakes
- Miso glazed green beans
- Roasted sugar snap peas
- Buttered vegetables
What To Serve With Chicken Teriyaki
- 1 portion chicken teriyaki
- Prepare your chicken teriyaki according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: coconut lime cauliflower rice, cucumber salad, grilled bok choy with ponzu sauce, teriyaki noodles, lemon ginger broccoli, miso butter mushrooms, chili lime grilled pineapple, Asian sesame ginger slaw, Japanese potato salad, spicy sesame zoodles, vegetable dumplings, spicy roasted edamame, vegetable tempura, summer couscous salad, and steamed bao buns.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!