Skinny Teriyaki Chicken

Skinny Teriyaki Chicken made with a quick and easy homemade teriyaki sauce in less than 30 minutes!

We love this Chicken Teriyaki recipe with a homemade teriyaki sauce, using the same base as the super popular Skinny Teriyaki Shrimp.

Skinny Teriyaki Chicken Skinny Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Teriyaki Chicken was the number one request I’ve gotten in the emails I send out. This recipe is on the blog thanks to requests from Mary H., Donald B. and Gary S. who all wanted something to replace their neighborhood takeout restaurant.

Many people love teriyaki chicken, but the sauce is so high in calories it becomes impossible for dieters to enjoy it. This teriyaki sauce is made from scratch but still tastes like the teriyaki sauce you know and love. The sauce is still sweet and sticky with a punch of garlic and ginger flavor.

There isn’t any time needed to marinate the chicken, a departure from most classic teriyaki chicken recipes and we get a nice “crispy” feeling by cooking the chicken pieces with a much thinner cut of chicken breast, increasing the exterior vs interior surface area.

Easy Skinny Chicken Teriyaki

Why use the canola oil spray? We are only using one teaspoon of canola oil for the cooking of the chicken, but we want to be sure that all the chicken pieces are coated with a thin layer of canola oil. This prevents one piece of chicken from absorbing the majority of the canola oil. I tested it both ways and still got great results with this chicken being cooking using both a spray and regular canola oil.

How to butterfly a chicken breast:

  • On a plastic cutting board (wood boards can contain scratches that can’t be cleaned effectively), place the chicken on the board.
  • Place your hand over the top of the chicken, flat/open onto the chicken.
  • Use a sharp knife (serrated preferred) to slice through the middle of the chicken breast , slowly through to the other side.
  • You should have two equally thin pieces of chicken that are the same shape as it used to be when thicker.

What to serve with Skinny Teriyaki Chicken:

  • Serve it over your favorite steamed vegetables, stir fried vegetables, cauliflower or brown rice.
  • Lettuce cups, this teriyaki chicken would be great in iceberg lettuce cups with finely shredded cabbage and carrots.

Teriyaki beef Recipe:

Using a lean cut of beef (london broil would be great for this, cut thinly against the grain into 4 ounce steaks) sear the beef on both sides in a cast iron skillet before removing it from the skillet to continue making the sauce. I don’t slice the beef into bite sized pieces as it stays more tender to cook it in mini steaks then slice it thinly on your plate.

You can also make the steak into Beef Teriyaki Skewers which are perfect for summer grilling!

Weight Watchers Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

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Skinny Teriyaki Chicken

Skinny Teriyaki Chicken made with a quick and easy homemade teriyaki sauce in less than 30 minutes!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • canola oil spray
  • 1 1/2 pound chicken breasts butterflied into think filets
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar unpacked
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • sesame seeds for garnish optional


  • Add the canola oil to a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat.
  • Spray all the chicken pieces quickly with a canola oil spray.
  • Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side before removing the chicken from the skillet.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the skillet and whisk well, cooking until thickened.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and coat the chicken before serving and slicing into thin pieces.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds, optional.


Serving: 1/6th recipe | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 776mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 9.2g
Weight Watchers Friendly Teriyaki Chicken
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.


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    1. Sorry Beth, Weight Watchers would prefer I direct people to their recipe calculator instead of putting the calculation on my site. Just know my recipes are made with dieters in mind so hopefully you’ll be happy with the points values!

  1. I just made this today cause I was craving teriyaki and it was absolutely delicious! Like the sauce was just absolutely perfect I made extra! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I have tried other teriyaki recipes but this is the best! I was lacking honey but had agave. I also didn’t have corn starch but the sauce still came out perfect and delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this recipe tonight! It was absolutely delicious. My husband said it was the best dinner in a long time. We will be making this again ASAP! Thank you 🙂 only 5 freestyle points for all my WW people.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks, Sabrina! This was delicious and not too sweet
    I was searching for a Teriyaki chicken recipe for sandwiches and yours caught my eye. We added a slice of pineapple and lettuce with the chicken on a bun and my husband and I both loved it! Because we live on our sailboat, I’m always looking for recipes that don’t require too many ingredients, due to lack of storage space.
    I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes
    Thanks, again!

    1. Thanks Marcella! I LOVE the idea of serving it on a sandwich, and pineapple with teriyaki is definitely how I eat mine as well. I like to sear off spears of it in the skillet and slice it like a steak on my plate. Glad you enjoyed the recipe, I hope you enjoy future ones just as much. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Sabrina just tried your recipe for me and my wife it came out perfect we absolutely love it and we will be making this meal a lot more.