Ground Chicken Teriyaki with Zucchini and Onions

Everyone has one of those days. You know, the day you’re too busy to spend much time thinking about what you’re going to make for dinner. Then before you know it, your home, starving and standing in front of your almost empty refrigerator asking yourself, “what on earth am I going to make?”. When this happens to me, like it did last week,  I could let the hunger overwhelm me, cry like a baby and rush to my borderline obsessive collection of take out menus. Or I can use what I have, in this case it ground chicken, zucchini, onions and a few staple spices, cross my fingers and hope for the best.  This time around it turned out to be a mighty good decision on my part.

All of the ingredients I use in this recipe, I usually have on hand. I think, if you enjoy Asian inspired dishes, the sauces that I use in this recipe should also be staples in your kitchen if they aren’t already. If you have an Asian market check there first for sriracha, sesame oil and sesame seeds. I have often found them to be a lot less expensive there. If you don’t have an Asian market you should be able to find all of these ingredients in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store.

Ground Chicken Teriyaki with Zucchini and Onions Recipe

Serves 4


  • 2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 zucchini sliced into 1/4 inch circles
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • chopped green onion for garnish



Start rice, cook according to package directions.


In a bowl mix together teriyaki, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar and sesame seeds.


In a large skillet or wok brown ground chicken over medium heat. Transfer to a strainer or colander, drain pan juices. Transfer to plate. Set aside.


In the same skillet add the sesame oil. Once hot add zucchini, sliced onion and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until slightly softened.


Return chicken to pan. Pour teriyaki mixture over the top. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.


Spoon chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with chopped green onions. Serve.


Enjoy! And if you ever find yourself in a situation where you just don't have much in the fridge or pantry, consider it a challenge. Take what you have and see what you can make, you just might surprise yourself.

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    Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks)
    August 3, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve been having a lot of those days lately. I’m getting ready to move, and so I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything except a few fresh produce items for my final three weeks in town. In trying to use everything up, you get creative. I love it. Each night is like a Top Chef challenge.

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    August 3, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Give me sriracha & sesame & I love it.. nice quick but very flavorful meal.

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    August 1, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I love to make these kind of dinners. You never know what you will end up with but it’ usually great.