Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken (gluten Free)

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by Clean Plate Mama
4-6 servings
25 min

These air fryer teriyaki chicken bites are coated in flavorful homemade teriyaki sauce that is both gluten free and soy free. It's a healthy air fryer recipe that is easy and ready in 30 minutes.

This is so much healthier than any store-bought or take-out teriyaki chicken! This chicken makes an easy an quick meal. Serve it alongside some brown rice and these roasted cauliflower steaks, or any of your favorite veggies.


  • No breading or marinating needed – The teriyaki sauce for this recipe is nice and thick, so no need to let the chicken marinade before air frying and no need for any sort of breading.
  • Dietary needs – Gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and an option for sugar free.
  • Versatile – These chicken teriyaki bites makes a healthy protein for a main dish, or throw in some toothpicks and it’s a delicious appetizer as well!


Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken (gluten Free)
Recipe details
  • 4-6  servings
  • Prep time: 12 Minutes Cook time: 13 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • ▢ 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. water, divided
  • ▢ 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • ▢ 1 tbsp. honey (can omit if you want sugar free)
  • ▢ 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • ▢ 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger)
  • ▢ 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp. tapioca starch
  • ▢ 2 lbs. chicken breasts, cut into roughly 1" cubes

In a small saucepan, whisk together ½ cup water, coconut aminos, honey, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining water (2 tablespoons) with the tapioca starch. This is your slurry which will thicken your sauce. Set aside.
After the sauce begins to simmer, turn heat to low and add in the slurry. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick enough that it coats a spoon (this should only take 30 seconds to a minute).
Place chicken pieces in a large mixing bowl and pour sauce over chicken (prior to adding sauce to chicken, you can set aside ¼ cup to brush on chicken after cooking if desired). Stir chicken and teriyaki so that all pieces are fully coated in sauce.
Using a tongs, place chicken pieces in bottom of your air fryer basket. It's okay if pieces are touching, but try not to overlap pieces.
Set timer for 13 minutes and cook at 380 degrees F (if your air fryer requires pre-heating, make sure it was preheated). Stir chicken, or shake basket half way through cooking time.
Cut one of your largest pieces of chicken in half to ensure it's cooked through. If needed, continue cooking in 1-2 minute intervals.
  • The thicker the sauce the better - don't remove teriyaki sauce from heat before it's nice and thick. It should coat a spoon and resemble more of a caramel sauce type thickness.
  • Try to make sure chicken pieces are about the same size for uniform cooking.
  • For extra crispy chicken, you can continue to cook for a few additional minutes even after the chicken is cooked through.
  • I find it best to use a tongs for getting chicken in and out of air fryer basket.
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