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Keto Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Who doesn’t love keto chicken teriyaki on a stick? Smothered in thick and rich garlicky teriyaki sauce, these keto Teriyaki Chicken Skewers are tender, juicy, and succulent. Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips and tricks to make this amazing dish in under 30!

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Cooked in a jiffy, this air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe is amped up and loaded with flavor! With just a handful of ingredients, this fun and quick dish is impressive enough for guests, but still easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

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What is Teriyaki?

Teriyaki is a slightly sweet and salty sauce that originates from Japan. Loaded with garlic and ginger, it’s a tangy sauce that really packs a punch of flavor.

I use it on these keto chicken skewers but you can also use it as a dip, dressing, and marinade for a variety of other meats like beef, salmon, shrimp, and even veggies.

What You Need To Make Keto Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

  • Skewers – I really recommend buying metal ones. They’re not just a one-use item, and they don’t burn. These 10-inch ones fit in my Cuisinart air fryer basket.
  • Digital thermometer – don’t mess with chicken! It should be cooked to 165F to be eaten safely.
  • My dialed up keto Teriyaki Sauce
  • Chicken thighs – boneless and skinless
  • Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

How To Make

For a full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of the page.

  1. Slice the boneless and skinless chicken thighs lengthwise into long 1/2-inch thick strips
  2. Marinade the for about an hour in the Teriyaki Sauce.
  3. Weave them onto the skewers and pop them in the air fryer for about 15 minutes.
  4. That’s all!

Can I grill keto teriyaki chicken?

Yes, you sure can! Simply fire up your grill to a medium-high heat and pop the skewers on to cook.

If you’re using wood skewers, don’t forget to soak them first. Though honestly, after a million years of cooking professionally, soaking the skewers first doesn’t really help that much.

Your best bet is to use reusable metal skewers.


Chef Jenn’s Tips to Make Keto Teriyaki Chicken Air Fryer Style

  • Chicken thighs are meaty, fatty and juicy enough to hold up to air fryer temps and even grilling. You can use chicken breast, just watch it doesn’t dry out by getting overcooked.
  • Air fryers are all different. Follow the recommended temps and times for your air fryer.
  • If your air fryer won’t hold skewers, you can still air fry this dish – just put the chicken pieces in the bottom of the basket or check out these shorter skewers.
  • Use a good digital thermometer to temp the chicken and pull it out when it gets to 165-F.
  • Save some sauce to brush on at the end or for dipping!
  • Want a different spin? Sub some sugar substitute for the honey (or use sugar-free honey) in this baked teriyaki chicken dish.
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Make it a Meal

I love this garlicky, gingery, and slightly sweet keto teriyaki sauce on chicken and it pairs soooo nicely with dishes like Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and Brown Butter or even just plain Cauliflower Rice.

You could also snug the skewers on a plate next to a pile of creamy mashed turnips or mashed cauliflower. And for dessert, enjoy a keto snickerdoodle cookie!

Can I freze this dish?

Yes! These low carb teriyaki skewers are freezer friendly!

Simply chill the skewers completely and then slide them off the skewers. Package them in a freezer-safe plastic bag or reusable container.

Freeze for up to three months.

To reheat, thaw them in the fridge overnight then heat them in the air fryer on a low heat until hot. Enjoy!

Is Teriyaki Chicken keto?

It sure can be! Typical teriyaki sauce is loaded with soy sauce and brown sugar. Neither of these is good for a keto diet. But, if you swap the brown sugar for a brown sugar alternative and either count the carbs in the soy sauce (you don’t really eat much of the sauce usually) or use coconut aminos, then voila, you can make this keto friendly.

How many carbs are in teriyaki chicken?

In this dish made with keto teriyaki sauce, there are only about XX net carbs per serving. This makes it a great choice for low carb and keto diets.

Is soy sauce keto-friendly?

This is a hot debate right now. It is low in carbs so on that score, yes, it is keto friendly. However, soy has been shown to have inflammatory properties so many strict ketoers tend to avoid it. Plus, it is very high in sodium. The choice to use soy sauce or not is a personal one and how it fits with your keto goals.

Step By Step Process

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Keto Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Sweet and with loads of garlic and ginger, this simple recipe for air fryer Teriyaki Chicken is easy enough for weeknight dinners.
Course Keto Dinner Recipes
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian, chicken, teriyaki
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 161kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs about 6 thighs, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce divided
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Marinate the chicken thigh strips in almost all the teriyaki sauce for up to an hour. Reserve 2 tbsp of teriyaki sauce for dipping and brushing.
  • Weave the chicken thigh strips onto the skewers and place them in the basket of an air fryer.
  • Air fry at 360F for about 15 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165F. Brush with remaining teriyaki sauce and serve!


Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbohydrates: 3g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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Hi, I’m Jenn!

I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

7 thoughts on “Keto Teriyaki Chicken Skewers”

  1. 5 stars
    Such a simple yet effective way of adding flavour to chicken. They cooked beautifully in my air fryer. I did turn them halfway through whilst I was checking on them!

  2. 5 stars
    This is so true! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love chicken teriyaki LOL And these skewers look absolutely fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    OMG! I am used to making teriyaki chicken, but I have never tried this skewers way. Your recipe sounds amazing, and I cannot wait to give it a try!

  4. 5 stars
    Such an easy meal with lovely sweet and salty flavors. So good over rice when they’re deskewered after the frying!

  5. I’m wondering if liquid aminos be substituted for soy sauce ? it ” kinda” has the same taste ( to me)

    • Hi there, yes, they’re interchangeable. Soy has inflammatory properties that strict ketoers avoid so I offer coconut aminos as an option. Great question! ~Jenn


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