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Grilled Maple Syrup Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Rice

Chicken loves maple syrup and it certainly goes well in this version of teriyaki! Serve with tender young arugula and cooked brown rice.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 45 min


3 tbsp light tamari sauce
3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp ginger, fresh, grated
½ tsp black pepper, freshly-ground
1 tsp Sriracha hot chili sauce or other hot sauce (optional)
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup long grain brown rice, dry
2 cups water
8 cups arugula (rocket)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 green onion, sliced

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Make marinade by adding light tamari, maple syrup, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, freshly-ground black pepper, and Sriracha hot pepper sauce to the bowl of a blender or food processor.

  2. Place skinless chicken thighs in large plastic ziplock bag. Add marinade. Mix with hands on outside of bag to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, and preferably overnight.

  3. Put the rice on to cook 20 minutes before you are ready to grill the chicken.

  4. Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from bag and place on top shelf of bbq/grill. Close lid and grill 8-10 minutes on each side, or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Cooking time will vary based on the size of thigh pieces. Remove from grill and slice grilled chicken into long strips. Set aside.

  5. To serve place arugula around perimeter of a dinner plate or serving platter. Place hot brown rice in middle and top with grilled teriyaki chicken. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion (optional garnishes).

Helpful Tip

If you need a gluten-free version make sure you choose a tamari that is labelled gluten-free.

Nutrition Info

Per 295 g serving Amount
Protein28 g
Fat11 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate37 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar10 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Sodium690 mg
Per 295 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A20
Vitamin C15
Vitamin B633
Vitamin B1220