Grilled Teriyaki Bowl

A simple, authentic grilled Japanese farm-style teriyaki Bowl that can be made with chicken or Portobellos. The chicken will need to marinate for 4-12 hours. Serve with rice, cucumber salad, and avocado for a delicious Teriyaki bowl. Feel free to sub portobellos mushrooms for the chicken and make this totally vegan. ( See notes)


Farm Style Teriyaki

  • 1 pound chicken thighs ( boneless skinless) Or sub 4 extra large Portobellos ( see notes)
  • 8 ounces shitake mushrooms ( optional)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce ( or use GF Braggs Liquid amino acid)
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • 12 teaspoons grated ginger


  • 1 cup rice, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water


  • Cucumber Ribbon Salad
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Garnishes:
  • 12 avocados ( one half, per bowl), peeled, sliced, salted
  • Garnish:
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions ( or chives)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Place whole chicken thighs in a ziplock bag with soy sauce, mirin, and ginger and marinate for 4 hours or overnight. The longer, the more flavor. You could add shiitake mushrooms to the same bag if you want. ( see notes for vegan and GF)
  2. After this has been marinated, and you are ready to grill, cook the rice.
  3. In the meantime, make the cucumber salad and preheat the grill to medium-high.
  4. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Using a vegetable peeler, or sharp cheese slicer or mandolin, peel long thin strips or “ribbons” onto a couple of paper towels. Blot with a couple more paper towels and place them in a bowl. In a small bowl, whisk rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar, and sesame seeds together and pour over cucumber ribbons, toss.
  5. Slice the avocado and scallions.
  6. Grill the chicken and shiitakes, over medium-high heat, turning the heat down after marking, letting the chicken cook through. Move the shiitakes to a cooler spot on the grill, or set them aside to prevent burning.
  7. Once cooked through, slice the chicken and assemble the bowls:
  8. Place rice in the middle, add grilled chicken to one side, then avocado, cucumber salad, and shiitakes. Sprinkle avocado with salt. Scatter bowl with sesame seeds and scallions, and serve with chopsticks.
  9. If you can’t find toasted sesame seeds, lightly toast raw sesame seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and golden. They are key. 🙂

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