Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry with a Giant Rice Tower

We have not had stir fry with rice in quite a while so today we got our fix. I made the teriyaki sauce with the recipe on a separate post found here. Once I began plating the stir fry, I was looking for a mold for the rice. Elijah came in the kitchen, saw what I was doing, and wanted it to be a big mold. I used a mug and rubbed the inside with oil to ensure the rice did not stick. Elijah was all giddy with excitement when he saw how large the rice tower was. It reminded me of the Tower of Isengard in the Lord of the Rings. In this stir fry I used chicken, onions, peppers, fennel, baby corn (the kid’s favourite) and water chestnuts (oh how I love water chestnuts). You can substitute the meat and veggies with almost countless variations!

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry with a Giant Rice Tower

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3-4 chicken breasts , sliced
  • 2 onions , sliced
  • 2 peppers , sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb , sliced
  • 1 can of baby corn
  • 1 can of sliced water chestnuts
  • teriyaki sauce
  • cooked rice


  • Make the teiyaki sauce before you start frying the chicken and vegetables. The post for the teriyaki sauce is found here.
  • Add the oil to the a large wok or skillet and saute the chicken until it is mostly cooked, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the onions, peppers and fennel and saute for another 5-8 minutes.
  • Mix in the baby corn and water chestnuts and cook for another few minutes.
  • Stir in the teriyaki sauce, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for a final 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Serve on rice.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I am a big fan of stir frys! Teriyaki is one of my favorite sauces – this looks delicious!

  2. I made stir fry for dinner tonight, but I would have liked your recipe better!

    Yes, I’ve made tassies with cream cheese crusts, but not in a long time. That is a great suggestion for mini tarts–thanks!

  3. This brought to mind thoughts of Orcs, which is never a good thing when dining, but it sure looks (and tasted) delicious!

  4. I love chicken stir fry…this looks really delicious. And I’ve used a ramekin to mold rice before…but it wasn’t nearly as cool as your amazing rice tower! Your son had a great idea there! ;- )

  5. My family loves stir fry! Your recipe looks terrific:)

  6. The giant rice tower is just the right size for my hungry husband. lol. What a great stir fry recipes. I eat stir fry at least once a week at the house so I’m always looking for new ways to flavor it. I’ll certainly try this!

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