Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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  • Flavorful and easy teriyaki chicken made in the crockpot! Only 5 minutes of prep and an instant family favorite!

    You really can’t beat a good slow cooker recipe. They’re easy, stress-free and require little clean up. A few of my other weeknight go-to’s are honey garlic chicken, 3-ingredient BBQ chicken and kalua pork.

    teriyaki chicken with rice in bowl

    The next time you’re thinking of ordering take out – try this slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe instead! It only takes 5 minutes of prep and cooks all day in the crockpot. The meat is so tender and the flavors in the teriyaki sauce are amazing!

    We love to serve this easy teriyaki chicken with cooked rice and steamed vegetables. You could even serve over quinoa or cauliflower rice to make it even healthier. 

    Trust me when I say this dish is better than takeout! It has become a go-to weeknight dinner that the whole family loves!

    teriyaki sauce in measuring cup

    How to make teriyaki chicken in the crockpot

    Step 1:  Add meat to slow cooker 

    Place the chicken in a slower cooker with 1/4 cup water over low-heat.

    Step 2: Make the sauce

    Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup water and cornstarch in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, garlic, ginger and pepper. Then pour over chicken.

    Step 3: Cook in crockpot, then shred 

    Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until the meat easily shreds. Remove any fat and begin shredding. Stir together with sauce and turn crockpot to warm until ready to serve.

    Step 4: Serve and enjoy! 

    Serve over cooked rice or quinoa with steamed vegetables. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.

    teriyaki chicken in the crock pot

    Tips and substitutions

    Use frozen chicken

    Want to make this recipe even easier? Use frozen chicken! You may need to add an extra hour of cooking time.

    Make swaps to make lighter

    To make this dish a little lighter, you can leave out the brown sugar. You could also serve over riced cauliflower, brown rice or quinoa.

    Add in veggies 

    This teriyaki chicken tastes perfect with steamed vegetables! You can even add veggies like broccoli in the crockpot during the last hour or so of cooking.

    Freezer meal 

    I’m always on the hunt for easy freezer meals, and this recipe is great for freezing. Add any leftovers to an airtight container or bag and store in the freezer for 1-2 months.

    teriyaki chicken with rice and green onions

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    teriyaki chicken in the crock pot

    Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy teriyaki chicken, slow cooker teriyaki chicken
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 3 hours
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 302
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Flavorful and easy teriyaki chicken made in the crockpot! Only 5 minutes of prep and an instant family favorite!

    Ingredients

    • 2 pounds chicken breasts
    • 1/2 cup water

    Teriyaki Chicken Sauce:

    • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/2  cup honey
    • 2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 2-3 cloves garlic , minced
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger , or 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

    For serving: Cooked rice or quinoa, sliced green onions, sesame seeds

      Instructions

      • Place the chicken in a slower cooker with 1/4 cup water over low heat. Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup water and cornstarch in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, garlic, ginger and pepper.
      • Pour sauce over chicken and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until the meat easily shreds. Remove fat and shred chicken. Stir together with sauce and turn slow cooker to warm until ready to serve.
      • Serve over cooked rice or quinoa with steamed vegetables. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.

      Notes

      Note: If using frozen chicken, you may need to add an extra hour cooking time.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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