Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Look no further for the BEST Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe!  Hands off, fuss free, 10 minutes of prep time, and you’ll come home to a delicious, ready meal!

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It’s after making meals like this that I ask myself why I don’t utilize my slow cooker more often.  I mean, what could be simpler than throwing in a handful of ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and then coming home to a ready-made meal for dinner?  Well, I’ve renewed my commitment to making my weekday nights easier by getting more use out of my slow cooker.

Slow cooker meals are also a really easy and fuss-free way to get your kids involved in the kitchen – there’s no boiling pots of hot liquids, splattering oil or open flames.  It’s just adding ingredients to the slow cooker, closing the lid…and waiting.

slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe best crock pot from scratch

Teriyaki chicken is something almost everyone loves.  That familiar combination of sweet and savory is a flavor practically anyone will enjoy.  This recipe is super easy to make with only 5 minutes of prep time.  And it also provides the perfect foundation for building upon – i.e., add some of your favorite veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, carrots or bean sprouts and make a complete meal out of it.

Depending on the veggies you’re adding, you’ll add them in during the last 20-30 minutes until they’re tender.  Bean sprouts will be added during the last 5-7 minutes so they retain some of their crunch.  Etc.  Or simply make a basic chicken teriyaki as shown here and serve it with your favorite steamed or stir-fried veggies and rice.

slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe best crock pot from scratch

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Let’s get started!

Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir until the brown sugar is mostly dissolved.

preparing sauce

Place the chicken in the slow cooker.  I’m using chicken breasts but you can use any chicken pieces of your choice.

Pour the sauce over the chicken.

adding sauce to chicken in slow cooker

Cook the chicken on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.  Transfer the chicken to a plate and shred the meat.  Discard the bones if you’re using bone-in chicken.

shredding the chicken

Carefully pour the sauce into a saucepan.  Bring it to a boil and pour in the cornstarch mixture, stirring until slightly thickened, about a minute.

Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it.  Stir to coat.  Cook on HIGH for a few minutes until heated through.  Add salt to taste.

thickening the sauce


Serve over steamed rice garnished with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions.


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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet on March 28, 2017

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