Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

As testament to life’s sense of irony, the last recipe I made before our stove died and went to junkyard heaven was this Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken. Sticky, sweet, and a little bit sassy, this easy teriyaki chicken recipe has all the flavor and convenience of takeout but is made with simple, healthy ingredients.

This crock pot teriyaki chicken is INCREDIBLE. The honey teriyaki sauce is out of this world and it only takes 10 minutes to prep! The perfect easy, healthy dinner. @wellplated

Yes friends, for the last two weeks, I’ve been living without a stove. An electric panel breathed its last, which I discovered in the middle of boiling a pot of pasta. The stove shut off, refused to turn back on, and we were left with an extra crunchy batch of Garlic Shrimp Pasta. Since that fateful day, my apron strings have been tied to dishes I can make in a crock pot, bake in our countertop mini oven, or heat in a bajankity electric wok that dates from Ben’s undergraduate days. He’s rescued it from my donation pile on four separate occasions, and as it turns out, he was right to hold onto it; since the stove went kaput, that beat-up appliance has been my mealtime knight in shining armor.

Naïve, first-time homeowner that I am, I assumed that replacing our stove would be a quick process. As it turns out, selecting a new stove, finding a contractor to run a gas line so you can operate it, then ordering and coordinating its installation, all for a reasonable price, is anything but. I still don’t know precisely when the new stove will be delivered, but I’m hoping its before the 16-person fondue party I’m hosting this weekend.

This crock pot teriyaki chicken will be the BEST thing you make! The honey teriyaki sauce is incredible. Perfect for serving with rice and great leftover too. @wellplated

Courtesy of our stove’s demise, this Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken is the first of several slow cooker recipes I have in store for you over the next few weeks. Teriyaki chicken was my middle school fast-food favorite. Whenever I was out running errands with my mom, I’d beg her to stop at Japan Express so that I could order their jumbo-sized bowl of teriyaki chicken with sticky rice. I’m pleased to report that today’s homemade teriyaki chicken recipe has the same addictive takeout flavor, but is made with real, wholesome ingredients you can feel good enjoying any night of the week.

You don’t need bottled teriyaki sauce to make teriyaki chicken. This homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is only six ingredients, most of which I bet you have in your pantry right now: soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, and garlic + ginger. Simply stir the sauce ingredients together, place the chicken in your crock pot, then pour the teriyaki sauce over the top. Bye bye bottle.

This slow cooker teriyaki chicken will make you think you are eating takeout! Less than 10 minutes to prep, healthy, and the honey teriyaki sauce is out of this world! @wellplated

In the crock pot, the chicken becomes fall-apart tender, and in less than two minutes on the stove (or in a sketchy electric wok), the cooking liquid reduces into a glossy, rich teriyaki sauce that gives the dish its name and signature flavor. Ben and I both agreed that this Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken belongs in our regular recipe rotation, and as soon as I have a stove to make my favorite brown rice to go with it, it will be!

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe has the flavor of your favorite takeout but is made with healthy ingredients. Only 10 minutes to prep and the honey teriyaki sauce is incredible!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for serving
  • Chopped green onions, for serving
  • Prepared brown rice, quinoa, or other whole grain, for serving

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken thighs in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Pour over the chicken thighs.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate and shred with two forks. Strain the cooking liquid through a mesh sieve and into a medium saucepan.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Add to the strained cooking liquid, whisk to incorporate, then heat the saucepan over medium high, stirring constantly until the sauce bubbles. Continue cooking and stirring until glossy and thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the chicken to the sauce. Toss to coat. Serve warm with rice or quinoa, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions as desired.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 4) without rice

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 326
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 141mg
  • Sodium: 1661mg
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Protein: 36g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

40 comments

  1. Okay, this is such a traditional recipe that most people love and yet somehow you have made it look WAY BETTER and SO DREAMY LOOKING! You go girl! And did I mention how much I love that it is a crockpot meal? GORGEOUS PHOTOS!

  2. hey girl- This looks so  good! Good luck on your stove! I’ll be praying!

  3. This looks really wonderful Erin! Love that you shared a way to make teriyaki sauce at home with staple ingredients. Shared!

  4. Hi Erin!  Sorry to hear about your stove.  I am happy to hear that there will be lots of crock pot recipes coming in store on your site – my crockpot has a special place in my heart ❤️ and in fact I call my Pinterest board for crockpot recipes ‘crockpot saviors’ because that’s what those recipes are to me – they save me so much time!!  – Bita

  5. thank heavens for a slow cooker!!! but is this a blessing in disguise…slash are you shopping for your dream stove? 

  6. I can’t imagine being without a stove, but at least you’re a fabulous cook and can create delicious slow cooker recipes like this! It looks so delicious – teriyaki is definitely a long time favorite of mine. 

  7. Hi, Erin! This sounds delicious. Have you tried it with boneless chicken breast? I am thinking about cutting the chicken breast into bite sized pieces before cooking. I would appreciate your opinion. Thank you!

  8. I hope you get your new stove soon! You’re going to love having a gas stove.

    This recipe looks great! I printed it for dinner. I love that it’s a slow cooker recipe. I appreciate that you started adding nutritional info. It’s useful to have as a guide.

  9. Hi Erin.   I was wondering why you have to strain the cooking liquid.  Recipe sounds great, however. Can’t wait to try it. 

  10. I’m wondering if you can use salmon instead and what the cook time would be? It looks delicious! Thank you!

  11. Hi Erin,
    I’d like to add some veggies to this–perhaps broccoli and/or mushrooms. Do you have thoughts on how best to do that?
    Thanks!

  12. Made this chicken last weekend, with a slight variation -threw in some frozen stir fry veggies and brown Minute Rice for the last 30 minutes to make it a complete meal in the slow cooker. Love having one-pot recipes like this that I can easily throw together on a Friday when we’re all tired and don’t want to cook or do dishes!

  13. I made this tonight, and it was incredible! It’s my new go-to chicken in the crockpot recipe! The chicken is tender and moist, and the saucy is so yummy! I also love that it can be cooked in 2 hours on high because I forgot to put it on until 2pm today!
    Thanks for another great recipe, Erin! :)

  14. that looks so good. thanks for your sharing the recipe

  15. How would you suggest cooking the chicken if you don’t have a crockpot? The sauce sounds great so I would love to try this recipe!

  16. Wow, just wow. Found your recipe this morning, and used it for this weeks meal prep – lunch. Just tasted the chicken, and it is nothing short of amazingly delicious! Thank you for sharing, this one is definitely going in my meal prep rotation.

  17. Looks so yummy. Can you make a big batch of this and freeze leftovers? I’m all about having something on hand for crazy days and for family to eat when I’m out of town. Would be great to pull this out of freezer for a quick meal. 

    • Hi Annie! Yes, this recipe freezes beautifully. I would suggest cooking the recipe as instructed, cooling completely, and then freezing. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. I’d recommend reheating on the stove with some chicken stock to prevent it from drying out. I hope you love the recipe!

  18. so delicious! I served with roasted carrots..only change I made was slicing the chicken so I didn’t have to shred & put the cornstarch mixture in the crock pot.(saving on dishes)…it’s a keeper!!!!

    • Yay, Karin! So glad this turned out to be a keeper for you. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this kind review!

  19. Hi sounds sooo good, would like to make for our Sunday dinner. If i dont have rice wine vinegar what can i use?

    • Hi Brenda, rice vinegar has a unique taste of its own, and that’s what I recommend, but if you’re really in a pinch, cider vinegar would be the best option. Like rice vinegar, it’s mild, so the flavor won’t overpower the dish like a wine or balsamic vinegar would. I hope you enjoy it!

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