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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken has all the convenience of your favorite takeout that’s easily made at home in your slow cooker. The chicken is tender and flavorful, with an amazingly sweet and sticky sauce that is absolutely delicious.

Enjoy more of my better-than-takeout recipes that you can make at home, like Egg Fried RiceCrockpot Orange Chicken, and of course this Teriyaki Chicken!

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

We love Chinese takeout. There’s something so comforting about those little white takeout boxes stuffed to the brim with our favorite guilty pleasures. Get all the pleasure with none of the guilt by making these recipes at home!

Chicken breasts can be tricky in the slow cooker and it’s best when cooked quicker and at a high temperature. This will keep the chicken juicy and tender, and not at all dried out or stringy.

This teriyaki chicken is pretty forgiving though, because once it’s coated in the thick sauce all bets are off.

Ingredients

The Teriyaki Sauce:

  • Minced garlic – Fresh minced is best.
  • Minced ginger – Fresh grated is best.
  • Honey – or agave if preferred.
  • Brown sugar – White sugar may be used as a substitute but just less and taste before adding more.
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar

You’ll also need:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – 3-4 medium sized chicken breasts. Aim for them to be able the same size so they will cook more evenly.
  • Cornstarch and cold water – To make a slurry and thicken the sauce.
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions – for garnish and totally optional.

How To Make Teriyaki Chicken In Your Slow Cooker

  1. Prep Slow Cooker. Place the chicken breast in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Prepare the Sauce. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken.
  3. Cover and Cook. Place the lid on top of the slow cooker and set it to high for 3-3 ½ hours, or low for 5-6 hours. The high setting is recommended, because the longer chicken breasts cook, the more moisture they lose. Resulting in dry, stringy chicken.
  4. Shred Chicken. Transfer meat to a cutting board and Shred or dice into large chunks.
  5. Cook the Sauce. Pour the sauce through a wire strainer and into a small saucepan. Whisk together a little bit of water and cornstarch (a slurry) for thickening, then simmer the sauce for several minutes. This can also be done right in the crock pot but you’ll have bits of chicken in your sauce.
  6. Combine Chicken and Sauce. Place the chicken back in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it, or combine the chicken and sauce in the saucepan until the chicken is completely coated in sauce.
Crock pot teriyaki chicken in a white bowl over a bed of fried rice.

What Does Teriyaki Sauce Taste Like?

Teriyaki chicken is grilled or otherwise cooked chicken coated in a sweet and salty glaze. Teriyaki sauce is sticky and gooey, with a slight tang and sweetness that gets its umami flavor from the soy sauce base.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve Teriyaki Chicken with steamed or Fried Rice, veggies, or Pan Fried Noodles.

Storage and Freezer Instructions

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

To freeze, place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

A piece of teriyaki chicken held between two chopsticks.

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Recipe

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken recipe has all the convenience of your favorite takeout that's easily made at home in your slow cooker.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Sliced green onions for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts in a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, ginger, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-3 ½ hours or on LOW for 5-6 hours. (high is recommended).
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred into large chunks with two forks.
  • Pour the sauce from the slow cooker through a strainer and into a medium saucepan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch until dissolved. Whisk into the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes or just until sauce has thickened.
  • Place the chicken back into the slow cooker, pour in the sauce and toss to coat.
  • Serve with rice and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Notes

Alternatively, you can wish the slurry into the sauce with the chicken. It will thicken either way. Straning just creates a smoother sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 33gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 886mgPotassium: 606mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword slow cooker, teriyaki chicken

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. This looks delicious and something my kids would like too. For some reason, I always have a hard time finding good crock pot recipes for chicken breasts. I am definitely trying this. Pinned!
    Shelley