Ditch the takeout and do yourself a favor by making this fresh, simple and seasoned to perfection Chicken Teriyaki at home in the slow cooker! With only a few minutes of prep time, the slow cooker cooks tender chicken and right in your own homemade teriyaki sauce. This great recipe is full of tangy flavors the whole family will love and the best part is – this easy teriyaki chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight!
Covered in sweet, sticky and savory homemade Teriyaki sauce, this slow cooker chicken is bursting with fresh flavors. Scrumptious sauce ingredients like brown sugar, ginger, low-sodium soy sauce and honey season the perfectly tender chicken breasts. Why reach for a bottle of Teriyaki sauce when making your own homemade is so simple and tastier?! Seriously – this Chicken Teriyaki is absolutely irresistible!
There’s nothing like the slow cooker to make dinner practically effortless. Simply dump your ingredients into your slow cooker and within a few hours, you will have an incredibly simple and easy slow cooker meal. Slow cookers are designed to cook raw meats and frozen chicken. The long cooking time and steam created from the tightly covered container destroy bacteria, making slow cooking safe.
Not only is this the perfect meal, but it also makes repurposing leftovers a total breeze! Serve leftover chicken teriyaki on buns, in tacos, wraps, and on top of salads.
Want other yummy slow cooker recipes to try? Try my Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs or my Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken!
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Slow Cooker Meals in the Summertime
When it’s hot outside, and yikes … has it been HOT outside lately – an easy slow cooker recipe is a lifesaver! Who wants to spend a bunch of time in a hot kitchen, cooking up a heavy meal when it’s sweltering outside?
This crockpot teriyaki chicken recipe is the perfect light meal for summertime (or heck – anytime). A family favorite meal, done in a couple of hours and your slow cooker does pretty much all of the work for you.
For a complete meal, serve it over a bed of rice and open a jar of Paisley Farm Five Bean Salad to serve alongside, and dinner is served!
PAISLEY FARM FIVE BEAN SALAD
Busy nights call for simple meal ideas, and what could be easier than twisting the lid off of a jar of yummy bean salad? This salad is delicious, nutritious, and packed with so much flavor!
Jars of Paisley Farm Five Bean Salad and other Paisley Farm products are a staple in our pantry. Whether we just open the jar of bean salad and use it as a side dish, or we incorporate it into recipes like this Five Bean Ground Beef & Noodle Skillet, this Five Bean Ham & Rice Salad, or in appetizers like this Creamy Mexican Hot Taco Dip it’s been a lifesaver when I ask myself “what am I going to make?”
A well-stocked pantry is always a good idea, but it comes in really handy when you are pinched for time.
INGREDIENTS FOR CROCKPOT CHICKEN TERIYAKI
This recipe uses a handful of simple ingredients that you may already have in the refrigerator or pantry! For the full measurements, scroll down to the recipe card.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: Can sub boneless skinless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat. They are also a little less expensive than breasts.
- Brown Sugar and Honey: Essential sweet ingredients to balance out the salty elements.
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce: Gives the sauce its wonderful umami flavor. Low sodium is preferred as regular soy sauce may make the dish too salty.
- Rice Wine Vinegar: Adds acidity with a hint of sweetness. White vinegar or apple cider vinegar be used if preferred.
- Garlic: Enhances the warm, savory flavors.
- Ginger Puree: Used for the spicy brightness it brings to the sauce. Freshly grated ginger root can be used if preferred.
- Pepper: Punches up the other flavors.
- Cornstarch: When mixed with water becomes a cornstarch slurry. When stirred into the sauce in the crock pot, it thickens it, and then it will stick to the chicken better.
- Scallions and Toasted Sesame Seeds: Used for topping and serving, if desired.
HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT CHICKEN TERIYAKI
My recipe for chicken teriyaki in a slow cooker is so incredibly easy to prepare! To see even more detailed steps, please scroll down to the recipe card.
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and pepper.
Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker.
Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Remove chicken from crockpot and either cube it or shred it.
TIP: If you cook the chicken on the longer end of the time, it will be perfect for shredded chicken. If you cook it for a shorter period of time, you will be able to cut and cube it with a sharp knife. It’s all personal preference. Just note that the internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees for food safety.
Return the chicken to the crock.
Make a cornstarch slurry by whisking together cornstarch and water until it is smooth and there are no lumps.
Transfer the sauce from the crockpot to a medium-sized saucepan. Warm over medium heat.
Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce on the stove and stir as it thickens.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir to combine.
Keep it warm in the crockpot until ready to serve. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of scallions and sesame seeds.
Tip: Next time you are fixing rice for a meal try one of the steamer packets of rice you can grab at the store. They have long grain white rice, (what I used) Basmati, and Jasmine rice, too! Easy meal prep at its finest, my friends!
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Tips, Twists & Ideas on Chicken Teriyaki
The classic Asian cuisine flavors in this slow cooker Chicken Teriyaki recipe make it perfect for pairing with a variety of sides. Easily make chicken teriyaki with vegetables by doubling the sauce and adding in veggies like carrots, broccoli, bell peppers or cauliflower.
Try serving it over a bed of rice – I suggest white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice. Edamame pairs well with this teriyaki recipe as an appetizer or side dish, too. Don’t forget to top this appetizing Asian-infused meal with green onions and toasted sesame seeds for an authentic restaurant touch.
Alternatively, this recipe is extremely versatile to switch up depending on your tastes. Simply add some red pepper flakes to the sauce to make a spicy Teriyaki chicken recipe. Add fresh or canned pineapple chunks to the crock pot to make Hawaiian Teriyaki chicken. Switch out the low sodium soy sauce with Tamari sauce and the cornstarch for arrowroot powder to make a gluten-free version.
WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH CHICKEN TERIYAKI?
If you are looking for side dishes that pair well with this Asian-inspired main dish, try my Sweet Heat Asian Grilled Shrimp Skewers, my Chinese Chicken Salad, or my Basic Garlic Fried Rice!
But if you want a quick and easy side dish – just open a jar of Paisley Farm Bean Salad! The hardest part is turning the lid! That’s my kind of cooking in the summertime!
My friends at Paisley Farm Foods and I are on the same page when it comes to bringing you fantastic tasting homecooked meals, without a bunch of fuss. Foods that you can feel good about feeding your family and yourself.
FAQS ABOUT CROCKPOT CHICKEN TERIYAKI
Are teriyaki sauce and teriyaki marinade the same thing? No, Teriyaki sauce and marinade are not the same things. The main difference between the sauce and marinade is the way in which each is used to flavor the meat. Marinating meat in a Teriyaki marinade is a slow, thorough process, allowing the teriyaki sauce to infuse itself into the chicken, beef, or fish.
Can you overcook chicken in the crock pot? Yes, it is entirely possible to overcook chicken in a slow cooker! If it is cooked too long it could end up dry – not juicy and tender.
OTHER ASIAN INFUSED RECIPES TO ENJOY
- Teriyaki Chicken Casserole
- Chinese Chicken Salad
- Sticky Asian Meatballs (pictured above)
- Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken Recipe
- Asian Slaw
- Ginger Soy Dressing
- Hawaiian Pork Sliders
Where to Get Paisley Farm Products
Find where you can pick up delicious Paisley Farm Five Bean Salad, or any of their other fabulous products by visiting their website. Follow Paisley Farm on their social media for great recipes all year long: FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Check out Sam’s Club and Costco in both the U.S. and Canada for the two-packs! They are a wonderful value, so stock up while you can!
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Let’s get to this simple crock pot chicken teriyaki recipe!
Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon ginger puree (or fresh grated ginger root)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- scallions and toasted sesame seeds for serving, if desired
- Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and pepper.
- Pour over the top of the chicken.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
- Remove chicken from crockpot and either cube it or shred it. * Return it to the crock.
- Transfer the sauce from the crockpot to a medium-sized saucepan. Warm over medium heat.
- Whisk together cornstarch and water until it is smooth and there are no lumps.
- Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce on the stove and stir as it thickens.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir to combine.
- Keep it warm in the crockpot until ready to serve.
- Serve over rice with a sprinkle of scallions and sesame seeds.
*If you cook the chicken on the longer end of the time, it will be shreddable. If you cook it for a shorter period of time, you will be able to cut and cube it with a sharp knife. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees for food safety.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 830mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 28g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.
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