Slow cooker teriyaki chicken is chicken breasts cooked with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and honey, then shredded and drizzled with sauce. Serve over rice for an easy yet satisfying crock pot dinner!

I always order teriyaki chicken when I go to my local Japanese restaurant. This slow cooker recipe is SO simple to make at home and has all the same great flavors of the restaurant version.

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Slow cooker teriyaki chicken with shredded chicken breasts, homemade teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and green onions.

Being able to throw a meal into my crock pot for dinner is something I have always been extremely thankful for. This slow cooker teriyaki chicken is one of my go-to dinner ideas because it’s quick and the entire family loves it. Plus, because it utilizes the slow cooker I can throw dinner on earlier in the day and forget about it.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TERIYAKI?

Thankfully, this teriyaki chicken is as easy as tossing all your ingredients in a crock pot and leaving it to cook. Chicken breasts are cooked with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and honey, then shredded before being drizzled with sauce. Serve your crock pot teriyaki chicken over rice and you’ve got a satisfying dinner!

Chicken breasts in a crock pot with soy sauce, garlic and ginger.

Depending on your preferences, chicken thighs or breasts can be used to make teriyaki chicken. One of the best parts about this recipe is that it can easily be doubled to feed a crowd if need be. Not to mention, it only takes about 5 minutes of prep time which makes for a quick meal all the way around.

A slow cooker full of teriyaki chicken with tongs in it.

You can eat crock pot teriyaki chicken as is, but it’s best when served over steamed rice. If you love this slow cooker chicken teriyaki, you’ll also love this chicken teriyaki stir fry which has similar flavors but is ready in 30 minutes.

A bowl of rice topped with shredded crock pot teriyaki chicken.

IS CHICKEN TERIYAKI HEALTHY?

Chicken teriyaki is made with mostly healthy ingredients. That being said, soy sauce is salty, and too much sodium is not good for you. Be sure to use a low sodium soy sauce in this recipe!

CAN YOU COOK RICE IN THE CROCK POT?

Yes, you can cook most things in the crock pot. However, you would have to cook it separate from the teriyaki chicken. Cooking rice in a crock pot makes it take much longer than just making it on the stove, however, it can be done if desired.

CAN VEGETABLES BE ADDED TO SLOW COOKER TERIYAKI CHICKEN?

Vegetables can definitely be added to this recipe. Most popular stir fry vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, snap peas, bell peppers, etc. can be added to this dish to personalize it. However, be aware, those most vegetables will need to be added later in the cooking process or they may get soggy.

Shredded slow cooker teriyaki chicken served over rice.

If you’re dreading school because weeknight dinners are so stressful, I’m with you. However, I have started preparing for busy nights by pulling out as many slow cooker recipes as possible. I’m definitely adding this slow cooker teriyaki chicken to the weeknight dinner rotation!

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Video

5 from 223 votes

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Slow cooker teriyaki chicken with shredded chicken breasts, homemade teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and green onions.
Slow cooker teriyaki chicken is chicken breasts cooked with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and honey, then shredded and drizzled with sauce. Serve over rice for an easy yet satisfying crock pot dinner!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, ginger, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce sesame oil and rice vinegar.
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks.
  • Pour the teriyaki sauce from the slow cooker through a strainer into a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan on the stove over medium high heat and bring to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the water until dissolved.
  • Pour the cornstarch into the pan and bring a boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has just thickened.
  • Pour the sauce over the shredded chicken and toss to coat the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 479mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this with boneless skinless thighs. I made the sauce separate in a pan *because my husband can’t read directions :)* and sauce was waaaayyy better than anything I buy in a bottle. Only used half a cup of honey and reduced the brown sugar for a double batch because 8tbsp sounded nuts and it turned out super well. Will be on my rotation from now on for sure. *next time I will do it ALL in the crockpot instead of leaving it up to him*

  2. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! I had skin-on, bone-in thighs, which I broiled in the oven for about 20 minutes. Then followed the recipe from there. Rave reviews from dinner guests!! Will definitely make this regularly!

  3. Could I cook this in a Dutch oven on 275 or 300? I am tripling it and think my large Dutch is a better fit.