Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

100x better than takeout! Try this tasty twist on tender, juicy teriyaki chicken that only needs a handful of pantry staples and a slow cooker. Serve over rice for a delicious family meal.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken – Try this tasty twist on Asian take-out that only needs a handful of pantry staples and a slow cooker! |

When I was first learning to cook, the most basic, easy-to-make meals to me were comfort foods – mac and cheese, baked chicken, apple crisp. These are still the foods that give me that snuggly warm feeling, I love them. Italian dishes, too! Well, as “Italian” as boiled pasta and jarred sauce with that canister of Parmesan cheese can get. Ha! It gives me a giggle to think of those days… and how they still crop up on nights when I just can’t be bothered. Yes, the shaker can of Kraft Parmesan crumbles is still alive in my fridge and actively used!

After I became more adventurous with cooking, I dipped my toes into trying buttery French roasted chickens and crispy Mexican tostadas piled high with beans, veggies, cheese and all the good stuff. Then it was Greek salads with crisp cucumber and creamy feta, smoky Indian tandoori on the grill, and spicy Jamaican jerk chicken in the oven.

Can you tell I’m writing this post hungry, or what?!

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken – Try this tasty twist on Asian take-out that only needs a handful of pantry staples and a slow cooker! |

But, over all my years of cooking and learning and washing piles of dishes from predictable meals, I never took the leap to try Asian cooking! Whyyyyy, oh why did I insist on ordering it every time I was hungry for something different, but refused to roll up my sleeves and give it a shot?

These days, I can’t get enough of recreating my take-out favorites at home! All you need are the right ingredients, a little creativity, and a brain capable of understanding chopsticks.

Don’t worry, I’m still getting there, too…

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken – Try this tasty twist on Asian take-out that only needs a handful of pantry staples and a slow cooker! |

Of all the Asian dishes I’ve started to make since taking the leap, though, this teriyaki chicken has become one of my top ten! It is incredibly tender and flavorful, falls apart on your fork and melts in your mouth.

Piled over hot cooked rice and served with a side of stir-fried veggies, this fabulous meal was a major favorite last week. We love recreating our favorite take-out meals at home, and this one we’ll definitely be making again and again.

Try it this week for yourself!

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Yield: 4


  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 cups hot cooked white or brown rice
  • Sesame seeds and chopped scallions, optional


  1. In your slow cooker, stir together sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Place chicken in slow cooker and coat well in soy mixture. Cook on low for 3-4 hours*, turning chicken occasionally.
  2. Once cooked, carefully remove chicken from slow cooker, chop into bite-sized chunks; set aside.
  3. Pour liquid into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and water until combined. Slowly add cornstarch mixture to boiling liquid and reduce to a simmer. Allow sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes then add chicken to the saucepan. Coat chicken with sauce and let heat through.
  4. Serve over cooked rice. Garnish with scallions and/or sesame seeds, if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. You make me wish i was having teriyaki chicken right now and I’ve just had breakfast! Seriously, this looks so so delicious. Have a great day! :)

  2. I love slow-cooker recipes. So perfect for busy days! Chicken teriyaki was always a comfort food for me as a kid, because my mom would make it several times per month. She usually used a bottled sauce, but I’m excited to try it from scratch — especially since I already have all the ingredients on hand!

  3. This looks delicious Georgia! I’ve been using my crockpot a lot more now that it’s fall (what is it about cooler weather that makes me want to take it out more??) and this will need to be made soon! I love making asian take-out type dishes at home!

  4. You’ve been churning out the best slow cooker recipes lately, and this is no exception! Looks delicious, Georgia!

  5. I love all things teriyaki! And love that you used boneless…my son would much prefer that. Great crockpot recipe, Georgia. I finally put my slow cooker to use last weekend and here’s another great recipe for me to try.

  6. I love teriyaki chicken. This recipe looks delicious. Pinned!

  7. I love seeing the slow cooker in use now and I must try. This looks incredible!

  8. I need to get myself a slow cooker, have been seeing so many recipes.
    I love a chicken teriyaki anytime. Looks absolutely good G.

  9. I love teriyaki dishes. Your slow cooker chicken looks marvelous!

  10. Does anyone know how long it would need to cook if the chicken was put in frozen?

  11. I love recreating favorite restaurant meals at home to…and bigger score when they’re made in the slow cooker! I’ve got this recipe saved!

  12. This looks great, Georgia! And I still love pasta with the green canister shaker cheese when I’m feeling like I need comfort food. No shame!

  13. Great looking dish. I think your favourite take-out restaurant may be calling and wondering why you haven’t been coming around!

  14. YESSSS this is exactly the kind of recipe I want for when I crave takeout! I spend too much money on ordering out, and this looks so much more delicious! Woohoo for slow cookers! :D

  15. Slow cooker chicken teriyaki is the best! I actually just made and photographed my recipe and will be posting it soon – great minds think alike :)

  16. Hi Tiffany – I’d recommend adding it thawed, but if you want to add it frozen, I think it would need an additional hour or two, but I’ve never tried it so can’t be sure.

  17. Chicken teriyaki is a favorite around here! Love that this can be made in a slow cooker!

  18. I’m always on the lookout for slow cooker recipes like this one. We love, love, love, Asian inspired dishes around here. Thanks, Georgia!

  19. I love teriyaki chicken, how easy is that!

  20. Slow cooker meals are my best friends on the weekdays and this recipe looks super tasty!

  21. With a photo like this I was almost bracing myself for an intimating ingredient list. But you’re right, seems so easy. And it’s slow cooker! This is a Must Share recipe:)

  22. Looks like your Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is going on the menu this week! My tummy is growling for dinner right now and we need to shake up our current rotation going full speed into Fall. Beautiful photos as always, my friend! Thanks for sharing! xo

  23. I love all of your take-out meals Georgia! Seriously, every asian inspired dish you’ve ever made is sitting in my Pinterest “omg must make” board aka my dinner board. I love teriyaki chicken! And my slow cooker is my savior these days.

  24. Georgia.. Love this.. Pinning for all our followers!! We are sure they would love this..

  25. This looks so delicious, Georgia — glad you took the leap! I’ve not cooked with Asian flavors enough — just teriyaki a few times. I really need to play around with it more. Your chicken looks dee-lish!

  26. This looks like it could be habit forming!

  27. Seriously, Georgia, your photos make me so happy. They’re so bright and happy. I love it. And I’m so glad you make Asian food at home now :)

  28. The crockpot is the best time saver and it seems we just get busier all the time. This looks like a great weeknight treat!

  29. So glad you took the leap Georgia – can’t wait to try this recipe!

  30. Just like you , I never really give Asian dishes a try.. don’t know why. I make American, Mexican, Italian, and Indian, but I never dip my fingers in anything else. Gotta change that quick. :-)
    Love that you made this in a slow cooker, I really need to get one.

  31. I get a kick over what I first made when my husband and I were first married. I used a lot of Hamburger Helper (yuk) and I made a chicken teriyaki in the slow cooker that when it was done looked like mush (and tasted like mush) but my sweet husband would always tell me it was good. Your version looks and sounds much better than the one I used to make back then. I’m looking forward to trying it!

  32. Slow cooker and teriyaki? I love this idea! I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken and new slow cooker recipes. This sounds perfect! Thanks for the recipe Georgia! :)

  33. Giorgia, my mouth is watering! I love a good slow cooker recipe especially Asian inspired! Meals like this are always a family pleaser!

  34. We are ridiculously busy during the week anymore so I’m always searching for good crock pot recipes. This one, I think, will surely hit the spot.

  35. Teriyaki chicken is one of my favorites, but I’ve never been able to make it myself. I’ll definitely be trying this out–especially if it involves my slow cooker!

  36. When I first started cooking for my husband I would make “shake and bake” pork chops (totally overcooked) and canned green beans. We’ve come along way Georgia!

    The teriyaki chicken looks fantastic. I know my whole family will love this one. Bookmarked.

  37. I think Asian cooking scares many of us at first because the ingredients aren’t familiar. Once you get over that (and learn a couple of cooking techniques), it’s really like anything else. And the flavors are so wonderful, it’s great to make dishes at home. This looks particularly nice – thanks so much.

  38. Delicious! I used frozen – it was all I had – cooked it for five hours are it was perfect!

  39. This looks so good Georgia. We’re going to make it on Friday night! I haven’t cooked much in terms of Asian cuisine but Ryan LOVES it. So I need to get on board! Thank you for sharing. I’m all about the slow cooker these days :)

  40. This teriyaki chicken looks wonderful Georgia! I am always looking for new slow cooker recipes and this one sounds like a huge winner. Thanks for sharing :)

  41. Teriyaki Chicken! Yes! And it’s cooked in slow cooker? This will be a very popular dish in my home. ;)

  42. Love this asian chicken dish… it’s kid friendly too… my kids will love it. :)

  43. This just looks superb. I am going to share it on my FB page. I wish I could have this for dinner tonight :-( I love anything Teriyaki.

  44. Natalie Massicks says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it is THE.BEST.EVER! I will never buy a bottle of teriyaki sauce again. My chicken pieces were partly frozen and they cooked perfectly in the 3 hours. Thank you for sharing this recipe :-)

  45. We all love teriyaki chicken, but I haven’t tried making one myself. I’ll surely try cooking this.

  46. This looks fantastic! I have never put a teriyaki chicken dish I didn’t like :) This looks especially appetizing!

  47. 5 stars
    Hello! I made this tonight, and I used frozen chicken. It was amazing! I cooked it on high for 4 hours. I saw someone else ask about frozen chicken, so you can let them know one of your readers tried it and loved it. I usually flip meat a few times, but do it quick so you don’t lose too much heat! I actually don’t like fresh chicken in the slow cooker because it always turns out mushy for me. The flavor was on point, the texture was great – I usually pound my (thawed) chicken out flat, marinate for hours, then I have to stick it under the broiler… so much work! Obviously this isn’t quite the same result but WOW was it good. Hubby had like… thirds :) Thanks so much for a great recipe I will most definitely be adding this to my permanent list of tried and trues!

  48. My crew has never been fond of teriyaki, but this looks delicious, Can’t wait to try it.
    Hope mine turns out as good as your photo looks!

  49. In the crockpot right now! Can’t wait to try it with the kiddos tonight. Thanks! :-) Tuesdays is my night out with friends, away from the 5 kids, so I am always looking for easy dinners to help get me out the door faster. LOL!

  50. Chantel Thompson says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was very tasty! Love easy crockpot dishes on these cold November nights! Thanks for the recipe!

  51. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. My youngest, age 7, asked for teriyaki chicken, rice and broccoli for dinner. Never made teriyaki chicken before and this was one of the first that showed up on my Google search. Absolutely delicious. Three very large breasts for 3.5 hours was a hair too long as they started to shred. As usual the Mr. And I let all the kids eat full plates as we ate nibbles, to ensure they had enough. Well, there’s nothing left and it looks like frozen pizza for us! I did sub Mirin for the Apple Cider Vinegar, but otherwise a fantastic recipe. No cardboard chicken here!

  52. Have you ever tried this with boneless skinless chicken thighs? I’m going to try this recipe but with the thighs tomorrow.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  53. I haven’t, but I’d suggest using the equivalent amount of chicken (1 to 1 1/2 lbs.), keeping an eye on the cooking time (it may differ), and skimming any fat from the surface, if necessary.

  54. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made this earlier tonight for some friends of mine and they all raved about it. It was easy and fast to make. 1.5 lbs is enough for two or three people, but you may want to double the recipe if you’re making for more. I bought the boneless chicken pieces that are sold at my local grocery store and that worked out fine. I also think you could do this with bone in chicken thighs, and then pick the bone out later. I wouldn’t recommend this for chicken breasts as I think the meat would turn out too dry to hold the flavor and sweetness of the sauce.

  55. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. My family loved it!! I doubled it and it worked well. I added a little more cornstarch to make the sauce a little thicker. I will make again.

  56. 5 stars
    Saw this recipe this morning before breakfast! So I’m in agreement with Consuelo. I made it today for my family for lunch. My youngest doesn’t like chicken and he ate it all! Great recipe. Instead of using the slow cooker, I just did the chicken and sauce in a frying/sautee pan, and the rice separately. Youngest child cut the green onions at a slant. I made them promise to leave me some so I could have some after my workout.

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