Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken + Crock-Pot Giveaway

This slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe is easy to make in your Crock-Pot. Plus the homemade teriyaki sauce is naturally sweetened, making it a chicken teriyaki recipe you can feel good about enjoying down to the last bite.

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Hey guess what?  I made you a new recipe with your three favorite words in the title — slow cooker chicken.

That’s right.  Without fail, requests for slow cooker recipes and chicken recipes seem to far outweigh all other topics in surveys and your emails.  So today I’m doing a two-for-one and also introducing a healthier new take on a classic — Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken!

This version includes all of the delicious sweet and savory teriyaki flavors you love.  But this easy homemade teriyaki sauce is naturally sweetened with honey instead of refined sugar.  And since your slow cooker is going to do most of the work for you, there is very minimal prep time required.  I think we can call that a win-win.

Speaking of winning, we’re also giving away not one but two amazing new Crock-Pot slow cookers in a giveaway below.  Yep, the winner will receive one to keep and one to give to a friend.  How cool is that?!  So read on for this tasty recipe and take a minute to enter the giveaway too.

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I mean, really, just look at that chicken drenched in that thick, sweet teriyaki sauce.  It’s calling your name.

Here’s how to make it happen.


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First we begin by making the teriyaki sauce base.  Simply whisk together the ingredients.

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Then lay your chicken breasts out in a single layer in your slow cooker and pour the sauce over them.  Cover and cook on high for about 4-5 hours, or until the chicken basically falls apart when shredded with a fork.  Get ready, because your home is going to smell a-ma-zing.

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Once the chicken is cooked, remove it with a slotted spoon and shred it on a separate plate or in a bowl.

Then transfer the remaining teriyaki sauce to a small saucepan, and whisk a cornstarch slurry.  Bring it to a boil and let it thicken.  Then pour the sauce on top of your shredded chicken.

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Gently toss to combine.  And then comes the hardest part — deciding how you’re going to enjoy it!

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I actually enjoyed my first serving on a little teriyaki chicken slider.  So simple!

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But of course, the classic way would be over rice.  Or quinoa.  Or even just on its own, with a side of veggies.  I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong any way you choose, especially with that heavenly homemade teriyaki sauce.  You’re gonna love it!

Here’s the recipe (and be sure to also check out the giveaway below!)

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe is simple to make, full of great flavor, and made with natural sweeteners.


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (use low-sodium if desired)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • (optional toppings: sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds)


Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of your slow cooker in a single layer.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the garlic, onion, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and black pepper until combined. Pour the mixture on top of the chicken breasts. Cover slow cooker, and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a separate bowl and shred it using two forks. Transfer the remaining teriyaki sauce from the slow cooker to a medium saucepan.

Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved and no longer lumpy. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the teriyaki sauce mixture, and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and let it boil for about 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and pour the sauce on top of the shredded chicken. Toss to combine.

Serve topped with scallions (green onions) and toasted sesame seeds if desired.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Crock-Pot Giveaway

Giveaway Prize: 

One winner will receive two (2) Crock-Pot® Digital Slow Cookers with iStir Stirring Systems — one for you, and one for you to give to a friend.  And get ready, because they are going to knock your socks off!  And here’s why:

iStir™ does the stirring for you so you don’t have to. With the slow cooker’s countdown digital timer and automatic stirring, you are provided the convenience of preparing food with perfect results, even if you are not in the kitchen. Simply prepare ingredients, set cook time and attach the motor housing with proper paddle in place. Choose the general purpose paddle for soup and chili or the stew paddle for thick stew and more dense dishes. After an initial 2-hour delay, the stirring self-activates every 30 minutes to ensure thorough mixing and even heating until turned off.  Pretty darn cool.

I especially stirring system when making dips and chilis.  It’s really handy, especially when just keeping the slow cooker on the “warm” setting while entertaining, to not have to constantly be stirring my recipe.  But this Crock-Pot is also a pro at making all of your other favorite slow cooker meals that don’t need stirring.  It pretty much does everything.  :)

How To Enter: 

Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway was sponsored by Crock-Pot.  I received a complementary slow cooker to test and review, but was not paid and all opinions are 100% my own as always.  Thanks for supporting the brands that make this site — and great giveaways — possible!

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  1. Betty Haniotakis — September 11, 2016 @ 8:14 am (#)

    I had thawed a turkey breast and was looking for a tasty dinner to make with it. I know your recipe is for chicken breasts, but I thought I’d give it a try. It took me a little longer than 10 min. for prepping the veggies & ginger. The recipe itself was very easy to prepare. I cut the breast in half lengthwise. During the course of cooking, I turned the pieces twice to be sure they soaked up the sauce. Wow, was this ever worth it – loved it. I cooked on med. for just over 4 hours – was afraid it wouldn’t be done, but the thermometer confirmed. I left it for about 20 min. to firm up, by which time it was cool enough to shred it by hand (I find using t forks very awkward). Made the sauce, which thickened beautifully. Yum, yum, yum – can’t tell you how much we enjoyed this.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 13th, 2016 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks for sharing with us, Betty — we’re happy to hear you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Marjorie McLay — November 26, 2016 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    This is one of the easiest recipes I have ever followed. It delivered a restaurant quality meal. So good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:46 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed it, Marjorie! :)

  3. Jean — December 19, 2016 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    I’m making this dish RIGHT NOW and wondering how to mitigate against having dry chicken. I put my crock pot (it’s the white smart pot) on High for 4 hours. But if i checked the internal temp of the chicken breasts- and it reaches 165 will that indicate that the chicken is done?

    Hope to hear from you!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 19th, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

      Hi Jean! Yes, if you check the internal temp of the chicken and it reads 165, it should be done. We hope you enjoy!

  4. Jean — December 19, 2016 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    As  a follow up, I made this for my 9 year old son and his best friend (and me) for dinner. The chicken is definitely on the dry side. I cooked on high for 4 hours and then it saw warming until we came home.

    I used low sodium so did not have the same problems in terms of salty. My son thought there was too much honey. I would say the sauce is not quite right but we age it and it was enjoyed.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 19th, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

      We appreciate your feedback, Jean — we’re sorry the chicken came out a bit dry!

  5. Jean — December 19, 2016 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    PS- My son and his friend said this was about a 6-7 out of 10!

  6. Mayelyn D Suriel — January 31, 2017 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    Loved it is one of the best investment for my kitchen is awesome!!

  7. Denise Rodden — February 5, 2017 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    It looks great! I’ll keep my fingers crossed 😅

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 5th, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Denise! Unfortunately the giveaway is closed (this post was from about 3 years ago).

  8. Mandy — February 6, 2017 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    I am meal planning and making this recipe this week! I do have a question for you. How do you tell how to gauge your crock pot? I have noticed that even on “low,” my chicken always seems to be done 2-3 hours prior to the 6-8 hours that most crock pot recipes call for. Do you have a method for calibrating crock pots? A friend shared your site with me a while ago, and I also recently heard the “Boo Mama Cast” podcast mention you. Thanks for the recipes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 6th, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

      Hi Mandy! Thanks for sharing with us, and that’s really cool about the podcast, we’ll have to check it out! As for crock pot calibrating, we’re afraid we don’t know much about that ourselves, but we did find some tips that may be helpful (we hope)!

  9. Sabrina — February 25, 2017 @ 11:34 am (#)

    I was looking to replicate my favorite sushi restaurant;’ s chicken teriyaki and found this, I like the idea of using a slow cooker to make the chicken extra tender, so thank you for this!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 26th, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

      You’re very welcome, we hope you enjoy this!

  10. Meghan — March 21, 2017 @ 4:43 pm (#)

    Made this during my lunch hour today. THE BEST TERIYAKI SAUCE I HAVE EVER HAD. My fiancé was super impressed. We kept picking at the chicken before the sauce was even finished. I am thinking this is a dish I will make when I have to entertain for many guests! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

      Thank you, Meghan — we’re so glad you and your fiancé enjoyed this!


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