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.
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.
First we begin by making the teriyaki sauce base. Simply whisk together the ingredients.
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.
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.
Gently toss to combine. And then comes the hardest part — deciding how you’re going to enjoy it!
I actually enjoyed my first serving on a little teriyaki chicken slider. So simple!
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!)
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.
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. :)
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!
Seriously LOVE that his is sweetened with honey! And that you posted this on Friday. I feel like it is a perfect weekend meal. And it’s healthy. I <3 you. Thanks for a rockin' giveaway too! So much win in this post!
mac and cheese
I would love a new crockpot!
bbq pulled chicken
A nice chunky beef stew!!! :-)
I love making Mexican chicken soup in the Crockpot!
My mom’s pot roast is my fave crockpot recipe!
So far my favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is pulled pork but this teriyaki chicken may give that a run for it’s money.
Well this recipe looks delicious, but I also love making my chocolate chipotle chili in my crock pot.
I love to make beef stew in the crock pot! It is the best smell (in my opinion) to come home to after a long day!
I would love to make a rich Bolognese sauce!
PS – the Entry for following Crock Pot on Instagram says your Instagram account name on it, just FYI!
I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks yummy! I love using my crock pot to make meals. I self stirring crock pot would have been perfect for the chili I made yesterday, one of my favorites to stick in the crock pot.
Shredded chicken chili! Super easy and super tasty.
It’s to hard to pick a favorite. I love making meals like Chili, Pot Roast, and BBQ meatballs, but I also like making desserts!
I love making knock off pasta e fagolia! Its my husbands favorite as well!
Need to hear this one!
This looks sooo yummy.
There’s a corn chowder recipe my mother makes in her crock
pot. I’m pretty sure it’s the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth.
My favorite crock-pot recipe really is no recipe at all, but a medley of life-giving ingredients that becomes the best bone broth ever. I add pasture-raised animal bones to fresh veggies to make a super nutrient dense healthful bone broth.
My favorite slow cooker recipe is chili mac! A lightened-up version, of course!
this looks absolutely amazing! so simple. i might leave out the ginger though – not a huge fan. need to try this next week for an easy after work dinner option!
My favorite crockpot recipe is Taco Soup, Ribs, or Cranberry Onion Brisket.
My favorite recipe to make in my slow cooker is my pot roast
I would love a new crockpot! My favorite crockpot recipe is a black bean sweet potato chili that we can’t get enough of!
That’s tough – it’s between Hungarian Goulash and a Spicy Mexican Shredded Beef.
Love this crockpot & ours is not in good shape. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks delicious! Thank you!
I love to make lots of things in a slow cooker, but I especially love using it to make dulce de leche! https://goodbadquirky.blogspot.com/2013/01/salted-caramel-pie-made-with-dulce-de.html
Love this! I don’t use my slow cook enough, but I am allll over the teriyaki magic you have happening here.
Get out! The Crock-Pot stirs for you? Dinner will practically make itself! Love the versatility of this recipe, Ali.
Love cooking a turkey breast in the crockpot. Delicious, moist and easy cleanup!
Right now my favorite crock pot recipe is probably Chicken Tortilla Soup. Yum. Thanks for the chance to win!
I love your site – all of your recipes are delicious. My favorite crock pot recipe has got to be pulled pork! So scrumptious.
can’t wait to try this recipe!
My favorite Crock Pot recipe is for chili!
I’ve never seen a stirring crockpot! How cool!! Thank you!
My favorite crockpot recipe is Coca Cola BBQ chicken!
Can’t wait to make this, it looks delicious!
Fantastic! I absolutely love pork roast in the crock pot. I definitely need to use my crock pot more.
Thai coconut chicken soup!
I am loving using my slow cooker right now! Your chicken looks delish!! Have a great weekend!
I’ve had a lemon chicken slow cooker recipe saved for ages, but don’t have a slower cooker. This one looks amazing!
Oh my, I’ve been searching for a new, bigger crockpot. The one I have is tiny and I bought it for $5 on black Friday a million years ago. My favorite recipe is Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Making chicken in the crockpot is the best! It comes out sooo tender and juicy and just falls apart on your plate.
My favorite slow cooker recipe is BBQ Pulled Pork.
My favorite crock pot recipe is BBQ pulled pork :)
I love using my crockpot on Friday nights. My boyfriend and I both get home late from work and it’s nice to be able to enjoy a meal with each other without having to spend an hour prepping and cooking a meal! So excited to try this recipe out!
Favorite crockpot recipe? Probably vegetarian chili, there’s just no messing that up!
mmkkkkkaaaayyyy!! this looks to die for! I love salsa/mexican anything in the crockpot! :)
I love crock pot meals. My favorite right now is probably Pork Fried Rice.
This Crockpot would be awesome to make Homemade Soup!!
I love crock pot meatballs and any kind of crock pot chicken!
Pulled Pork…love doing that in the crockpot!