Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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I love my crockpot.  How nice is it to throw everything in your crockpot in the morning, run all of your errands, hang out with the kids, and dinner is ready at 5?  The smell of this teriyaki sauce cooking filled my house and I already knew it would be a hit.  But here is the best part.  My 4 year old ate it and loved it!  I should base all of my ratings  on him because he won’t eat anything!  And the teriyaki sauce was so amazing and perfect!  I honestly couldn’t stop eating it!  This is definitely one we will be making again and again!

Rating: 5 stars Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
How I changed it:  The last time that I made it, the sauce wasn’t as thick.  It called for 4 1/2 tsp cornstarch.  I added the 4 1/2 then kept stirring it and adding tsp by tsp.  I ended up adding about 3 more.  The sauce turned out AMAZING this time!!
Things I will do differently next time:  Nothing
Will I make it again?  Yes!
Recipe from: Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen


12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds) (I used 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 1/2 teaspoons cold water
Hot cooked long grain rice

1.Place chicken in a 4 qt. slow cooker.  
2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper.  Pour over chicken.  
3. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until chicken is tender.  
4. Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm.  
5. Skim fat from cooking liquid.  Place liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Combine cornstarch and water until smooth.  Gradually stir into liquid and stir until sauce is thickend.  Serve with chicken and rice.


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  1. Looks good, Alyssa!

    • SUSAN HALDANE says:

      I followed the above recipe exactly for the sauce and put my chicken in the slow cooker, and removed my chicken breast before the 3 hour mark….. and the chicken was so dry. The Teriyaki sauce made the chicken breasts have a hard outline. so if I kept it in my slow cooker for 4-5 hours??I gave my name and e-mail but for what….. I don’t want to get recipes from you, just to make a valid comment on your dish!

      • All slow cookers do cook differently. And I am thinking that yours cooks really hot? The chicken shouldn’t have been dry at all and if the sauce gave it a hard outline I am assuming it was overcooked.

  2. This sounds like a perfect slow cooker recipe! Love this for the summer!

  3. Sarah Carletti says:

    Wow. I need to get a slow cooker!

  4. YUM! I am definitely making this next week… PINNED!
    <3 Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life

  5. This sounds so delicious, I can’t wait to try it out 🙂

  6. This looks delicious! I love slow cooker recipes. Thanks!

  7. Another great meal without a lot of work!

  8. Had this for dinner tonight! Added a little more cornstarch but it was delish and the kids loved it! Thanks for the recipe

  9. is the chicken frozen or defrosted? thanks

  10. Pearl Smith says:

    how was the chicken cut up?

  11. The picture shows green onions but they aren’t listed in the ingredients. When are they added and how much?

    • I just used them for garnish. If you choose to use them then just chop up about 2 Tbs and sprinkle on the top! 🙂

  12. Very very good! My 3 kids loved it!!!

  13. Made this today, and I agree that it needs the extra corn starch to thicken up. Now that being said, Oh wow! That is some tasty teriyaki! Family devoured it! No kidding, thank goodness I’m the cook, and I taste as I go, because I ended up with less than half serving to my plate. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

  14. Sounds great but how many does it serve????

  15. Sounds great… How many does it serve

  16. I’m anxious to try this, did you use brown or white sugar?

  17. Did you cut the chicken up before or after cooking?

  18. Shaelyn says:

    I made this yesterday for my family. I must say…. This was the absolute best teriyaki chicken I’ve ever had!

  19. Claudette says:

    Wondering if I got the sauce ingredients correct? 3/4 cup soy sauce seemed like a lot but that’s what I used. My sauce came out looking nothing like the photo – it was almost black as was the chicken from being cooked in it. Any feedback would be appreciated.

  20. This recipe turned out amazing! The sauce was so easy to make and so flavorful. I followed your advice and added more cornstarch until my sauce was just thick enough. I also cooked some stir fry veggies in coconut oil and sprinkled hemp seeds on top to add with the rice and chicken. This recipe was perfect! Thanks Alyssa! Another great recipe for a busy college student 🙂


  22. What do I do with the starch and water

  23. I’ve made this recipe several times and we all just love it. So easy and oh so good!!! We’ve had it over rice and also egg noodles. Love it!

  24. judy clark says:

    Please add a “print recipe” icon on your recipe page. Thank you!

  25. Dave Anderson says:

    do you cut the chicken up before it is cooked or after?

  26. Do you cut up the chicken into bite size pieces AFTER it has cooked?

  27. Cat Lopez says:

    What brand rice wine vinegar do you use? I’m having trouble locating a kind we can safely have (one of my boys had food allergies) just curious of the exact one you use so I can look into it.

  28. To speed up cooking time, how long should I leave it in on high?

  29. This is sooo yammy. I only stopped eating because I couldn’t breathe anymore. Lol. Served it over bed of cauliflower fried rice. Hmmmmm yumm.

  30. So a total of 7 and 1/2 tsp of cornstarch?

  31. It says teriyaki chicken… But you use soy sauce? So no teriyaki sauce in it?

  32. In my country we don’t have slow cookers cz the power is out half the time.Can i make this on a stove top? Thank you.

  33. Oh my goodness this was delicious. I didn’t have any cider vinegar, so I used Balsamic vinegar.
    It’s going into my “must do again, Soon!” list.
    Thank you, Beverly

  34. Where’s the Teriyaky in the Honey Teriyaky Chicken recipe?


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