Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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!

Slow cooker teriyaki chicken served over rice garnished with scallions.


Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 people

The smell of this teriyaki sauce cooking filled my house and I already knew it would be a hit. 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 215mg72%
Sodium 1822mg76%
Potassium 626mg18%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 54IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. 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!

      1. 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. wow are you even kidding me?so why even comment this women is showing us how to make food and all you can do is bitch about ?if your chicken came out dry it’s because you did it wrong I did exactly what she did and mine came out so good
        so yah let me see you cook and try showing people like you how to cook haha big problem

        1. I am definitely looking forward to making this for dinner one day this week. My only question is that the ingredients says to use soy sauce should I use teriyaki sauce instead since it’s for teriyaki chicken or use both sauces?

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

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

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. This chicken is Amazing. Turns out perfectly every time. It’s on our monthly rotation.
    I adjust the cooking time according to my knowledge of how my crock cooks. I recommend looking at the chicken at 4hrs, Just to check where it’s at. My entire family loves this meal. Turns out perfectly every time. Thanks for a keeper! ✌️❤️

  12. I’m about to make this but have a question about the vinegar. Is it Apple cider vinegar? And if it is I don’t have that on had is there another vinegar I could substitute for it?

  13. 5 stars
    I have to tell you, this is my absolute favorite teriyaki chicken recipe EVER. So easy, great over rice or noodles, and I just steam up a bag of broccoli to add to it. And your fried rice recipe I make with the leftovers?? You’re not kidding it’s better than takeout! I can eat it until I burst, lol. Thanks so much for the recipes!

  14. 5 stars
    My husband said this was the best tasting chicken he ever ate! We loved it, and it’s so easy to make. Outstanding flavor!

  15. I’ve seen a few people ask and haven’t seen an answer yet. Do you cut the chicken up prior to or after cooking? The recipe does not specify.

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