Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is a simple saucy, sweet and tangy chicken served over tender long grain rice that truly satisfies. The aroma that will fill your kitchen will make your mouth water all day, the hardest part of this will be waiting till it’s done. It’s so simple and so flavorful, it’ll become a standard in your recipe rotation.
Serve this with a Creamy Poppy seed Fruit Salad and some Egg Rolls for the perfect family dinner on busy weeknight. This will bring the family running to the table.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken on top of rice.

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Teriyaki is one of the most favorites of the Asian flavors around. The combination of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar is like magic. Teriyaki sauce makes everything taste better. From Shrimp to veggies to steak. It just goes with so many things.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is rich and flavorful and so easy to throw together. Slow Cooker meals are a favorite go to when life gets busy and this will be a winner.  Tender chicken is drenched a thick sweet sauce with minimal preparation but will taste like you slaved all day. This is so good!

Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients:

Simple ingredients come together quickly for the perfect meal.

  • Chicken Thighs: Save time by buying boneless skinless chicken thighs. Otherwise you’ll want to de-bone and skin your chicken thighs.
  • Sugar: Balances out the soy sauce to make the perfect sauce.
  • Soy Sauce: You can use low sodium soy sauce if you’d like.
  • Cider Vinegar: Adds zing and tenderizes the chicken.
  • Ground Ginger: Makes the sauce sing.
  • Minced Garlic: You can use jarred minced garlic.
  • Pepper: Try using fresh ground pepper for the best flavor.
  • Cornstarch:  Thickens the sauce.
  • Cold Water: needed to dissolve the cornstarch
  • Rice: Long grain brown or white rice is best.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken in the Slow Cooker:

Using the Slow cooker makes every thing easier. Just a few simple steps is all you need to impress.

  1. Place: Put the chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Mix: In a large bowl mix the sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Pour it over the chicken.
  3. Cook: Cook on low for 4-5 hours till chicken is tender.
  4. Remove: When the chicken is done remove and shred on a platter and keep warm.
  5. Sauce:  Skim the fat from the cooking liquid. Place the liquid in a pot and bring to a boil. Mix the cold water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Slowly add to the sauce and stir till thickened.
Making Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with sauce.

Teriyaki Tips and Variations:

You will love how versatile this recipe is, it’ll be everyone’s favorite.

  • Chicken: The recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs, but chicken breasts can easily be used and will be super tender and flavorful.
  • Trim the Fat: Which ever kind of chicken you use, you’ll want to trim off any excess fat.
  • Honey: If you’re looking for a sugar substitute try honey. It’s sweeter than sugar so you can use less. It will add a nice deep richness to the sauce. Try using 2/3 cup honey instead of the sugar.
  • Sauce: If your sauce seems too thin even after adding the cornstarch. Mix another 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of cold water and add. Continue to add the cornstarch slurry till you get the thickness you desire. It will thicken as it cools.
  • Flavor: If you want to intensify the flavor use fresh garlic and fresh grated ginger for a deep rich flavor.

Serving and Storing Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken:

Slow cooker chicken is so easy and so versatile, you’ll love having some leftovers.

  • Double: This is an easy recipe to double and save half for later.  Leftovers often taste better anyway as flavors continue to meld together.
  • Variations: Besides rice you can try serving it over quinoa. Roast or steam vegetables and turn the meal into a stir fry or a rice bowl. Use the chicken in sandwiches or to top a Teriyaki Chicken salad.
  • Store: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken in sauce in Crockpot.

More Tempting Teriyaki Recipes:

Teriyaki is such a tantalizing flavor, try these other great recipes with this amazing taste.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

5 from 7 votes
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is a simple saucy, sweet and tangy chicken served over tender long grain rice that truly satisfies. The aroma that will fill your kitchen will make your mouth water all day, the hardest part of this will be waiting till it's done. It's so simple and so flavorful, it'll become a standard in your recipe rotation.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 people


  • 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
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Hot cooked long grain rice


  • Place chicken in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper.  Pour over chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm.
  • 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.



Updated on September 15, 2020
Originally Posted on November 13, 2012


Serves: 6

Calories394kcal (20%)Carbohydrates29g (10%)Protein47g (94%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol215mg (72%)Sodium1822mg (76%)Potassium626mg (18%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar26g (29%)Vitamin A54IU (1%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium26mg (3%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese
Keyword slow cooker treiyaki chicken, teriyaki chicken
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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. This looks so good! I have a question: is cider vinegar the same as apple cider vinegar? Because I have apple cider vinegar and want to make sure I’m adding the right thing.

  2. 5 stars
    Having a picky family, never having eaten chicken teriyaki before and only my second time using my new slow cooker, I was crossing everything for an ok supper. Oh my, what a treat we were in for! It smelled amazing and was sooooo good! It got a thumbs up from my pickiest son and thats wuite an achievement. Thank you so much. Cant wait to try some other recipes now.

  3. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in our family. If I make the chicken, they also expect the fried rice to go with it! We make it all. The. Time. ♥️

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. THAT SAUCE! 🤤
    It’s in our dinner rotation monthly.
    A bag of frozen stir-fry veggies and white rice and we’ve got a DELICIOUS meal.
    Also, what’s the serving size on this? 1 cup?

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your passion of cooking with others! My husband and i tried your slow cooket teriyaki chicken recipe and it was divine!! Ive also tried your slow cooker chicken mushroom stroganoff, which also became a instant family staple in our menu rotation. God bless you and yours!!

  6. 5 stars
    Made teriyaki crockpot chicken last night for dinner. After much thought I decided to cut my chicken across in thick strips because I was afraid it would fall apart if I tried to cut the chicken after cooking. Just a personal preference. I wanted the chicken to be in strips instead of shredded. Next time I will cut in large chunks just like I do in another recipe. I always check my meat when it’s been in the crockpot for 2 hours knowing that different crockpots cook differently. My teriyaki chicken was done in 3 hours. I served this over white rice with steamed mixed vegetables. My husband who loves teriyaki chicken liked this recipe. We both enjoyed this very much. Thank you so much for this recipe

  7. 5 stars
    My very picky teenagers and husband loved it!!! We are a basic meat and potatoes family that doesn’t really like any type of casseroles or meals with sauces other than spaghetti. Thank you for a great recipe!

  8. This looks amazing! Could you please share where those pretty stoneware bowls are from? I’m looking for some just like them for my wedding registry! 🙂

  9. 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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