Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken. Tender, juicy chicken thighs cooked low and slow for 4 hours until tender and smothered in a homemade teriyaki sauce!

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken |

I love making my own teriyaki sauce at home. It’s so much easier to control the sweetness and the salt level. I used a similar homemade teriyaki sauce as my Easy Teriyaki Beef Meatballs and my Teriyaki Baked Salmon. The teriyaki sauce consists of soy sauce, honey, fresh ginger and garlic. That’s it! The sauce makes this recipe!

The chicken thighs gets tossed in the homemade teriyaki sauce and cook low and slow in the crockpot for 4 hours until tender. The chicken comes out super juicy and there is lots of sauce leftover which I love to serve over rice or noodles!

How to make Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe couldn’t be easier. I toss all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook it on low for 4 hours. When the chicken shreds easily that means it is done! To thicken up the sauce I heat it up in a small saucepan along with some cornstarch and cold water. While the sauce is simmering I shred the chicken then toss it all together. Serve with sesame seeds and green onions for garnish!

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs |

How to make Teriyaki Sauce

Making your own Teriyaki Sauce at home is super easy! It’s also a great way to control the sweetness and saltiness of the sauce. To make your own teriyaki sauce at home you’ll need:

  • Soy sauce: I always use low sodium soy sauce. You can use regular soy sauce with a splash of water to combat some of the saltiness.
  • Ginger: I prefer to use fresh grated ginger however ground ginger can be substituted in a pinch.
  • Garlic
  • Honey: Adds a nice sweetness to the teriyaki sauce. If you like your teriyaki on the sweeter side adjust the honey to taste.
  • Rice wine vinegar: This vinegar can be found in the International or Asian isle in the grocery store. It adds the perfect acidity to the sauce.
  • Mirin: Has a sweeter flavor which helps combat the saltiness from the soy sauce.
  • Sesame oil: Adds a wonderfully nutty flavor to this sauce!
  • Cornstarch slurry: 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water. This thickens up the sauce!

What to serve with Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs |

Here are more recipes using my Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 5
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken. Tender, juicy and smothered with a homemade teriyaki sauce!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • sesame seeds for garnish if desired
  • green onions for garnish if desired


  • Add the chicken, garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and mirin to your slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with two forks.
  • Remove the chicken and shred.
  • Pour the sauce from the slow cooker into a medium saucepan.
  • In a small bowl whisk together water and cornstarch.
  • Slowly whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and bring to a boil whisking constantly.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
  • Toss the shredded chicken into the sauce and stir to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  • Serve immediately with sesame seeds and green onions for garnish, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 990mg43%
Potassium 373mg11%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 113IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Wings, Easy Dinner, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Slow Cooker, Teriyaki

Originally published April 2, 2018

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  • TC

    My asian family and I have been searching for an excellent tasting Teriyaki sauce for a while.
    This sauce tastes the best!!! My son and husband are continuing to talk about this sauce the following day. This is now our official Teriyaki sauce for our home.

    It is extremely, extremely hard to find easy good-tasting asian recipes. I’ve been looking for over a decade. I look forward to trying your other recipes. Thank you very much!

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