Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Sharon L. | What the Fork Food Blog

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken is an easy slow cooker recipe you'll go back to again and again. Amazing.

I’m really excited to share this crock pot teriyaki chicken recipe with you guys. I don’t use my crock pot enough, and I say that EVERY time I make something in it. I’ve got several slow cooker recipes on my blog and I’m pretty sure I say that in almost every post.

It’s like, I love it for two days and then it’s back in the cabinet for two months. Funny how that happens.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Photo

Well guess what, its back. My crock pot is hard at work again – which means less work for me!

Let me tell you though, one thing that I hadn’t been making much in my crock pot is chicken. I always found crock pot chicken to be so severely dried out and waaay over cooked.

I always thought it was my crock pot that just sucked and didn’t know how to cook chicken properly (as if it really has control over that kind of stuff). But really, it was me that sucked.

I sucked at recognizing that it was my fault I was over cooking my chicken. I was just always following the directions in recipes that I was following. Recipe after recipe called for boneless skinless chicken breasts to be cooked for 4-6 hours or (gasp!) or even LONGER.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Picture

Being the slow cooker novice that I was, I blindly followed along, failing to adapt EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. And every single time, my crock pot produced failed chicken dish after failed chicken dish.

Then it fiiiinally hit me, duh don’t cook it as long! It’s really kind of sad and pathetic how long it took me to realize that, but I guess I could blame it on the fact that I only actually cooked chicken in it about once every 6 months.

Long enough to kind of forget your mistakes.

So, I’ve been doing some crock pot chicken experiments. Just how long do I really need to cook the chicken for? Much less then you’d think!

On low, my crock pot cooks my chicken in about 3-4 hours depending on how large the chicken breasts are. Usually, it’s closer to 3 hours.

On high, my chicken cooks in just over 2 hours. See how short of a cooking time that is?! No wonder my chicken was always awful, I was over cooking it by hours. UGH.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Image

Now, as I mentioned earlier, crock pots cook differently. So your cooking times might be a little longer than mine, or even a little shorter.

Check the internal temperature of the chicken around 3-3 ½ hours into the cooking time. You want it to be 165°F. If it’s not quite there, cook it longer.

If it’s there, you’re done! Figure out the best cooking time for your crock pot and you’ll hit it out of the chicken park every time.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Pic

So now that we’ve gone through that painfully long explanation about cooking times, let’s get down to the crock pot teriyaki chicken. This chicken is so good, it’s moist (!!), it’s paired with a wonderfully sweet and tangy homemade teriyaki sauce and it’s crazy easy to make.

You can throw these ingredients together and get your chicken cooking in 10 minutes. I love that this sauce is made up of homemade ingredients instead of using bottled sauce – homemade is just better.

Better taste, better quality, more control over your ingredients.

I made this chicken two ways. The first time I made it, I cut the chicken into cubes before serving it.

The second time, I shredded it. It’s really just up to whatever your preference is. I liked it better shredded, I thought it mixed with the rice better.

Plus, the shredded crock pot chicken teriyaki made a killer sandwich the next day. Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 3 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, About 3 large
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper, Fresh ground
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce, Gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1-2 tablespoons Water
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds, For garnish, optional


  1. Place the chicken in the crock pot and season with the black pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and garlic. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Cook the chicken on high for 2 hours and 15 minutes or low for 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  4. Remove the chicken from the liquid and shred or dice, set aside.
  5. Pour the sauce in to a saucepan and heat until boiling. In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch. Use 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch for a thinner sauce, 2 for a thicker sauce. I prefer using 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and water. When the sauce begins to boil, whisk in the cornstarch slurry until it thickens. Add the chicken and sauce back into the crock pot and toss until the chicken is completely coated in the sauce.
  6. Serve with rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.


  • The cook time listed is for cooking on high. If you'd prefer to cook on low, do so for 3 hours and 30 minutes.


Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
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Author: Sharon L.
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 135 minutes
Total Time: 145 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 30
Calories 236

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 1231mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 15g
Protein 36g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Sharon L.

About Sharon

Sharon is our latest gluten free fanatic. We love her easy approach to gluten free recipes that are versatile enough to be gluten-full too. Try one, you'll see what we mean. Find her at What the Fork Food Blog every day.

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