Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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5 from 7 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes

This savory, yet sweet Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe makes for a tasty and healthy dinner, perfect to prepare ahead of time for busy weeknights.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs with a side of white rice.

Not only are these Teriyaki Chicken Thighs so juicy and exploding with flavor, this is also a nutritious and protein packed meal. Teriyaki chicken is tried and true, even your kids will love this recipe. Plus there is no need to break out a pan and bake in the oven or broiler. It is all done in the crock pot.

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What We Love About This Asian Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

  • Family Friendly: Your family is sure to love these Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs.
  • Easy Prep: This teriyaki crock pot chicken recipe is so easy to prep, making it perfect to make in the morning on a busy day.
  • Versatile: Teriyaki Chicken goes great with so many things, such as white rice, noodles, or vegetable stir-fry.
side view of the chicken.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken Thighs or Breasts: Not bone-in, boneless is best for this easy recipe.
  • Soy Sauce: Regular or low salt varieties work in this recipe.
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar: Light or brown sugar.
  • White Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Garlic Cloves or Garlic Powder
  • Dried Ginger: Fresh ginger is also great for this Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs.
  • Black Pepper: to taste.
  • Cornstarch: This is the thickening agent for the recipe.
Meat, soy sauce, seasonings to make the dish.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

These are the basic steps for making Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and cook time.

Preparing the chicken and making the sauce.

STEP 1: MAKE THE TERIYAKI SAUCE

In small bowl, mix together the sauce soy, brown sugar, honey, garlic, black pepper, ginger, and white vinegar.

STEP 2: ADD EVERYTHING TO THE CROCK POT

First add the chicken and then pour over the teriyaki that you just made. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. To ensure chicken is fully cooked, use a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.

STEP 3: SHRED CHICKEN

Remove chicken from the crock pot using a slotted spoon. Shred chicken using 2 forks and set aside.

Placing in the slow cooker and cooking.

STEP 4: THICKEN THE TERIYAKI

Pour the remaining teriyaki sauce in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Make a slurry by combine cornstarch and water, then add to the sauce. Allow simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and pour on to the shredded chicken. Serve crock pot teriyaki chicken thighs immediately for best taste.

Finishing the chicken after shredding and returning to the sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is perfect to make a head of time in the morning before you head to work or dropping the kids off at school. You could also prepare the teriyaki sauce and chicken thighs in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge for 1-2 days.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can prepare this recipe in a freezer bag and store the raw chicken thighs up for to 9 months. Allow to thaw completely before transferring to the crock pot.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat slow cooked teriyaki chicken, you can reheat in a small saucepan on the stove top or heat in the microwave for for 1-2 minutes or until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions about Slow Cooked Teriyaki Chicken

SLOW COOKER VS PRESSURE COOKER

Slow cookers also known as crock pots are meant to slowly cook your food at a lower temperature for a longer period of time, where as pressure cooker (eg. Instant Pot) cooks food at a temperature higher than the boiling point, therefore it cooks food at at higher temperate for shorter amount of time.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE TURKEY IN PLACE OF CHICKEN?

You could also use turkey in place of chicken for very similar results.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

WHAT IS THE TASTE OF TERIYAKI CHICKEN?

Teriyaki chicken has a savory, yet sweet and tangy flavor.

Chop sticks in the Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Chicken Breasts for Thighs: Chicken breasts will work just as well for this recipe.
  • Sear the Chicken: To ensure the chicken thighs stay juicy and moist while cooking, you can sear the chicken using a skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side to lock in the juices.
  • Serve With: Serve crock pot teriyaki chicken thighs with white rice and vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, eggplant, or snap peas.

What to Serve with Teriyaki Chicken in Slow Cooker

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs with a side of white rice.
5 from 7 votes

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
This savory, yet sweet Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe makes for a tasty and healthy dinner, perfect to prepare ahead of time for busy weeknights.
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chicken thighs, or boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup warm water

Optional garnishes:

  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Sliced green onions

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Add soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, white vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and black pepper to a measuring cup or small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on the high setting for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees F when fully cooked.
  • Use a large slotted spoon to scoop out all of the pieces of chicken and place them in a serving dish. Use two forks to shred the meat and set aside.
  • Pour the remaining sauce from the slow cooker into a medium saucepan on medium-high heat.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and warm water. Pour the mixture into the saucepan.
  • Allow the sauce to come to a simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and pour the sauce over the shredded chicken. Toss to coat the chicken completely. Serve warm garnished with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Add Chicken Breasts for Thighs: Chicken breasts will work just as well for this recipe.
  • Sear the Chicken: To ensure the chicken thighs stay juicy and moist while cooking, you can sear the chicken using a skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side to lock the juices.
  • Serve With: Serve crock pot teriyaki chicken thighs with white rice and vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, eggplant, or snap peas.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asian chicken, chicken, chicken thighs, crock pot, crock pot chicken, teriyaki

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4 thoughts on “Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs”

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Really loved the seasonings, turned out so flavorful! Thank you for sharing this recipe, looking forward for more! This is really highly recommended!

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  2. 5 stars
    Tried this yesterday, it was a crowd favorite! Thank you for the clear instructions Christina, the chicken thighs turned out to be flavorful. This is a new addition to my go-to recipe. YUM!

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