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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe is easy and delicious for the perfect weeknight dinner idea. The sauce is flavor packed and amazing served over rice.

Teriyaki Chicken in the slow cooker topped with sesame seeds and green onions
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We are so excited to share with you this easy crockpot recipe. It is seriously the best chicken and so easy in the slow cooker. Your family will love having a meal like this in the middle of the week.

This easy Asian recipe will blow your mind with the flavor packed in it but you will also be surprised how easy it is to throw together. Homemade Teriyaki Sauce makes these recipe so delicious – Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, Teriyaki Vegetables or Ground Beef Teriyaki.

Why This Recipe Works

We love this crockpot teriyaki chicken because of the amazing flavor and how easy it is to make. This shredded chicken can be used in many different ways which makes leftovers taste amazing.

The best part is you can freeze it too. Make extra to freeze because everyone will love it.


Chicken Teriyaki Ingredients - chicken, onion, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, pepper, sesame seeds, green onion
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • White Onion
  • Brown Sugar
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ground Ginger (See The Best Ginger Substitutes)
  • Pepper
  • Sesame Seeds – option but we love to top each serving with a few.
  • Green Onion – another optional ingredient but adds a nice pop of color on top of each serving.

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Variations Ideas

  • Soy Sauce – You can easily make the Teriyaki sauce by substituting the soy sauce for coconut aminos.
  • Teriyaki Sauce – Feel free to use store bought teriyaki sauce instead of making homemade.
  • Additions – Making homemade teriyaki sauce allows you to change the ingredients. You can add in spices or other sauces. Add in mirin, sake, or sriracha.
  • Chicken – You can use this recipe to cook chicken thighs or chicken tenders.

Step by Step Instructions

Place chicken in the slow cooker topped with chopped onions

Step 1 – Add the chicken to the slow cooker and put the chopped onion on top.

Combining the sauce ingredients in a bowl

Step 2 – Get a mixing bowl and combine the brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, ginger and pepper. Make sure everything is well combined.

Pouring the sauce over the chicken and onions in the slow cooker

Step 3 – Pour this delicious mixture all over the chicken. This is going to make your house smell amazing as it simmers all day.

Cooked chicken in the slow cooker

Step 4 – Step 4 – Finally, let cook on low for about 6 hours or cook for 3 hours on high. Then take the chicken out.

Shredded chicken on a cutting board

Step 5 – After the chicken is cook, shred the chicken.

Shredded chicken in the slow cooker

Step 6 – After shredding chicken and put back in the slow cooker and mix together with the sauce.

Recipe Tips

  • Slow Cooker Recommendation – First, get your crock pot out. I love to use my programmable crockpot when I’m going to be gone all day. Oh and to save time with cleanup, use Crockpot liners. 
  • Freezing Onions – We save a bunch of time by using a food processor to chop the onions. I actually keep diced onion in the freezer and it is one of my favorite meal prep tips.
  • Combining Sauce Ingredients – We recommend combining the teriyaki sauce in a small bowl before pouring over the chicken.
  • Shredding Chicken – You can use two forks to shred the chicken but you can also learn how to shred chicken with a mixer.
Teriyaki Chicken on white rice

Serving Suggestions

We normally just serve it with rice and call it a day. It is simple, easy and all the kids love it. I’m usually busy so it helps me to make crockpot rice or brown rice. If you are looking for a low carb gluten-free side dish, make cauliflower rice.

If I’m in the mood for something green, I will add steamed broccoli that I fix in the microwave. It only takes a few minutes and it is so easy. You may even like to serve Fried Wonton Recipe for a quick appetizer.

Teriyaki Chicken on white rice

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Freeze this Teriyaki Chicken?

Yes, you could create a crockpot bag. Basically you toss everything in a freezer bag (uncooked) and freeze.
Then when you are ready to cook, you would simply place the frozen ingredients in your crockpot in the morning and cook like normal. This is a VERY easy form of freezer cooking that can make your life a TON easier!
Oh make sure you have some of these handy Freezer bag holders . They are optional but you will love having an extra set of hands in the kitchen.

Is it OK to put raw chicken in crock pot?

Yes, you certainly can. Just toss and go. The chicken will be slow cooked to perfection and very tender.
The chicken is so easy to shred once cooked. This is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken and so easy on busy mornings. Just toss and go.

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This chicken taste even better the next day. Enjoy your leftovers within about 4 days.

More Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes

Make sure to let us know if you make this slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe by leaving a comment. We love hearing from you.

Teriyaki Chicken on white rice

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki

4.90 from 29 votes
This is an easy Crock pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that your family will love. Crock pot chicken teriyaki is a quick and easy crock pot recipe.
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 201


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  • Place chicken in a 6 quart crock pot and top with the chopped onions.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, ground ginger and pepper.
  • Pour this mixture on top of the chicken and onions in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken, shred and then stir the chicken back into the sauce.
  • Serve over rice topped with the sesame seeds and green onions.

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Recipe Notes

This recipe will blow your mind with all the flavor it has packed in it!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 201kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 18g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 48mg, Sodium 801mg, Potassium 375mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 21g, Vitamin A 62IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 49mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    I love the idea of adding the veggies.

  2. Jane Chumney says:

    I made this recipe and cooked the rice in a rice cooker and added a small bag of frozen stir fry vegetables to steam on top of rice.
    Great recipe!!!

  3. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m going to have to try it with couscous. Love that idea.

  4. Working MOm says:

    5 stars
    We had this tonight.. It came out very good and cooked quickly in a small crock pot. We had it with parmesan couscous and it smelled and tasted great. Will make it again.

  5. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    This is the best crockpot chicken teriyaki I’ve ever had!
    P.S. Special thanks to Carrie for recommending the Instant Pot Aura. It is the best kitchen appliance I have ever owned!!!

  6. Kathryn Canty says:

    5 stars
    I have tried probably 10 different crockpot chicken teriyaki recipes, and this is the best one! SO GOOD!