{Recipe} Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Have you ever wanted to make something in your slow cooker but didn't want to wait 8 hours for it to cook? All of the flavors, the conveniences of the crock pot, but not the hours & hours of agonizing waiting? Yes, I do realize what I am saying. But sometimes I want the ease of the crock pot but the ability to throw it together after work & not have to eat at 2am.  WELL, if you've ever felt that way (& I know you have) this recipe is the perfect solution! Healthy, easy, modify-able...oh & REALLY freaking good!  Ya'll know my feelings about chicken, but this is a chicken dish I actually looked forward to eating the next night. Clearly, that is saying something!

Now the original recipe calls for 3 lbs of chicken.  My crockpot only fit about 2 lbs (4 breasts), so hopefully you've made chicken in your pot before & know how much chicken fits. If not, good luck to ya! Downside of this recipe? It did require a bit more work than just throwing everything in the pot & walking away, but it was worth the extra steps. They weren't nearly as hard as I thought they'd be!

Serves: 4
Cook time: 2 hours 45 mins
How difficult was this for Rachel? Not bad at all! I did rely on Joey's muscles to pour the sauce out of the crock pot. Beware of that.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
4 gloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
2 cups raw broccoli pieces
toasted sesame seeds for garnish (I skipped these)


Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.

Place chicken in the cooker & season with black pepper
(which apparently I chose not to photograph)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger & garlic.

Pour over chicken
Cook chicken on high for 2 hours & 15 mins, or low for 3-4 hours.
Remove chicken from liquid & shred (or dice).  Place back into the slow cooker.

Here comes the fun, pour the sauce from the crock pot into a medium sauce pan.
May I recommend doing this over the sink.
Heat until sauce is boiling.
Also, this is a terrible picture.
While the sauce is heating up, in a small bowl, combine water & cornstarch creating a slurry (a term Joey learned this evening)
When the sauce begins to boil, whisk in the slurry until the sauce thickens. 
It took us only about 7 mins.
Coat chicken completely with sauce.
Add in broccoli.  Continue cooking for 30 mins on low.
At this point, we made rice to eat with the chicken.
Remove from slow cooker & enjoy!

Adapted from: Here


  1. We tried this recipe out last week and it was fantastic! The sauce tastes just like one of my wife's favorite Chinese take-out dishes, so this is sure to become a new stand-by recipe. Next time around I am going to try increasing the amount of broccoli I put in and maybe even add in some water chestnuts.
    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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