It’s MONDAY and I’m here to deliver the EASIEST slow cooker meal for your family–Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki! Do you know what I really love? I love not having to nag my kids to eat when we’re sitting down for dinner. Both of my kids are generally good eaters (they eat everything you see on my site, except for the sweets), but there are definitely meals they love more than others. I served this Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki with some steamed broccoli and edamame and they devoured every last bite. It’s so flavorful but just mild enough for kids. The easy homemade teriyaki sauce in this dish takes just minutes to mix together, then you simply pour it over some chicken thighs in your crock pot and forget about it for a few hours, until dinner. Oh how I love easy slow cooker meals like this!
- 2 pounds skinless chicken thighs
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 clove garlic minced
- ¼ cup onion chopped
- 1/2 - 1 tsp crushed red pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup cornstarch + 2 Tbsp water mixed together to make a cornstarch slurry
- Hot cooked white or brown rice for serving
- Optional garnish: green onions sesame seeds
Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and place the chicken thighs in the bottom. In a small bowl whisk together the the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, honey, ginger, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper. Pour sauce over chicken.
Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked and shreds easily. Remove chicken to a plate and shred with forks. (discard any bones if you using bone-in thighs).
Pour the sauce into a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Slowly whisk the cornstarch "slurry" into the sauce. Bring to a low boil, stirring often, until the sauce begins to thicken.
Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top, tossing to coat. Serve over white or brown rice rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
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