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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Last week when my sister-in-law Jessica was here to help, she cooked dinner for us every night. We kept telling her she was working too hard, but she just ignored us and kept slaving away. One night she even made homemade onion strings (recipe from The Pioneer Woman) that were TO DIE FOR. Sadly, when I went to photograph them, I discovered that my 50 mm f/1.4 lens was broken. (Side note: this was a horrifying discovery. Amazingly, when I took it to the camera store, I was within ONE DAY of the manufacturer’s warranty. It was a Halloween miracle!) Back to food…even though there’s no photo, you can be sure that Jessica’s onion strings were amazing and beautiful. And beyond tasty.

Another night Jess made teriyaki chicken for us in the crock pot. She got the recipe from her friend Carol who has seven kids and does an amazing job of making food that kids will eat and like, as well as adults. This teriyaki chicken was no exception! We loved it! And it was super easy to throw together, so I’m definitely adding this to the repertoire.

Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
  • Chicken (Jess used 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • (Jess used three chicken breasts and doubled the sauce recipe above)
  1. Place chicken in crock pot. Mix all other ingredients together then pour over top of chicken. Cook on low eight hours. (Jane note: I think Jess cooked it for about half that time at high since we started cooking later in the day.) Once chicken is cooked, shred with two forks and mix with sauce. Sauce will seem too thin, but once the chicken is shredded and mixed in it will be perfect.
  2. Serve over rice.
Carol’s notes: I usually double the sauce and just put in some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. My kids only want this recipe for Teriyaki Chicken now. I also substitute – rice vinegar and some of our canned white grape juice and don’t add the oil.


Carol has a blog where she catalogs her recipes for her own use. Jess had only super nice things to say about both Carol and her food, so I’m sure it would be worth browsing around her recipes for ideas! (Hopefully Carol doesn’t mind me linking to her!)



  1. 1

    Thank you! I need more easy crock pot recipes and I was just thinking about making teriyaki!

  2. 2 Questions:
    #1: In Carol’s notes she says “I also substitute – rice vinegar and some of our canned white grape juice”, but does she mean INSTEAD of the Red Wine Vinegar she puts in Rice Vinegar and white grape juice combined as the substitute?

    #2: She said she doesn’t put the oil, but what roll does the oil play in the dish? Is it important? Would it be any different if I didn’t add the oil (even though you’re supposed to)?

    Thanks so much! 🙂

  3. 3

    Hi! I’m Carol. It has been so fun for me to see this recipe posted here. I just wanted to answer question #1 from Amy since it isn’t very clear in my notes. I put in the rice vinegar and my home canned white grape juice INSTEAD of the Red Wine Vinegar. I just do about 3/4 Tablespoon of each. I usually don’t have Red Wine Vinegar around so I just use what I have instead. Since I’m not an expert cook, I’ll leave question #2 to someone that knows. I just don’t put the oil in because I’m trying to minimize my fat intake. Enjoy!

  4. 4

    Do you think there is enough liquid to also cook some veggies in the sauce or would you double (or triple) the sauce to add veggies?

    • Jane Maynard

      I just emailed jess to find out what proportions she cooked, then I will be better able to answer the question…so stay tuned and I’ll let you know! 🙂 the liquid would definitely be yummy on veggies, so this is worth digging to get an answer for!

    • Jane Maynard

      jess answered your question below (#5)…but when she made it she doubled the sauce with 3 large chicken breasts…and there was enough sauce for the chicken, so you would definitely want to do more sauce at those ratios. hope our answers are helpful!

  5. 5
    Jessica Hansen

    Yum – the vegetables are a fab idea. I would say triple the sauce if adding vegetables. I like the chicken to have sauce swishing and flowing around in the bottom of the serving dish if possible for people to spoon on as much as they want esp. on their rice. Carol? What do you think?

    • Carol

      I used to serve this with vegetables in it also. I would just stir-fry the vegetables and then throw them into the Teriyaki chicken when it was ready to serve. I try to get vegetables in as often as possible. Unfortunately, my children would complain and pick out all the vegetables anyway. So now when I do vegetables with it, I just serve them on the side for those that want them. Some battles I just can’t win. If I were going to add the vegetables in with the chicken, I would triple the sauce. I think that’s what I did in “the vegetable Teriyaki chicken days.” Good luck!

  6. 6

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I made a side dish of stir fry veggies with it and mini egg rolls (from Costco). What a great recipe! Thanks!

  7. 7

    just one question, i know this is a crockpot recipe. is there a way to do this without one?

    • Jane Maynard

      the texture of the chicken may be different, but I’m certain you could bake the chicken in the sauce and have it turn out great, just shred the chicken once it’s cooked through. cook at 350 until chicken is done (maybe about 20 minutes or so?)

      also, you could maybe cook cut up chicken pieces in a skillet with a bit of oil over medium heat, then pour the sauce over the chicken and simmer it for 10 minutes or so. if you do this, I would definitely add a bit of cornstarch to the sauce to thicken it up since you won’t have shredded chicken in the end product.

      hope that’s helpful!

  8. YUM! This looks geat and I cannot wait to try it.

  9. Looks delish! I like to make crockpot meals on sundays so I can relax and hang with the kiddos so we will defintely be trying this.

  10. i think my husband would love this so much!

  11. 11

    I made this for dinner last night and it was great! I didn’t double the sauce and there was still plenty of sauce for three chicken breasts. One question though – one of my kids wondered if it could be thickened up a bit. Have you ever added any thickening agent? Did it mess with the taste?

    • Jane Maynard

      hi kristina! yes, you could easily thicken it up. whisk together some corn starch and cold water. when you have the chicken removed from the crock pot to shred and the sauce is still in the crock post, whisk in the cornstarch slurry a bit at a time. I would keep the crock pot on so it’s warm – or you may even want to pour the sauce into a saucepan and have it simmering when you add the cornstarch mixture. this should thicken it up without changing the flavor! I wouldn’t go too crazy adding a lot, you don’t want it to turn into a thick gravy, but it definitely would be delicious thickened up a bit. just add enough until it seems right!

  12. 12
    Kim McKenzie

    I made this, but my crock pot over cooked it – even on low. Great recipe, will try again, but will cook it for a shorter time.

    • Jane Maynard

      good to know! I know when jess cooked it was much shorter and on high…I haven’t tried it on low, so thanks for the feedback!

  13. 13

    Here goes week #2:
    Saturday: Salmon
    Sunday: homemade pizza
    Monday: Chicken Piccata
    Tuesday: Burritos
    Wednesday: breaded chicken
    Thursday: out with friends
    Friday: breakfast for dinner

    Thanks for the motivation to be more organized!!

  14. 14

    Made this tonight for dinner, and my husband raved about it being the best chicken teriyaki he’s ever tasted! I cooked it on low for 8 hours. Shredded the chicken at 6 hours to let the juices soak the chicken completely. So delicious, and will definitely make again.

  15. 15

    Did you use frozen or refrigerated chicken breast when cooking on low for 8 hours?

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m not sure what ashley did (comment 14), but when we cooked it the chicken was not frozen…hope that’s helpful 🙂

  16. 16

    Is this 3 breast halves? Or 3 whole chicken breasts?

    • Jane Maynard

      we used breast halves, like how they are packaged in the store. thanks for clarifying, denise! 🙂

  17. 17

    I made this chicken this week. It was sooooo good. I think I have a really hot crockpot, so I only cooked my chicken (thawed out) on low for 4 hours. It turned out great, and my family loved it. I will definitely be making this again.

  18. 18

    I am so glad to have found your website. This was one of the best dinners I have made in a long time. Thanks!

  19. 19

    I made this for dinner tonight…YUMMY!! My husband and I loved it. I only had chicken tenderloins (2 packs). I doubled the sauce like you suggest, and cooked on high for 2 hours, then low for about an hour, shredded it and put it on warm for the last 30 minutes. It was perfect! Served over rice and some sauteed onions and zucchini. I love your website! Thank you for all the great recipes and I love the pictures too:)

    • Jane Maynard

      so glad it came out so well, and thank you for the very nice words about my site – I appreciate it so much! 🙂

  20. 20

    Sounds like a perfect easy crock pot recipe. I’m wondering if this will work with skinless bone in full sized drumsticks

    • Jane Maynard

      I don’t see why it would not work with the drumsticks! if you try it, let me know how it goes, but I”m sure it would be great!

  21. 21

    Made this recipe for the first time and gluten free and it was delicious!! Def. will be making it again, this recipe is also a great one to freeze and heat (if there are ever any left overs). We served it over rice, I would like to cook more sauce next time and thicken it.

  22. 22
    beth heiks

    Was very good I add some pineapple chuncks and stri fry veggies to it!!!! Thank you!!!

  23. 23
    Katie Harvey

    It may be because I’m sort of new to cooking but when you say “oil” do you mean Vegetable oil, or Olive oil? Sorry for the confusion.


    • Jane Maynard

      good question! in this case a neutral oil like canola or vegetable would be perfect! sorry I didn’t respond sooner! 🙂

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