This Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken is made with just FIVE ingredients and cooks on low all day in the slow cooker – it’s perfect for meal prep!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Olive oil – or another neutral cooking oil like canola or avocado oil.
- Chicken breasts – you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but you’ll want to cook on low for 6 hours instead of 8 hours.
- Low-sodium soy sauce – coconut aminos or tamari are the best substitutes here.
- Hoisin sauce – garlic teriyaki sauce would also work here.
- Garlic – freshly minced garlic is best but jarred minced garlic can be used in a pinch.
- Scallions – green onions would also work or you can leave this off altogether.
- Sesame seeds – black or white sesame seeds would both be good.
- Rice – serve your teriyaki chicken with a side of brown rice or quinoa instead.
- Broccoli – or another steamed vegetable of your choice.
How to make teriyaki chicken in a crock pot
- Add everything to the crock pot.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Make your side dishes.
- Serve and enjoy!
What to serve with teriyaki chicken
Wondering what goes well with this crock pot teriyaki chicken recipe? I like to keep things simple by serving it with a side of rice and steamed broccoli. Here are some more side dish ideas you can try:
- Sushi rice or brown rice
- Sliced carrots
- Roasted red peppers or other veggies
- Bok choy
Frequently Asked Questions
Teriyaki chicken sauce is traditionally made with soy sauce, sake or mirin and sugar or honey as a sweetener. Nowadays, there are many different variations in use but almost all teriyaki sauces include soy sauce and some kind of sugar (for sweetness). You can easily make your own teriyaki sauce at home with ingredients found in your pantry – for this crock pot teriyaki chicken recipe, I used soy sauce, hoisin sauce and garlic.
Yes, as long as you follow the general food safety rules shown below, it's perfectly safe to cook raw chicken in your slow cooker. It's so much faster than cooking your chicken ahead of time too, and makes this crockpot teriyaki chicken a great hands-off meal idea!
This crock pot chicken teriyaki is definitely on the healthier side, since it uses olive oil and low-sodium soy sauce without a lot of added sugar. The hoisin sauce does have quite a bit of sugar, so if you're looking to make the sauce even healthier, cut the amount of hoisin sauce in half and replace with more low-sodium soy sauce.
Storing and reheating
This crock pot teriyaki chicken is great for meal prep. You can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. I like to store individual serving sizes in meal prep bowls for easy reheating! When you’re ready to enjoy, sprinkle a bit of water over top so the rice and chicken don’t dry out, then microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
Can you freeze teriyaki chicken?
Yes, you can! You can freeze this crockpot teriyaki chicken recipe for up to 3 months in glass bowls or Ziploc bags, either fully cooked or raw and marinated in the teriyaki sauce.
When you're ready to reheat the cooked chicken, sprinkle a little bit of water over top then microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring halfway through. If you’ve frozen the chicken raw in the marinade, let it defrost in the fridge overnight then cook as normal.
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5-Ingredient Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 scallions, sliced (optional, for garnish)
- Sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)
Optional side dishes
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 bunch broccoli, steamed
- Add olive oil, chicken, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and garlic to Crock Pot in that order, then cook on low for 8 hours.
- Meanwhile, make side dishes if desired. To steam broccoli, I usually use a steamer or boil in water for 2 minutes on the stove before draining.
- To make rice: Add 1 cup dry white rice, 2 cups water and 1 tsp of butter to a rice cooker.
- When chicken is done cooking, shred or dice into bite-sized pieces then add overtop of rice and serve with broccoli. Enjoy!