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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is an easy recipe that's hearty, flavorful, and delicious. Tender chicken is coated in a sweet and tangy sauce, and your slow cooker does all of the work. Perfect for a simple comfort dish!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken recipe, slow cooker recipe, teriyaki
Servings: 6
Calories: 253kcal



  • 4-5 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs OR chicken breasts
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger **see note below**
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Place chicken (skin side up if using thighs) in the bottom of your slow cooker and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Pour over chicken, cover, and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker and set aside. To thicken sauce, add cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour sauce through a strainer into a medium pot. Stir cornstarch mixture into sauce and cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and serve alongside rice, if desired.


  • If you don't have fresh ginger on-hand, ginger paste works just as well. You can find this near the fresh herbs in your local grocery store.
  • Chicken will last in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • See my tips and tricks for making this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken above the recipe box.
  • Recipe adapted from this Easy Teriyaki Chicken.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg