Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Tender chicken in a glossy sauce packed with flavour. This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is not only delicious, it is also a really quick dish even in the slow cooker! When I asked my followers on Facebook what recipes they wanted to see, slow cooker recipes came out on top. I am always up for developing new slow cooker recipes because I love how easy they are to prepare and then leave to do their own thing. 

When looking at the slow cooker recipes already on my blog, I realised they were either British or Mexican inspired recipes. So my inspiration was to broaden this and go Asian.  

Teriyaki Chicken is something I have always liked but never actually made myself. Well I have made it using a jar of sauce in the past, but I’m pretty sure we can’t count that! I assumed that it would be easier to buy a jar rather than make the sauce myself, but I was wrong. 

I used a recipe by Woks of Life as a base for my Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken to get the ratios of my sauce right. I tweaked it by adding the honey and adapted it for a slow cooker. Even though this is a slow cooker dish, it can actually be a quick slow cooker dish – yes they do exist! This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken can be cooked in just over two hours. I love slow cooking, but sometimes you don’t have five plus hours to wait for a dish to come together. 

Teriyaki Chicken is something I think a lot of people will have eaten before so is a familiar dish. I recently found out that teri means ‘gloss’ and yaki means ‘to grill or sear’. So it was important to me to make sure my sauce was thick and glossy. I prefer to use chicken thighs, especially when slow cooking because I think it stays moist better than breast. 

Mr Curly gave this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken a big thumbs up so I can see this becoming a regular recipe in our house. 

5 from 8 votes

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Tender chicken in a glossy sauce packed with flavour. This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is not only delicious, it is also a really quick dish even in the slow cooker!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Slow Cooker, Chicken, Crock pot, Teriyaki
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 710 kcal
Author Curly


  • 1 kg chicken thighs bones and skin removed
  • 3Β½ tbsp Mirin
  • 3Β½ tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1Β½ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1Β½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • spray oil

To Finish

  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with water
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken thighs and cut into large chunks.

  2. Brown the chicken thighs in the slow cooker dish on the hob with some spray oil (if you slow cooker allows). If not, do this is in a frying pan.

  3. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a jug. 

  4. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and pour the sauce. Stir to coat the chicken in the sauce. Leave to cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low. Stir the chicken once or twice throughout the cooking time. 

  5. Ten minutes before serving, mix the remaining cornflour with water and stir through. 

  6. Serve with boiled rice sprinkled with sliced spring onions and sesame seeds. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 710 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 245mg82%
Sodium 1189mg52%
Potassium 572mg16%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

  1. Corina Blum

    I haven’t even got my slow cooker out yet this autumn but this sounds so good and that sauce looks so rich thick and tasty! I’m sure it’s a recipe we’d all love too. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

    1. Curly Post author

      Oh no get it out! I still used mine all throughout summer as it was cooler than standing over the hob or oven. Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    I love the idea of using the crockpot to make teriyaki chicken and that it’s still relatively fast. Your results look like restaurant-quality teriyaki chicken: I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for bringing your slow-cooker teriyaki chicken to #CookBlogShare! πŸ™‚

  3. Nickki

    I didn’t know the meaning behind the name – that’s interesting! This looks absolutely delicious and I can imagine how tender the meat must be due to being slow cooked. Delicious! Pinned to try in the very near future

  4. Esha

    I never thought of making teriyaki chicken in a slow cooker. What a fab idea. Love using slow cooker, especially this time around. Will give it a try.

    1. Curly Post author

      I’d use my slow cooker for everything if I could! I love leaving things to cook while I get on with other things…like baking haha.


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