Teriyaki Chicken in Slow Cooker

Great Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock Pot Recipe via ChickenRecipeBox.com

This teriyaki chicken recipe is wonderfully tender because it’s cooked in the slow cooker or crock pot for about four hours on high heat. The flavor comes from a homemade teriyaki sauce recipe that’s made directly in the slow cooker and simmered with the chicken until all the flavors are well combined. There’s nothing better than a hearty chicken teriyaki bowl for dinner or lunch.

Made with soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic, fresh ginger and crushed pineapple, the flavor for this teriyaki sauce recipe is bright, savory and satisfying. You can adjust the taste by adding  additional tablespoons of the soy sauce, brown sugar, or rice vinegar for more depth of your favorite flavors. Make a meal out of the chicken by adding it to rice, pasta or by shredding the chicken into sliders! It’s a super easy Asian recipe and the slow cooker does all work in this fantastic chicken teriyaki recipe.

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Great Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock Pot Recipe via ChickenRecipeBox.com

Great Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock Pot Recipe via ChickenRecipeBox.com

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Yield: Serves 4-6

Total Time: 5 hours

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  • 2 pounds boneless Chicken (chicken breast or chicken thighs)
  • 1- 8oz. can crushed Pineapple in natural juice (if using heavy syrup pineapple will make sauce thicker, sweeter)
  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 large cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1" knob of fresh Ginger, peeled and fine minced (about 1 heaping Tablespoon)
  • To thicken sauce (optional): 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch & 2 Tablespoons cold Water


  1. In 4 qt. slow cooker bowl, combine crushed pineapple, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Stir well to make sure all ingredients are mixed.
  2. Add chicken. Cook until chicken is tender (High - 4-5 hours : Low - 6-8 hours).
  3. Stir about 2-3 times during cooking and push chicken down so it's immersed in the sauce.
  4. Optional: to thicken the sauce (do this about 30 minutes on low, or 5 minutes on high before chicken is finished cooking). Make the corn starch slurry: mix cornstarch and cold water in small bowl. Stir the mixture so that all the cornstarch is completely dissolved, leaving no lumps.
  5. Quickly stir in the cornstarch slurry into the crock pot teriyaki mixture and combine well so that the cornstarch doesn't thicken and become lumpy.
  6. Serve over rice or pasta.
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11 comments… add one

  • Jaclyn February 16, 2013, 12:26 am

    You’re photos are amazing! I love your blog, just came by from Tastespotting. I have a random question, do you mind me asking where you found the blue and white bowl? It looks like the perfect dinnerware prop =). You got the perfect picture with it.

    • Peanut February 17, 2013, 12:15 pm

      Hi Jaclyn- We found the blue bowl at a discount store called TJ Max/Home Goods. We also saw some similar style plats at Z Gallerie. Good luck!

  • Gayowin February 17, 2013, 3:04 pm

    I really want to make this recipe it looks delicious. I have a question though. Do you know if not adding the pineapple will do anything to ruin the recipe? I cannot stand pineapple but almost every teriyaki recipe I’ve found calls for it.

    • Peanut February 20, 2013, 11:07 pm

      Hi Gayowin-We have not tried it without pineapple yet and are not sure how the recipe would work without it. But we’ll work on a recipe without pineapple.

  • michele April 2, 2013, 8:54 am

    Isn’t 8oz of pineapple not a lot? The cans of crushed pineapple at my store come in 20oz size. I never seen such a small crushed pineapple

    • Peanut April 2, 2013, 7:33 pm

      Michele- we used the 8 oz can, which is readily found in our grocery stores. http://amzn.com/B0025U8LRM But if you don’t have them available, then you can buy the 20 oz can and use a little more than 1/3 of it and save the rest for another future batch of teriyaki chicken. :)

  • Trish April 2, 2013, 5:33 pm

    I made this today without pineapple – because I forgot to buy it! I just added a third cup of water to make up for the missing pineapple liquid, and it was still so good! This recipe will be used over and over again; so easy and so good. Thank you!

  • Dixie January 8, 2014, 2:30 am

    can I use chicken drumsticks instead?

    • Best Recipe Box January 8, 2014, 9:31 pm

      Dixie- Yes, you can use chicken drumsticks. Actually it’ll probably be more flavorful because it’s on the bone and it’s brown meat. Enjoy!

  • Dixie January 12, 2014, 11:28 pm

    I tried this recipe and the chicken noodle soup recipe out! They both came out amazing! I definitely will be coming back to this website for more recipes!! Keep up the good work on keeping my kitchen busy and my family’s bellies full !

  • Dixie February 1, 2014, 11:29 am

    can we substitute pineapple for oranges or something else and still yield the same effects on the chicken ?


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