Slowcooker Chicken Teriyaki

The problem with most slow cooker meals are that they lack flavour & texture. The way around this is to brown your meat first before placing it in the slowcooker, and when serving your dish, add something fresh on top. This chicken dish is easy to make with the help of store bought teriyaki sauce, and gives an intense taste you just can’t get without a long cooking time. As a bonus, these cuts of chicken are often the cheapest in the grocery store (I got 4 pieces for $5 CD !). 

Start by giving your chicken pieces a quick coat with cornstarch. I leave the skin on mine, you can take it off. I do however trim any fatty pieces off with kitchen shears.  Give them a sear in a pan on medium high heat with a few drizzles of olive oil. Now pop them into the slowcooker. 

While they sear, mix together your sauce ingredients. 

  • 3/4 cup of teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (if using an orange add the zest)
  • Some fresh garlic and ginger (I used about 3 cloves and 2-3 TB fresh ginger)
  • 2 TB of honey
  • The white parts (chopped) of green onions (save the green parts)

Pour the sauce over top and set your slowcooker. Mine cooked this perfect on low for 5 hours, I would recommend 4-6 on low or around 3 on high (I have 3 different sizes of slowcookers and they all have different cooking times). 

When done, turn your cooker off, and make some rice. I made jasmine rice and stirred in the green onions, salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Or try sesame oil for another nice flavour combination. 

While the rice is cooking and the chicken is resting, chop up some fresh veggies for the top. We like carrots, cucumber and red pepper (I only had yellow when I made this). Matchsticks look pretty, I was in a rush so there’s not quite a term for what I made. Give the veggies a toss with either lime juice or rice vinegar for a nice contrast. 

If you have cilantro on hand, sprinkle some of this over your dish as well. 

Serve your chicken with sauce (and extra sauce on the side). The crunch of the veggies, the tang of the lime/rice vinegar is just perfection. Make this for dinner and enjoy!


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