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This easy recipe for chicken teriyaki comes together with very little hands on time – while you let the slow cooker do all the work!

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki - This easy recipe for chicken teriyaki comes together with very little hands on time - while you let the slow cooker do all the work!

When I first found out that I was pregnant with Camden, I quickly did the math in my head. And just about died when I realized that when he was born, I would have 3 kids, 3 and under. We knew that we wanted to have our kids closer together since we aren’t spring chickens, but this was a little closer than I had imagined!!

But he came, and I am so grateful for him. But I’ll admit – life is definitely different now. I can have an idea in my head in the morning of how I want the day to go – what the schedule is going to be – but my life is ruled by the schedules of my 3 young children. And try as I might, when I lay down in bed at night, the day never went quite as planned.

One thing I have quickly learned is that 5 o’clock is the crazy hour. The time when all 3 of my children are wanting attention. And when I’m trying to get the house cleaned up and dinner on the table. And honestly, if it’s not something super simple, or if I didn’t cook earlier in the day, dinner often ends up being leftovers, sandwiches or quesadillas. Or even the occasional can of soup. Because I can make that with one hand while holding a baby (or a toddler) in one arm.

So needless to say, the slow cooker has really been my friend lately. I can put everything together earlier in the day and when the crazy hour strikes, dinner is only a few easy steps away.

This chicken teriyaki recipe came about as I was trying to use up some teriyaki glaze that I had in the fridge leftover from the Teriyaki Chicken Pizza that I made not too long ago. (Or you can make your own teriyaki glaze – it’s super easy!!) This is the best kind of slow cooker recipe, too, since it’s basically a mix and dump kind of recipe. So if you are looking for easy, look no further!!

We served this Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki over rice, and it was the perfect meal for us. Especially because I didn’t have to worry about the crazy hour in the kitchen. Chicken Teriyaki for the win!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
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This easy recipe for teriyaki chicken comes together with very little hands on time - while you let the slow cooker do all the work!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ cup teriyaki glaze (not teriyaki sauce)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 2 cloves grated or minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • prepared rice, for serving
  1. Spray a 3½-4 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Put the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ginger, teriyaki glaze, orange marmalade and garlic. Mix well and pour over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate and shred or cut into bite-sized pieces. Pour the liquid into a saucepan. Return the chicken to the slow cooker.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Add to the pan with the liquid. Cook over medium-high heat until the liquid has thickened, then pour back into the slow cooker and stir to coat the chicken. Stir in the sesame seeds.
  6. Serve over prepared rice.
*Note - different slow cookers cook at different temperatures. Start checking your chicken earlier for doneness if yours cooks faster.*


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100 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

  1. Rosa says:

    Scrumptious! That is a great machine.



  2. abby says:

    my favorite rice dish is definitely vegetable fried rice.

  3. What a wonderful slow cooker recipe! I can only imagine how useful it is to you with three kids around!

  4. Anj says:

    I love rice with anything, savory or sweet . My favorite go to rice recipe is just with butter, onions and chicken broth. Easy side dish.

  5. Kim P. says:

    I love chicken and rice. Yum!

  6. Heather Spooner says:

    I love fried rice from my local Chinese restaurant.

  7. danielle says:

    I could live off of rice and beans.

  8. Elizabeth N. says:

    I love stir fry on a bed of steaming rice.

  9. Kellie says:

    Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice

  10. Yep, 5 o’clock seems to be the magic hour in my house as well. I always have extra rice in the freezer so I can pull it out and throw it together with something else in a quick minute. My favorite dish is chicken and rice casserole.

  11. patsy says:

    Using my slow cooker has been a lifesaver the last few weeks! I’m going to keep this recipe in mind as another option for an easy meal to throw together in my slow cooker!

    I know what you mean about cooking rice… sometimes I get it just right others… it’s kind of disappointing to say the least!

  12. Dianne Shaw says:

    I love brown rice with any Asian inspired meal, especially chicken.

  13. barbara n says:

    I love fried rice

  14. Stacy Knight says:

    Favorite dish with rice is orange chicken with rice!

  15. terry g says:

    curry chicken!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Karen says:

    Love rice – I almost always make a double batch, because the leftovers are so versatile. Leftovers can be put into soups, casseroles, or stir fry dishes. Thanks for the recipe! Going to try it soon! 🙂

  17. Susana I. says:

    Japanese style curry 🙂

  18. Shelly says:

    Chicken fried rice!

  19. Barbara says:

    I use rice in my dinner recipes at least 3 times a week. We especially love it in Mexican dishes. My rice cooker recently conked out so having this would be wonderful. I usually cook extra and freeze for future meals.

  20. Whitney says:

    I have the same problem with our rice cooker… it is VERY hard to make decent (read edible) rice for just our family. I would love to have a chance to use the Panasonic rice cooker, sounds perfect for our needs.

  21. Sandra says:

    We love fried rice, but most nights it’s regular Jasmine rice as a side!

  22. Favorite Rice Dish? Rice! Really just a bowl of good ‘ol plain rice with a pat of butter and pepper, makes me happy. I really hope I win this, I too am a deplorable rice cooker. I can make anything, but I can’t seem to consistently make a good pot of rice.

  23. Jessica says:

    I love Green Curry Chicken over brown rice!

  24. Shanna says:

    I love rice with anything, but my favorite would have to be sesame chicken!

  25. Vickie says:

    Red Beans & Rice

  26. lisa says:

    I have a rice cooker, but don’t like to use it as it burns the rice, so I only get a little bit of edible rice – I’d love a new (non-burning) rice cooker!

  27. Julie says:

    Definitely risotto!!

  28. Karly says:

    I make a version of this chicken and it is so good and so easy! Love it!

  29. A favorite around here is orange chicken over rice.

  30. I love chicken teriyaki, this looks great!

  31. Christy says:

    My favorite dish is my mom’s chicken adobo (classic Filipino dish).

  32. kristy says:

    Our whole family loves chicken teriyaki! And I LOVE to get to use my slow cooker. 🙂

  33. Margene says:

    I love rice and black bean burrito’s.

  34. Zoe says:

    I love chicken teriyaki on white rice, and I love sushi. 🙂

  35. April says:

    I like rice pudding. This looks like a nice machine.

  36. Joanne says:

    I can’t even imagine having three kids that little and am in constant awe of you! This slow cooker recipe sounds wonderful!

  37. Natalie S says:

    I love fried rice!

  38. Linda K. says:

    Shrimp fried rice!

  39. Corisa says:

    I love a great Hibachi dinner!

  40. Rachel K says:

    I love teriyaki and we eat a ton of rice!

  41. Jingle says:

    I love tofu stir fry!

  42. Christina M says:

    I love cheese rice!

  43. Liz N. says:

    That’s easy! My husband’s Bacon Fried Rice! It’s divine!

  44. Jenny says:

    I love shrimp creole over rice.

  45. Brenda says:

    Rice cooker would be great! I never cook rice correctly

  46. Michele says:

    I make a basque rice dish that my kids would to take to school on their birthdays instead of cupcakes. It was always a hit with the other students.

  47. carrian says:

    What a cool rice cooker, and why the heck don’t I make teriyaki chicken in a slow cooker? Gosh!!

  48. Oh my gosh can I relate–though I have one less kid ;). I call it the witching hour. Always nice to have EASY dinners like this. Yay!

  49. tiffany says:

    My favorite rice dish is jambalaya. Love me some Cajun food!

  50. Andrea D. says:

    I love Mexican Rice. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  51. amy says:

    My rice is always either over or undercooked, or soggy! A rice cooker sounds like a great idea!

  52. Trina A says:

    I love green chilli Rice. My families favorite!

  53. You are so amazing – I really don’t know you do it all, with the blogging and having a big family of your own. You’re a rock star!

    And yes, the slow cooker is the most amazing thing ever! Thanks for the giveaway too – I am in desperate need of a rice cooker. My favorite dish with rice is my usual go-to pancetta fried rice.

  54. That chicken looks scrumptious. I use my slow cooker all the time. It’s a lifesaver on busy nights. I could eat a big bowl of rice as is with butter and salt!

  55. I like any rice dish that cooks the rice with everything else since I am terrible at making rice. Jambalaya and oven-baked risotto are my faves! I totally agree about 5:00 being the witching hour with 3 young kids.

  56. My MIL’s albondigas or the Thai Inspired Pork from Cooking Light which is also one of my favorite easy crock pot meals.

  57. Kelly D says:

    I like shrimp & fried rice.

  58. Venetrise says:

    I’m kind of simple when it comes to rice. I love roasted chicken and butter rice. Love it!

  59. Sascha says:

    a rice cooker would really help my kitchen!

  60. Kim Bee says:

    Not entering as I’m a Canuck but just wanted to say how much I love this recipe. Stuff like this is perfect for a weekday. It’s simple yet delicious. Gorgeous photo too. You pics always have perfect lighting. I’m sort of jealous.

  61. Red beans and rice, for sure!

  62. Emily says:

    My favorite dish featuring rice would have to be chicken divan. I can’t resist the creamy sauce and chicken!

  63. Tonia D says:

    Oh, My fav dish with rice is Chicken Fried Rice…..I love the stuff, could eat it every day!!!

  64. Heidi says:

    This may sound simple but my favorite rice dish is just plain white steamed rice with a little teriyaki sauce on it. – Yum!

    Thank you for the giveaway and your chicken looks delish!

  65. Susan Christy says:

    Chicken Divan

  66. Robin says:

    I made a recipe or Cafe Rio rice and loved it.

  67. Shelly T. says:

    I love broccolli rice and cheese casserole.

  68. Ingrid says:

    I love red beans and rice – yum!

  69. I just told my boyfriend about this recipe. He is obsessed with using his slow-cooker lately!

  70. Debbie Bray says:

    vegetable fried rice

  71. My mother in law makes ham fried rice and I just love it!

  72. Shauna says:

    My favorite rice dish is white rice with homemade pinnapple sweet and sour sauce.

  73. Jordan says:

    Chicken and rice!

  74. I have no kids and sometimes have a hard time having dinner on the table at a decent hour. I really love this Deborah!

  75. Margaret says:

    Chicken fried rice is my comfort food. That porridge feature is AMAZING, by the way!

  76. Jennifer Grimm says:

    I love shrimp fried rice!

  77. Krista says:

    Vegetable fried rice!

  78. Debbi R says:

    My favorite rice dish is either Fried Rice or rice pudding

  79. Tasha says:

    I loved a big bowl of brown rice, chickpeas and broccoli topped with a nutrition yeast-curry sauce. I have a third child on the way, and I sometimes fear how it will be getting dinner on the table since it can be chaotic enough sometimes with two of them!

  80. Ttrockwood says:

    Rice pudding and vegetable fried rice are favorites

  81. Dezi A says:

    This is pretty simple and old-fashioned but I love Hawaiian Haystacks – maybe cause it’s something ALL my boys love.

  82. Janell says:

    Haystacks 🙂

  83. Donna says:

    You have inspired me to dust off my slow cooker!

  84. I love my slow cooker but don’t use it nearly often enough. I think I will dust it off and make this recipe! yum

  85. Kimberly Pearlman says:

    I’m a sucker for stir fry over a bed of rice. This would be an AWESOME prize to win. I’m just like you either over-cooking or under-cooking my rice on the stove constantly!!

  86. Elena says:

    chicken and rice stir fry

  87. Kelli says:

    I love edamame fried rice!

  88. Kim says:

    My favorite dish is any curry.

  89. Jenn says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to trying it!

  90. Gianna says:

    Baked pork marsala and cheese served over rice.

  91. Jennifer says:

    Steamed white or basimati rice with anything!!!

  92. Alison says:

    My favorite dish featuring rice would have to be paella or fried rice! Yum!

  93. Zoopa M says:

    I love making jambalaya

  94. Amanda Thompson says:


  95. Julie says:

    chicken stirfry rice

  96. 3 under 3 is no small task, I envy you for getting dinner on the table every day! This looks like a great time saver and one everyone can love!

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