I’m kind of obsessed with teriyaki…teriyaki chicken…teriyaki salmon…teriyaki tofu…I love it all.
I make it with some frequency so it’s a bit shocking that it hasn’t turned up on the blog, yet. But, it wasn’t until this week that I thought to try cooking it in my slow-cooker! You see, I’m very picky about slow-cooker recipes. I’ve tried dozens, but I find that 90% turn out boring and bland. The flavors get muddled after cooking for so long, or something. This recipe, however, is neither boring, nor bland!
Shockingly, it totally worked in the slow-cooker! It’s tangy and sweet, and really freakin’ tasty over some short grain rice seasoned with a little rice vinegar.
The trouble with slow-cooker food is that it all turns kinda brown and boring looking, but I assure you that there is nothing boring about this chicken
Oh! Also, this recipe takes a much shorter amount of time than most slow-cooker recipes (only about 2-3 hours on low), so keep that in mind; don’t start it in the morning and think you can leave it all day. You’ll be left with overcooked chicken!
Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
- 5 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 4 tbsp dry sherry (or sake)
- 2 tbsp mirin (Japanese rice cooking wine)
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp gochujang (or any chili paste you have, sriracha would be great)
- 1 tsp peanut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 to 2 tbsp chopped chives
- Add all of the ingredients, through the red onion, to the slow-cooker and whisk to combine.
- Add in the chicken chunks and stir to coat.
- Set the slow-cooker to low and cook for 2 to 3 hours.
- With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place in a bowl. Cover with tin foil.
- Turn the slow-cooker to high and whisk in the cornstarch. Cook, stirring for about 10-15 minutes. Add the chicken back in and stir to coat. Allow to cool for 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Serve over rice, sprinkled with chives.
Do you have a favorite slow-cooker recipe? Please share it with me in the comments below!