September 2, 2012

Teriyaki Chicken

A friend of mine suggested placing your slow cooker in the garage or outside on the patio to keep the house from heating up. Which is funny because you read all the time how using your slow cooker shouldn't heat your house up as much as your oven does but I am starting think this is not so true. I find my kitchen gets pretty darn warm when I use my slow cooker, of course all in all it is less then using my oven but still ;-) I didn't put mine out in the garage.....I don't have a covered patio and it is suppose to be 99F outside today, don't think that would be too good for my chicken and I plan on using my oven to try out a new recipe (will share in another post) so the house will heat up anyway!

I don't have any pictures of my prep work because I was in a hurry to get it all into the slow cooker....Andrew started fussing for his bottle and nappy as soon as I started cutting the onions!

Here is my recipe:

Teriyaki Chicken 
Serves 4-6 (we usually have leftovers)

2 1/2 lbs chicken thighs or tenders (today I use frozen thighs)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 medium onion, chopped (I use sweet onion)

Combine everything into your slow cooker. Set temperature on low for 6 hrs.

Serve with rice and your favorite steamed veggies. I like to sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over mine.

FREEZER prepping:

This meal could be divided into two freezer meals for smaller families.

Stir brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and garlic together into a large bowl.

If you are using fresh chicken....toss chicken and onion in soy mixture and then transfer to a ziploc bag.
If you are using frozen chicken and onion into ziploc bag and then pour soy mixture over it.

Label with cooking directions. Thaw 30 minutes before putting into your slow cooker, no need to thaw completely.


  1. Replies
    1. Tanya....I do like the chicken a lot and it even tastes great reheated the next day.

  2. Awesome! I'm making this for dinner tonight=)

  3. I tried this last week and found the chicken to be dry. I'm thinking maybe I cooked it too long. I will be trying this again though and see if that is the case. The teriyaki sauce was good!

    1. I am sorry to hear that your chicken came out dry....we haven't had that problem. You are right though it could have been that you cooked it too long but it could also be that your crockpot gets hotter faster so it doesn't need as long to cook. Also, was your chicken fresh or was it thawed/frozen chicken? I have notice that sometimes depending how long chicken has been in the freezer that it doesn't come out the same as fresh chicken does. I am glad you like the sauce :-) If you try it again, let me know if it is still coming out dry so we can figure out what is going on!!

  4. Thank you!! I used frozen chicken that I had just purchased from the store. I will try fresh next time and see how that works :-)