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Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

This slow cooker chicken teriyaki is great for busy weeknight dinners, and can be frozen as a delicious and easy crock pot dump meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Recipe | Modern Homestead Mama
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I’ve tried a number of teriyaki chicken recipes over the years. They can vary quite a bit, and some have left me a little less than enthused.

Still, I love trying different variations of chicken teriyaki.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of meal prep and food preservation. Anything that keeps food waste down and saves money is right up my alley!

I’ve tried slow cooker chicken teriyaki thighs cooked on the stovetop, and I’ve even perfected my fried rice recipe to go along with it.

However, today I’m going to share my perfected crock pot chicken teriyaki recipe with honey.

Chicken Teriyaki in a gallon ziploc bag ready to be frozen for a dump meal later

I like to make this recipe with broccoli usually, but I was out of it when I was prepping this time. You can make it with vegetables of any kind, really. It will all freeze well.

When you’re really in a pinch for time, simply cut up chicken and pour bottled teriyaki sauce into the bag and mix to combine.

Then, freeze for an easy freezer crock pot dump meal. Easy peasy!

I usually make 2 batches of this slow cooker chicken teriyaki at a time.

I would love to buy chicken on sale in bulk, and freeze many meals at once for even cheaper. But, we don’t have a ton of freezer space.

So, for now, 2 batches is still really helpful!

Chicken Teriyaki in 2 ziplock bags, ready to freeze as a make-ahead meal

Sometimes I cook one batch in the moment, and freeze the other for later in the month. It cuts down on the time I spend in the kitchen and makes for a happier mama.

FAQs about crockpot chicken teriyaki

Yes! The marinade will still permeate without holes in the chicken, but it helps the flavors and seasonings soak into the meat.

Yes! You can absolutely freeze slow cooker chicken teriyaki as an easy make-ahead freezer dump meal for the crock pot. It has saved my dinners on several ocassions, when I don’t know what else to make.

Chicken teryiaki is commonly served over rice. You can make fried rice, use leftever brown or long-grain rice, or make it fresh. Any vegetable is amazing with the teriyaki flavor. The options are limitless!

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Just a few ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp of minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions

Step 1: Cut chicken into chunks and add to a gallon ziploc bag

You can flip the top of the ziploc bag outwards to make it easier to add ingredients to it.

raw chicken in a gallon ziplock bag

Step 2: Add all ingredients except cornstarch

Add all of the ingredients directly into the ziploc bag.

Adding honey to ziplock bag with raw chicken
holding a jar of minced garlic from whole foods
brown sugar in bag on top of raw chicken
soy sauce low sodium for chicken teriyaki

I even add MSG because it’s almost always found in Americanized asian food restaraunts, and it’s why homemade doesn’t taste the same. It’s safe! I ordered mine on Amazon. Think of it as a delicious spice.

MSG for chicken teriyaki
rice vinegar for slow cooker chicken teriyaki
sesame oil for chicken teriyaki
sesame seeds for chicken teriyaki dinner

Step 3: Make a cornstarch slurry

Take a tiny bit of the marinade and create a cornstarch slurry with a 1:1 ratio. This will thicken your sauce later when you cook it. If you add it directly into the bag without first creating a slurry, you’ll have little bits floating in your sauce.

I’ve definitely done this in a pinch, and it tastes just fine. It’s just not very asthetically pleasing.

Corn starch for chicken teriyaki

Step 4: Freeze your dinner for later

Gently press all the air out of your bag by laying the food flat on the counter. Preferably you’ll want to freeze your food flat, but I didn’t have room in my freezer to lay it this way.

Chicken Teriyaki Frozen

Step 5: Dump and go!

Throw your frozen chicken teriyaki dinner in a slow cooker and set it to low for 6-8 hours. If you thaw it in the fridge the day prior, you’ll be able to cook it in less time.

Frozen chicken teriyaki in a crock pot

Step 6: Stir

Keep an eye on your chicken teriyaki dinner, and stir as needed so the top doesn’t dry out.

Chicken Teriyaki in a Crock Pot

Enjoy over rice!

Chicken Teriyaki in a Bowl Next to a Crock Pot

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Do you like thick teriyaki sauce, or do you skip the cornstarch? Let me know in the comments below!

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Chicken Teriyaki in a Bowl Next to a Crock Pot

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

  • Author: Victoria Moore
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes


This slow cooker chicken teriyaki makes for the perfect freezer meal that you can dump and go in your crockpot. Simply add all ingredients in a ziploc bag and freeze until you’re ready! It will come out tender and flavorful.



  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp of minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions


  1. Cut chicken into chunks and add to a gallon Ziploc bag.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the corn starch into the bag and mix.
  3. Take 2 tbsp of the marinade and mix with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. (You can skip this step if you want, but the cornstarch makes the sauce thick)
  4. Add cornstarch slurry to the bag and mix again.
  5. Flatten the bag and get rid of all the air. Freeze until you’re ready to cook!
  6. Dump the meal directly into the slow cooker, or thaw in the fridge the day before.
  7. Serve over rice and enjoy!


  • You can skip the cornstarch if you don’t mind thinner sauce.
  • Green onions go great with this meal.
  • Add any vegetables to the bag for a more well-rounded meal.
  • Category: Meat
  • Method: Crock Pot
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: slow cooker, slow cooking, dump and go, freezer meal, make-ahead, prepped dinner, fast dinner, easy meal ideas

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