Everyone loves a slow cooker meal for how easy they are to prepare, cook, and clean up after. For those busy weeknight dinners, slow cooker meals are key to pleasing the whole family: this recipe is no exception! This healthy slow cooker teriyaki chicken is made with minimal ingredients, and ready when you are. Simply slow cook chicken breasts in a few ingredients, and then shred the chicken once done, coating it in the flavorful sauce. Serve with rice and a vegetable, or in a wrap, or however you please!
Made in the slow cooker
The best part of this recipe is that it is made entirely in the slow cooker! There is nothing better than using a slow cooker to prep dinner, whether you are snowed in, or have a busy day ahead of you. Dinner is ready when you are!
There is no prep work required here whatsoever, aside from throwing everything into the slow cooker and letting it do it’s thing. No pre-cooking or pan-searing; this is the ultimate easy recipe. All of the ingredients get dumped into the crockpot and simmers away to become flavorful and delicious. This is the perfect meal for a cold day, or for a busy weeknight meal for the whole family to enjoy. This also makes an easy meal prep for four days, no real “work” in the kitchen involved!
What you will need to make healthy slow cooker teriyaki chicken
When it comes to recreating the flavor profile of the deliciously sweet teriyaki sauce we all love, it can be difficult to keep the calories and sugar content lower, without sacrificing flavor. This was the issue I ran into time and time again when I tried testing this recipe (this was my third go-around with this recipe test). It’s all about finding the delicate balance between sweet and savory flavors when it comes to teriyaki.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this healthy slow cooker teriyaki chicken:
- chicken breast
- fresh garlic cloves
- low sodium soy sauce
- It is important to use low sodium soy sauce here, because the dish will be overly salty if you use regular soy sauce.
- Regular soy sauce (rather than low sodium soy sauce) will overpower the flavor of this dish.
- maple syrup
- I use maple syrup as the sweetening agent for this dish. It works really well here! Trust me on this one.
- rice wine vinegar
- Rice wine vinegar helps round out the dish and balance the sweet and salty flavors. It also adds depth of flavor. Make sure to get the zero calorie one.
- ginger (fresh ginger root, or the squeeze tube ginger)
- I love using the squeeze tube ginger. It is easy to keep on hand in the fridge for all Asian-inspired meals.
- I find the squeeze tube in the produce aisle of my grocery store, by the fresh herbs.
- sesame seeds
I recommend serving this dish alongside rice or noodles, and a vegetable like steamed broccoli or string beans. It makes for a well-rounded meal. You can also serve this chicken on a wrap, with a crunchy slaw or lettuce for contrast of texture, and some extra sriracha.
You can also make these side dishes to pair with slow cooker teriyaki chicken:
How to make slow cooker teriyaki chicken
As I mentioned above, this recipe is beyond easy to make. Simply combine the sauce ingredients together at the bottom of your slow cooker (the soy sauce, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, and sriracha). Whisk the ingredients together to combine thoroughly. Then, add the chicken breast to the crock pot and toss the chicken to coat on all sides.
Cook for 2 hours on HIGH or 4 hours on low. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, shred it, and add it back to the slow cooker to coat the chicken in the sauce. Garnish with the chopped scallions and sesame seeds.
Healthy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
- slow cooker or crock pot
- 1 lb chicken breast
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ginger, fresh ginger root or squeeze ginger
- 1 tsp sriracha
- scallions and sesame seeds for garnish
- Combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, and sriracha on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Whisk together to combine.
- Add the chicken breast to the slow cooker and toss it in the sauce.
- Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or LOW for 4 hours.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.
- Add the shredded chicken to the slow cooker with the sauce, and toss to coat.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Drizzle with more sriracha, if desired.
- 3 WW points
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