So my friend told me that she makes this amazing teriyaki chicken in her crock-pot and the recipe she gave me was simple enough that I thought I would give it a try. The original recipe just called for 4 chicken breasts and 1 to 1 1/2 cups of bottled teriyaki sauce, cook till done and serve over rice. Sounded easy, yet I admit sort of bland. So I decided to take the recipe and play with it a little.
I added in some extra seasonings like ginger and garlic, a little brown sugar, pineapple and mixed in some steamed stir fry veggies before serving, and the results? Meh…not my favorite and definitely not something I would call “amazing”.
For me, it was a little too salty, and the chicken was dry. The kids however liked it well enough. I think this one might be worth trying one more time, maybe adjusting the amount of teriyaki sauce, or the type used (I used Kikkoman brand), and I think using chicken thighs might make for a moister meat. Here is the recipe I used, let me know if you try it and what you think, or if you fiddle with it some to make it tastier.
Crock-Pot Teriyaki Chicken
1 (10 Oz.) Bottle Of Teriyaki Sauce
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Bite Sized Pieces
1 (8 Oz.) Can Of Pineapple Tidbits In Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
2 (12 Oz.) Bags Of Steam In The Bag Stir-Fry Vegetables
- Open can of pineapple tidbits and pour just the juice into the crock-pot, reserving pineapple for later.
- Add teriyaki sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and garlic to crock-pot and stir to combine.
- Add chicken pieces and mix to coat chicken with sauce.
- Cover and cook 4-5 hours on low till chicken is done, stirring half way through cooking time to break up chicken.
- About 30 minutes before chicken is to be done cooking, start your rice in a rice cooker, or on the stove top.
- Cook the vegetables in the microwave according to package directions.
- Open bags of vegetables and toss in crock-pot and mix into chicken and sauce.
- Serve over rice.
We served this over steamed jasmine rice, however any white or brown rice or even noodles would be good too. To make this recipe gluten-free be sure to use a gluten-free teriyaki sauce such as those made by San-J or Seal Sama.
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