Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

by hintofhelen
Slow cooker Teryaki Chicken Recipe | Hint of Helen

This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe is SO good. Succulent, juicy thighs in a rich and sticky teriyaki sauce.

This meal is ideal as a mid-week treat, weekend fake-away or dinner party show-stopper. Seriously, it’s THAT good!

Slow cooker Teryaki Chicken Recipe | Hint of Helen

I tend to serve this teriyaki chicken on a bed of rice scattered with crunchy spring onions for a bit of bite. The sauce is thick, flavoured with honey, garlic and mirin for a take-away style flavour.

I recommend you take the minutes to fry the chicken and onions before slow cooking – it really does help to develop the flavours. But, if you’re pressed for time you can skip this step.

Slow cooker Teryaki Chicken Recipe | Hint of Helen

How to Make Sticky Teriyaki Chicken Thighs In The Slow Cooker:

Scroll down for recipe card and ingredient list

1. Mix together the sauce ingredients

2. If you have a sizzle to simmer slow cooker pot, then add this directly to your hob. If you’re unsure if your slow cooker pot can go on the hob – use a non-stick pan here.

Add the oil to the pan and turn the heat to medium/high

3. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes

4. Then add the chicken thighs and cook for a couple of minutes each side, until they begin to brown slightly

5. Then add the flour

6. Stir to coat the chicken in the flour, and cook for a couple of minutes more to cook the flour

7. Place the slow cooker pan back in the slow cooker (or if you used a pan here, pour the contents into your slow cooker pan) – then pour in the sauce you made earlier

8. Stir to coat the chicken

9. Then close the lid and cook on low for 4-6 hours (depending on your slow cooker)

10. When it’s cooked it should look like this:

11. Stir to mix the sauce together

12. Take a spoonful of sauce and add it to a bowl

13. Then add a heaped tablespoon of cornflour

14. Mix to make a paste

15. Pour the paste into the sauce – then stir to combine – this will thicken the sauce – ready to serve. As the dish cools, it will become even thicker.

Yield: 4 People

Slow Cooker Sticky Teriyaki Chicken

Slow cooker Teryaki Chicken Recipe | Hint of Helen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes


  • 4 Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Plain Flour

For The Sauce

  • 8 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce (120ml)
  • 8 Tbsp Mirin (120ml)
  • 4 Tbsp Water (60ml)
  • 1 Tsp Lazy Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Lazy Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Cornflour (Optional)

To Serve (Optional)

  • Chopped spring onions
  • Rice


  1. Slice the onion into equal strips
  2. Add the oil into a frying pan (or if your slow cooker pan is hob safe, add it directly to the slow cooker pan)
  3. Heat the oil then add the sliced onion and chicken thighs
  4. Cook on high for 3 minutes, stirring often, so sear the chicken thighs
  5. Add the flour to the pan and stir to coat
  6. Cook for a further 1 minute, then turn off the hob
  7. Transfer the chicken and onion into your slow cooker pan (or place the slow cooker pan back into your slow cooker, if used)
  8. Pour in all the sauce ingredients
  9. Stir to coat the chicken
  10. Place the chicken skin side up
  11. Close the lid and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours on low setting, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thick
  12. Once cooked, shred the thicken thighs with a fork and thicken sauce with cornflour (if needed - see image above)
  13. Serve with chopped spring onion and white rice


You'll need to check if your slow cooker pan is hob safe.

Mirin is similar to sake, but has more sugar and a lower alcohol content - you can find mirin in oriental supermarkets such as Wing Yip or from Amazon. If you can't find mirin you can use dry sherry instead.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 398Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 166mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 35g

You may also like:

Leave a Comment

Skip to Recipe