Teriyaki Chicken Thighs Recipe
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 4 teaspoons cold water
- Hot cooked rice, optional
- 1. Place chicken in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and pepper; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
- 2. Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Bring cooking juices to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken and, if desired, rice. Yield: 8 servings.
5 ounces cooked chicken with 1/3 cup sauce: 342 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 958mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein.
Reviews for Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
"This was very good. I cooked on low for 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours and it came out very moist. Also used brown sugar and served with rice and broccoli. The sauce was perfect."
"One of my go-to recipes. Easy to prepare and so good on rice. I can never quite get the cornstarch exactly right to thicken the sauce, so I end up adding more than the recipe calls for to get it thick enough. Really just wind up eyeballing it."
"Made this tonight and my husband and I really liked it. Our two year old daughter even ate the chicken, and she tends to be picky about meat. On the suggestion of some I used brown sugar and liked the way it tasted. I'm not wild about Asian dishes but I would recommend this to anyone."
"Very good! Family enjoyed it but suggest just a tad of heat added and only cook for 3 hours. thanks!"
"This is an excellent recipe! I read about a few people ending up with dry chicken, so I cooked 2 1/2 pounds of chicken breast on low for 2 hours. The chicken came out perfect! Also, when I was making the sauce at the end I added 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and increased the corn starch to make the sauce thicker. So good!"
"sorry but I gotta agree with Kristal/Crystalsounded good/liked most reviews/love teriyaki sauce...BUT......this was awful, I'm sorry but very dry over cooked chicken, sweet yes and altho I do love salt, even too much for me.really appreciate you submitting the recipe, honestly, because I made it liking the looks of it, but just didn't work"
"Excellent! I used brown sugar instead of white, upped the garlic to two cloves and the ginger to one teaspoon, and added 1/4 cup chopped shallots. I servd it over brown rice and my family loved it! A definite keeper!"
"My dh loved this. I did too, but I think 5 hours was too long or where I bought the thighs. I used brown sugar, and after tasting the sauce I thought it missed some brightness. I had an orange that I'm using in a marinade later in the week, so I grated the rind into it. Glad I did. It really made a subtle difference"
"Very tasty, and easy. Love it with steamed rice and broccoli"
"Oh my goodness!! This is the best "teriyaki" style recipe I have ever made! It's easy and versatile! Sometimes I add sliced water chestnuts during the last 1/2 hour of cooking and garnish with thinly sliced green onion! Just delicious! Made this again (about 3 weeks after this 1st review) and used country style spareribs instead of chicken thighs. It was amazing!! Love this recipe!"
"Amazing! The last 10 minutes of cooking time, I transferred thighs to a 450 degree oven. Delectable!!"
"So easy to make. Love to serve with rice!"
"I used boneless chicken breasts for this. Good taste and easy to make, just don't over cook it like I did."
"So easy and delicious! My kids ADORED this meal!"
"chicken was very good. Easy to prepare."
"Tasty , easy to prepare . I added some stir fried celery, onion, bell pepper , and green beans ."
"This was good! Not amazing, but solid."
"Got rave reviews."
"Made it in 1 hour... Superb recipe... I added water to bring down the salt level because Bragg's soy sauce alternative... And I added a bit of palm oil as well... Thank you for sharing"
"This was so easy to put together! Delicious and great left over! I would definitely do this again!"
"this was a very tasty dish , I cooked on the stove top on a low flame for about 1/2 hour or so till chicken was 150 , and turned out great , the sauce is very rich and flavorful"
"Delicious and easy, need I say more?"
"Very good, we especially liked the sauce."
"I'm glad I found this recipe!! I was about to prepare a typical soy sauce based asian thigh recipe but was out of soy sauce. In a quick search I found this and had all the called for ingredients. The only addition my family made was some added Chinese hot sauce to their's to kick up the heat. Great dish."
"Loved it. Made 1/3 in small crock and it worked great. Not sure where the complaint with salt was because it was definitely not salty."
"My husband and I cut this down to only making a 1/3 of this recipe which worked out really nice for the two of us and fit in our 1.5 quart slow cooker. This recipe goes really well with fried whole grain brown rice."
"My entire family loved this chicken!!! I served it with rice & steamed veggies."
"We loved the taste!"
"This is one of the few things my family of 5 all like to eat for dinner. I only use about 6 thighs. I subbed pineapple juice for the cider and just use garlic powder (picky kids). When I transfer sauce to skillet I add frozen broccoli with the corn starch, heat then add the chicken and serve over rice. My kids devour the broccoli in this yummy sauce. Thank you for sharing recipe, we have this at least 3 times a month. God bless:)"
"This is a great recipe, and the slow cooker made the thighs extremely tender. Cook up some rice and snow peas, and you have a great, easy to prepare meal!"
"YUMMY! Because I am such a lazy cook, I didn't even bother with the cornstarch & cold water business. I hate to have another pan to wash. Such a super recipe!~ Theresa"
"I didn't like the sauce. I might try it again using brown sugar."
"This was wonderful! I used low sodium soy sauce and it was still good. Will definately make this again."
"THIS WAS FABULOUS!"
"This was amazing. Simple, cheap...My husband was away on business, but he loves thighs so I can't wait to make this for him. This tasted just like my favorite fast food Chinese restaurant."
"Very good. I didn't use ginger because I don't like the taste of ginger and I used 1/4 tsp of garlic powder because I didn't have minced garlic. The family really liked it."
"Have a very picky family, and this one is definitely a hit. We all love the sauce: absolutely agree with the low-sodium soy recommendation. Have made it several times with chicken thighs - has anyone tried it with pork chops? Seems like it would work well...maybe with noodles and broccoli?"
"Easy, and slow cooked chicken ever!"
"Easy recipe but needs some help. I will try using brown sugar and adding more ginger. chicken was a bit dry."
"After reading the amazing reviews, I decided to make it and it was disgusting. I know none of my ingredients weren't spoiled or anything. I always cook, but nobody in the house liked it not even the Inlaws and they eat almost anything :/"
"very good, i did make a couple of changes but not in the ingredients only in preparation. i cut up the thighs and poured the sauce over the pieces and baked them. there was !"
"This was really good I made for a dear friend and she still raves about it."
"Big hit in the house!!!! and super easy! I have made it with bone-in and boneless chicken theighs! Both AMAZING!!!"
"I found this recipe a couple of months ago and have made it 3 times already. It's delicious! I definitely recommend that you use low sodium soy sauce. Also, I used both chicken thighs and breasts, but found that the breasts turned out too dry. Served this with steamed broccoli mixed in right before serving."
"Very easy to prepare and the sauce cooks up thick and rich. Will try this with chicken flavored rice."
"this was great, I don"t care for salt but I used low sodium soy sauce and it was fine will definitly make it again"
"This recipe needs fruit to add to taste and eye appeal."
"I don't often use my slow cooker but I was eager to try this recipe. I'm glad I did as it was delicious! I used low-sodium soy sauce and did not find it too salty. I am making it again today and I'm certain it will be a staple in our household."
"Too salty for us - but I'd love to find a similar recipe with less salt!"
"I made this tonight and it was excellent! I used 2 chicken breasts and 6 boneless skinless thighs. The only thing I had to do was increase the cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce but that is no big thing. It was super good and I'm sure we'll make it again soon!"
"Tasty is how my husband described this dish and my picky eater daughter said very good. I used chicken breasts in this recipe. Very good and easy. The sauce was excellent."
"Great recipe, would certainly make again.Very tasty!"
"Way too much salt."
"Great recipe, can't wait to make it again."
"I didn't use the ginger because we didnt have any and it was still amazing. I used chicken breasts and was worried it tasted too plain. But once I made the sauce I was in love. Best sauce ever"
"this is amazing a family favorite!!"
"This is amazing one of my family's favorites! I highly recommend it!"
"I did this yesterday for my first dinner party with church friends and it was awesome! Used light brown sugar instead and served with 1-minute brown & wild rice & wilted spinach.Not a bite was left!!"
"Wonderful. I made a change- I only had 1/4 c of soy sauce and I used 1/4 c of teriyaki along with it. I only used 4 T vinegar. This was great. I would use broccoli florets next time."
"OMGOSH! Absolutely WONDERFUL! ALL of my men raved about how good supper was. I dont normally double or triple recipes I havent made before but i doubled this one and Im thankful I did. Will be making triple batches from now on just to make sure there is enough for all my hungry men and a bit leftover for mom for lunch. May end up making a second crockpot full just for the teriyaki sauce to use for other things like pork chops. May add a bit of sesame seeds (toasted ?) next time, my crew loves them."
"I put a little of the teriyaki sauce in a skillet and glazed the chicken right before I served it. we love this recipe!!"
"My family devoured this chicken. The sauce is excellent and goes great over rice. I could not find boneless skinless chicken thighs at the grocery store so I used bone-in chicken thighs that I took the skin off of. I tried boneless skinless chicken breasts once but have to say the bone-in thighs gave it more flavor. However, both are good."
"I made this and it is amazing! The sauce is the best! Served w/fried rice. I used 1 TB minced garlic and ginger instead of powdered. Thanks for sharing."
"very good, easy"
"I made this for my teenager and his friends, and it was a big hit (with them and my husband and me)! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of the thighs. At the end, I covered a broiler pan with non-stick foil, laid the cooked chicken on it, brushed tops of chicken with thickened teriyaki sauce, broiled for 2-3 minutes; then flipped chicken and repeated for other side. Served with rice and passed the sauce--YUMMY! I made a little extra sauce because I cooked a little more than 3 lbs. of chicken (using a 5 qt. slow cooker). It didn't go to waste. My son used it over the next few days with leftovers and with other things he made for himself. It's very good teriyaki sauce. I served this dish with honey sauteed broccoli and carrots, which was a delightful complement. I will definitely make this dish again. I love finding tasty, easy recipes for the slow cooker!"
"I already reviewed this recipe but I have to rave about it again. I make this dish often because my family goes nuts over it. I always make broccoli separately to add to the dishes of those who will eat vegetables and I also pour the sauce into a saucepan and then triple it because they love lots of extra sauce. This is a fabulous recipe!"
"I didn't actually make this exact recipe, but I DID make the sauce part of it - I never seem to have a bottle of teriyaki sauce on hand, and I was desperate for some last night for an Asian beef and broccoli dish I was making, so I was very happy to come across this recipe so quickly in the 2010 cookbook that I recently got in the mail. My family devoured it!! The chicken looks delicious so I'll be putting it on the menu very soon!"
"Delicious dish! The whole family loved it. The first time I made it I forgot to thicken the sauce and it was still wonderful. Will absolutely make again!"
"This dish was so easy and my whole family loved it. I served it over rice and cooked veggies and it was a big hit!"
"Excellent, super easy dish! I had a busy day and just tossed it all in the crock pot and voila-what a great dish! I will never buy store bought teriyaki sauce again!"
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.