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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs Recipe

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs Recipe

Here’s a real slow cooker sensation: Asian-style chicken and rice. It always goes over big with my family. —Gigi Miller, Stoughton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Llpenka1 User ID: 8900336 251805
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"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"

shawnba User ID: 2581969 249955
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"Very tasty, and easy. Love it with steamed rice and broccoli"

bicktasw User ID: 4201818 248857
Reviewed May. 31, 2016 Edited Jun. 17, 2016

"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!"

Lanada User ID: 8871465 248779
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"Amazing! The last 10 minutes of cooking time, I transferred thighs to a 450 degree oven. Delectable!!"

tlaec929 User ID: 8548514 247191
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2016


drugdoctor User ID: 3396388 241982
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"So easy to make. Love to serve with rice!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 241875
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I used boneless chicken breasts for this. Good taste and easy to make, just don't over cook it like I did."

Punkyjoe81 User ID: 3773046 241610
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"So easy and delicious! My kids ADORED this meal!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 232006
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"chicken was very good. Easy to prepare."

Tristym68 User ID: 7953067 231175
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"Tasty , easy to prepare . I added some stir fried celery, onion, bell pepper , and green beans ."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1289836 224674
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"This was good! Not amazing, but solid."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 220029
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Got rave reviews."

scarlet_red User ID: 8236611 219183
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"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"

alleycat1264 User ID: 7488674 217551
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"This was so easy to put together! Delicious and great left over! I would definitely do this again!"

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 113820
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014


captgeo5 User ID: 6856757 181311
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"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"

spronovo User ID: 3118526 98089
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Delicious and easy, need I say more?"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 181309
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"Very good, we especially liked the sauce."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 104926
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"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."

gourmetwanttabe User ID: 6662108 143788
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"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."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 183700
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"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."

maddawson User ID: 6637204 98781
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"My entire family loved this chicken!!! I served it with rice & steamed veggies."

pastiepie User ID: 1062574 210681
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"We loved the taste!"

MelanieT7 User ID: 7402927 210680
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"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:)"

janethil User ID: 3730637 182023
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"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!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 181308
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"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"

sherrigs User ID: 6123858 113819
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"I didn't like the sauce. I might try it again using brown sugar."

arwdg97 User ID: 7201504 112526
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"This was wonderful! I used low sodium soy sauce and it was still good. Will definately make this again."

Angelface007 User ID: 7191204 98780
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013


Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 98779
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"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."

kardr3 User ID: 3343346 98774
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"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."

rayfamily5 User ID: 3437990 210679
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"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?"

JoBrad User ID: 1374554 181307
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"Easy, and slow cooked chicken ever!"

caaverill User ID: 4603355 182022
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"Easy recipe but needs some help. I will try using brown sugar and adding more ginger. chicken was a bit dry."

KrystalK87 User ID: 6127443 181305
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"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 :/"

mybiz92 User ID: 5406463 112525
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"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 !"

mimihouts User ID: 1411311 210678
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"This was really good I made for a dear friend and she still raves about it."

candersen3838 User ID: 5675433 179551
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"Big hit in the house!!!! and super easy! I have made it with bone-in and boneless chicken theighs! Both AMAZING!!!"

DRUST User ID: 1546420 179546
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"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."

bygrace7 User ID: 6178302 113818
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"Very easy to prepare and the sauce cooks up thick and rich. Will try this with chicken flavored rice."

nicho538 User ID: 2045609 163369
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Used chicken wings and only cooked 3 hours. My 6yr old gave it a 100 + 100!! Hubby said it was a keeper. Had tons of sauce left over and used it in a stir-fry the next day! The other two like it as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets!!"

AMOF User ID: 4244920 179542
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"After eating a lot of dry chicken in college, I was done with chicken. Every once in a while I would try a chicken dish and NO I did not like chicken. But, 5 years after college I gave this recipe a try and LOVED it. SOOOOO GOOD! I forgot I was eating chicken. :)"

twylia1 User ID: 5358004 112523
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"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"

Barbara Fay User ID: 2751679 180191
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"This recipe needs fruit to add to taste and eye appeal."

Crazy Canuk User ID: 5649218 98773
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"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."

mhuddlestun User ID: 5946594 98066
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"Really Liked it! Very Tasty. I used two chicken breasts, and two chicken thighs."

dmkinsey User ID: 5897555 143787
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"Too salty for us - but I'd love to find a similar recipe with less salt!"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 112518
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"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!"

jessescrew User ID: 3432350 98065
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"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."

sonnyvan User ID: 4205111 112517
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"Great recipe, would certainly make again.

Very tasty!"

burgers76 User ID: 1617807 163368
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"Way too much salt."

vdrys1 User ID: 6112235 183699
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Great recipe, can't wait to make it again."

tam145 User ID: 1527525 98772
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"Very tasty!"

angelabbey33 User ID: 4917330 122448
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"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"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 210677
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"Great recipe! I did use boneless skinless breasts and browned the chicken in a skillet before putting it in the slow cooker. My sauce came out a little too runny and needed a little extra cornstarch."

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 182020
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"this is amazing a family favorite!!"

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 98060
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"This is amazing one of my family's favorites! I highly recommend it!"

DomesticallyImpaired User ID: 5531068 180189
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"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!!"

PetAdopter User ID: 5831258 180188
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"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."

mom w/ 5 men User ID: 5838949 183684
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"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."

jewels912 User ID: 5542334 167615
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"I put a little of the teriyaki sauce in a skillet and glazed the chicken right before I served it. we love this recipe!!"

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 181303
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"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."

parkaveultra User ID: 4811446 163270
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"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."

lmh126 User ID: 2148575 165425
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"I really liked the flavor of this recipe! And the convenience of a slow cooker recipe. I made it with boneless skinless chicken breasts."

johnsen User ID: 2755435 143786
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"very good, easy"

centralvacmama User ID: 3711919 179538
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"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!"

marysanderson User ID: 4335785 167613
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"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!"

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 210676
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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!"

topaznights User ID: 2027912 210675
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"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!"

marysanderson User ID: 4335785 165421
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009 Edited Mar. 9, 2010

"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!"

sspooney User ID: 1032841 143785
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"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!"

zellko User ID: 930001 113817
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2009

"This is the best chicken dish I've ever made in the slow cooker.I used large chunks of boneless chicken breast and added pinneapple chunks and green pepper at the end of cooking to make it a one dish meal.. I also substituted Splenda for all the sugar.  "

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.