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November 18, 2019

Healthy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (Paleo)

This easy slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe with sweet and savory flavors will be a family favorite. With healthy ingredients, this is a great replacement for take-out teriyaki chicken and is also paleo friendly, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and low carb. 

Two white bowls filled with rice and healthy slow cooker chicken teriyaki on top of a blue napkin

Get ready for some tender, juicy, and sweet take-in slow cooker teriyaki chicken. Get it? Take-in. Instead of grabbing take-out, cook this delicious favorite teriyaki chicken at home.

Fun fact: Did you know that the word Teriyaki is actually a type of Japanese cooking? The word Teri means luster (a gentle sheen or soft glow) and the word Yaki means grilling or cooking.

To make a traditional teriyaki dish, meat is grilled, or pan fried, and then basted in a sauce that contains soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar.

Those ingredients aren’t great for you.

I try to stay away from food products that contain soy. Soy is linked to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, immune system breakdown, heart disease and cancer. And…do I need to say anything about sugar?

I’m here to give you a healthy teriyaki chicken recipe that your whole family will love. I promise. You won’t miss the traditional teriyaki sauce, and you will feel good about cooking a dinner with clean, better-for-you ingredients.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TERIYAKI CHICKEN!

  • This teriyaki chicken has a sweet and savory flavor that everyone will love, even kids!
  • This healthy slow cooker teriyaki chicken is soy free, low carb, refined sugar free, paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30 (without honey).
  • The chicken is great for meal prep. Pair it with some broccoli, rice, or stir fry veggies.
  • Making it in the slow cooker is so easy! Add the ingredients in the crock pot, set on low or high.
Two white bowls filled with rice and healthy slow cooker chicken teriyaki on top of a blue napkin

WHAT YOU NEED

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HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY SLOW COOKER TERIYAKI CHICKEN:

STEP 1: PLACE INGREDIENTS IN SLOW COOKER

Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. I do not recommend cooking for longer than the suggested time, unless you notice that your chicken is not tender or shredding yet. Cooking for longer time will cause the chicken to dry out.

STEP 2: SHRED CHICKEN

Next, remove the chicken, using a slotted spoon or tongs, from the slow cooker and onto a plate to shred. Shred the chicken using two forks, holding a fork in each hand to pull the meat apart.

Black crock pot filled with teriyaki chicken on white background

STEP 3: THICKEN SAUCE

Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a small saucepan. Heat the sauce, over medium-low heat, on the stove, bringing it to a simmer (gentle bubbling in pan). Add the arrowroot starch to the liquid and whisk for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

STEP 4: SERVE

Place the chicken back into the slow cooker (on warm) and pour the thickened sauce over the chicken. Toss together to evenly coat the chicken. Serve this slow cooker teriyaki chicken warm and garnish with green onions, and sesame seeds. Pair with a bowl of gluten-free white rice, or some roasted broccoli.

Tongs gripping teriyaki chicken out of a black crock pot

IS TERIYAKI CHICKEN HEALTHY?

Yes! This recipe is a healthier version of the traditional Japanese dish because there is no soy sauce. Coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce. It still has a salty, umami flavor, but contains less sodium.

IS RICE HEALTHY?

When it comes to rice, there is a lot of controversy on whether rice is good for you, and whether white or brown rice is better.

White rice is perfectly healthy when eating on occasion (a few servings a week), and is safe for those who feel good after eating it, and who tolerate grains. For very young children and infants, I don’t recommend rice due to arsenic exposure. Pregnant women may also want to be cautious about their rice intake. Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone, some people simply do not tolerate grains.

Brown rice is often thought of as a health food, when it’s actually worse for you than white rice. There is a higher level of arsenic than white rice and it should be avoided or consumed rarely. Read this article for more information.

Two white bowls filled with rice and healthy slow cooker chicken teriyaki on top of a blue napkin

TIPS:

  • Make it Whole30: simply omit the honey
  • Cook no longer than 4 hours on low heat, or 2 hours on high. Slow cooker times will vary, so I recommend watching the chicken if cooking it longer.
  • Serve slow cooker teriyaki chicken with gluten-free white rice, broccoli, bell peppers, green beans, or cauliflower rice.
  • To meal prep: this teriyaki chicken is so easy to meal prep! Just place the chicken into an air-tight glass container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Enjoy, friends!

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white bowl filled with teriyaki chicken and another white bowl in the distance filled with teriyaki chicken

Healthy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

This easy slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe with sweet and savory flavors will be a family favorite. With healthy ingredients, this is a great replacement for take-out teriyaki chicken and is also paleo friendly, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and low carb. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • Garnish with: green onions, sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Turn slow cooker on low heat and melt coconut oil into the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Place chicken breast on top of melted coconut oil. Add onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, ginger, honey, and cold water to the crock pot. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours until chicken is tender and starts to pull apart.
  3. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and onto a plate to shred. Shred the chicken using two forks, holding a fork in each hand to pull the meat apart. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a small saucepan. Heat the sauce over medium-low heat on the stove, bringing it to a simmer (gentle bubbling in pan). Add the arrowroot starch to the liquid and whisk for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  4. Place the shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and pour the thickened sauce over the chicken. Toss to evenly coat the chicken.
  5. Serve warm and garnish with green onions, and sesame seeds.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Keywords: slow cooker teriyaki chicken, crock pot teriyaki chicken, healthy teriyaki chicken, healthy slow cooker recipe, healthy crock pot recipe

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