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Slow Cooker Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken
We were in the mood for something a little sweet, a little sour, and definitely something with some chicken in it. Teriyaki chicken was a natural choice! How to cook it, though? It can be grilled, but considering the temperature outside, it's doubtful the grill is a viable solution. So then that would normally leave the broiler, but what if we can make great teriyaki chicken an easier way? What if we could get that signature glaze and powerful flavor in a crock pot?
So where to start? It sure would be easy enough to throw in some store-bought teriyaki sauce and cook the chicken in that, but instead we decided to try making our own right in the pot. We combined soy sauce and vinegar as the base, and added some complexity with a bit of molasses, ginger, and garlic. We let the chicken cook right in the mixture, then set the chicken aside and got to work finishing up the sauce. Some chicken stock added a little more richness while cornstarch thickened it up right the right amount. We only needed 2 teaspoons chicken stock, though, so if you don't have an open carton sitting in the fridge, feel free to just use water. Serve this dish with a side of rice and veggies. Keep reading below for this simple favorite recipe...
1 1/2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons chicken stock
In the slow cooker, mix together soy sauce, molasses, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper.
Place the chicken in the slow cooker and turn a few times to coat well in the soy sauce mixture.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours, turning the chicken about every hour to ensure even cooking.
Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, cut up into bite sized pieces, and set aside.
Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and chicken stock until combined.
Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling liquid and reduce to a simmer.
Allow the sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes, then add the chicken to the pan.
Toss to coat the chicken with the sauce, and let heat through.
Serve over rice with vegetables.
Recipe adapted from The Comfort of Cooking
Actually not sure about corn startch. Will have to check on it.