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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (Paleo + Whole30 with Instant Pot Instructions)

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this Paleo + Whole30 slow cooker teriyaki chicken! It is an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe. This healthy teriyaki chicken recipe is sure to be a new favorite and something you add to you regular rotation as an easy dinner the whole family loves! 

Slow cooker teriyaki chicken in a bowl with white rice, greens and teriyaki sauce

Keeping It Whole30

If you have ever made a traditional teriyaki sauce or marinade at home then you know it not only includes soy, but also loads of sugar! Yikes! So…to make our slow cooker teriyaki chicken Whole30 compliant and healthier, we used coconut aminos (which naturally has a hint of sweetness to it and replaces the soy sauce) and dates. Our teriyaki sauce tastes authentic while keeping it clean. Also, when you go to turn this into a bowl meal, make sure to use cauliflower rice for Whole30.

Slow Cooker Or Instant Pot

We have made this slow cooker teriyaki chicken in both our Crockpot and Instant Pot, and we provide instructions for cooking in either of these handy kitchen devices. It’s really just a matter of how much time you have and whichever option you have on hand. Either way, you’re going to love the saucy goodness and how much the chicken soaks up the sauce and retains the flavors.

Slow cooker teriyaki chicken in a bowl with white rice, greens and teriyaki sauce

Optional Sauce Thickener

Once your Crockpot or Instant Pot is finished cooking the chicken, and if you prefer a thick sauce to drizzle over everything, you can add the sauce from the Crockpot or Instant Pot to a sauce pan and thicken it up with a mixture of tapioca starch and water. Heat the sauce on medium-high until it just begins to bubble, then turn down and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. You’ll have a thick and gooey sauce to spoon over your chicken and veggies or bowl – because you know we turn this into a bowl meal! Duh.

Slow cooker teriyaki chicken in a bowl with white rice, greens and teriyaki sauce

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Whether you need an easy weeknight meal or just want to meal prep some food over the weekend, make this slow cooker teriyaki chicken! If you’re like us, it will become part of your regular rotation! Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes, and take a photo to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood. Make sure to give us a follow, so we can stay connected!

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

4.44 from 60 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
This Paleo + Whole30 slow cooker teriyaki chicken is an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe. This healthy teriyaki chicken recipe is sure to be a new favorite and something you add to you regular rotation as an easy dinner the whole family loves! 
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • 3/4 cup coconut aminos (see recipe notes)
  • 4 pitted dates, soaked for 10-15 minutes in warm water to soften then drained
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger grated on a microplane
  • 2 tsp garlic powder

For serving:

  • White or cauli rice (cauli rice for Whole30)
  • Mixed greens
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onion diced

Optional (to thicken sauce):

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Instructions 

For the slow cooker:

  • Place all of the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and run continuously to combine all the ingredients until smooth. Stop to scrape sides down as needed and restart.
  • Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker and pour the teriyaki sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

For the Instant Pot:

  • Make teriyaki sauce as noted above.
  • Place chicken thighs in the Instant Pot and pour the teriyaki sauce over the chicken.
  • Secure the lid on the instant pot and close the pressure valve. Press the "manual" button (or "pressure cook" button) and set the time to cook for 20 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, quick release the pressure.
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare cauli or white rice for serving. 
  • Once the chicken is finished cooking, shred it with 2 forks inside the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Mix the shredded chicken with the cooking juices. Spoon some of the remaining teriyaki sauce over the chicken when serving.
  • Serve and sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Optional (to thicken sauce):

  • If you want a thicker teriyaki sauce for serving perform the following steps after shredding the chicken. 
  • Remove shredded chicken from the crockpot or instant pot with a slotted spoon. Pour remaining sauce into a small saucepan.
  • Mix tapioca starch into the water until it dissolves. Pour this into the saucepan and mix. 
  • Heat on medium-high until it just begins to bubble, then turn down and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Spoon sauce over chicken for serving.

Notes

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38 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (Paleo + Whole30 with Instant Pot Instructions)

    • Looking at the recipe I would assume that a protein cup would be one yellow portion and the sauce would be counted as a dressing/orange container for the day. Just eliminate the container since it would already be mixed in. I looked at the calories for the sauce ingredients and they are not high calorie items, except the dates but there are only four dates in the entire sauce. Dates also have fiber. So, that is how I would calculate it. Hope this helps!!

  • My daughter serves this over rice ramen noodles. I made it last week, although I mad 1/4 of the recipe and it turned out great. Definitely a repeater.

  • Holy cow, this is amazing! It does have a sweet note to it, so I’d recommend serving it with cauliflower rice or over tator tots. It’s also a great dish to serve a crowd (we throw it in the crock pot at the lake and it’s a huge hit!)

  • This recipe is my picky 8 year old daughter’s favorite thing ever. My go-to for guests and always a hit.

  • Quick, delicious and versatile!
    We made the chicken in the instant pot and it turned out great!
    It made enough for us to eat this with rice one day and wrap up in a hot tortilla the next (we added greens and some other fillers to TJ’s grain tortillas).
    Great recipe!

  • Delicious! I added broccoli to the slow cooker during the last 15 min and served it over cauliflower rice. Husband and toddler loved it too. Will definitely make it again!

  • Planning on making this tonight…if I only make half of the sauce recipe with 1 lb of chicken in instant pot, do you think it’ll “burn”? I seem to get that error message a lot when using the IP, even when I have enough liquid. Any tips?

    • You need to have at least 1 cup of liquid for the IP to pressurize. Try to make sure to add the liquid in first, that can help prevent the burn message. I hope this helps.

  • This is delicious! I used my IP and doubled it without any problems. My only advice for anyone else – DO NOT USE YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR FOR THE MARINADE! It was an exploding disaster alllll over my kitchen. I finished the sauce in the blender instead. ha, ha!! Otherwise, truly, this is a delicious recipe. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for the crockpot and IP instructions!

  • Tried this tonight and it has a good flavor but seemed very salty. I used Braggs Liquid Aminos. Is that why?

  • This is one of our faves. It’s sooo good and so delicious! We’ve tried countless paleo teriyaki chicken recipes and hands down, this one is the best!

  • Trying this recipe for the first time tonight! I hope it goes well because I’m a newbie with using an instant pot and the first time I tried my hand with the pot, it burnt on the bottom. If you have any suggestions about instant pot use, I’d love them!!

  • We make this all the time – definitely my favorite recipe when doing Whole 30. I like to stir fry the cauli rice with crushed garlic and toasted sesame oil – it gives the rice a nice color and compliments the chicken. Also, thickening the sauce is a must. Sometimes I double the sauce because it’s so good! Can’t thank you enough for sharing and thought I’d finally put up a comment since I gontonthisnpage so often!

    • Haha! Aaaw yay! Thanks so much for coming back to share! We are SO happy to hear this is a favorite one you repeat and enjoy! That cauli rice with the sesame oil and crushed garlic sounds extra delish. Doing that next time! Thanks again! 🙂

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