Braces-Friendly Recipe: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken


This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is way better than takeout. Making this slightly sweet teriyaki marinade is so easy, and it tastes infinitely more delicious with fresh ingredients than the bottled version you get at the store. Best of all, shredded chicken is braces-friendly for all of your family members who are in orthodontic treatment at the moment.

Make dinnertime a little more fun tonight by serving your Braces-friendly Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with chopsticks!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 4 hours 20 mins
Yield: About 4 cups shredded chicken


2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce (use low-sodium if desired, or Tamari if you want a gluten-free version)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup cold water
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
(optional toppings: sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds)


Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of your slow cooker in a single layer.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the garlic, onion, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and black pepper until combined. Pour the mixture on top of the chicken breasts. Cover slow cooker, and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a separate bowl and shred it using two forks. Transfer the remaining teriyaki sauce from the slow cooker to a medium saucepan.

Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved and no longer lumpy. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the teriyaki sauce mixture, and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and let it boil for about 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and pour the sauce on top of the shredded chicken. Toss to combine.

Serve topped with scallions (green onions) and toasted sesame seeds if desired, with rice.






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