This Slow Cooker Honey Lime Teriyaki Chicken is super easy and made without any refined sugar at all. Just a few simple whole food ingredients put together and the slow cooker does the rest. This shredded chicken is perfect for meal prepping because it freezes well.
Honey Lime Teriyaki Sauce:
1 Teaspoon tapioca starch, dissolved in 2 teaspoons of water
2 Tablespoons honey, or maple syrup
2 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 cup coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce, see notes
1 Teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Chicken and toppings:
2 packages boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 3 pounds
Sesame seeds for garnish, about 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup sliced green onions to serve with half of the finished chicken
Freshly steamed rice or cauliflower rice
Place all the ingredients for the honey lime teriyaki sauce into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring constantly. When it thickens slightly remove it from the heat and set it aside.
Place the chicken thighs into a 6-quart slow cooker, and pour the sauce over the top. Place the lid on, and cook on high for 2-4 hours.
Each slow cooker cooks differently, my chicken was done and ready to shred after 3 hours. But be sure to start checking early, until you know how it will cook in your slow cooker.
When the chicken is done, carefully remove it from the slow cooker, and place it on a cutting board. When it’s cooled enough to handle, shred the chicken and place it back in the slow cooker. You could simply shred it in the slow cooker, but because there’s a lot of juices, do be careful not to splash and burn yourself.
After you’ve stirred the chicken back into the juices, serve as much of it as you’ll need with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and green onions alongside steamed rice or cauliflower rice.
Cool any remaining chicken in the refrigerator, and freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
Soy sauce will give you a more authentic teriyaki flavor, but coconut aminos is still awesome and perfect for those who can’t have soy, or follow a strictly paleo diet.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Shredded Chicken, Healthy Teriyaki Chicken