Slow Cooker Teriyaki ChickenEstimated Cost:  $12.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Slow Cooker Time:  4 hours

Serves:  4

Classic teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine in which foods are broiled or grilled while being basted in a marinade based on soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.   In North America, any dish made with a teriyaki-like sauce is described as teriyaki.  Sesame and garlic, ingredients not generally found in Japanese teriyaki, have found their way into our westernized mutations.  The wonderful flavor of teriyaki is combined with the ease of crock pot cookery in this delicious recipe.

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
4 1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced (how to)
1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated (how to)
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/4 cup sesame seeds
prepared white rice

1. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic, ginger, and pepper; whisk to combine.

2. Arrange chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour sauce over chicken and cook on LOW for 4 hours or HIGH for two hours.

3. In a medium sauté pan. toast the sesame seeds over medium heat until they are lightly browned and fragrant.

4. Remove chicken from slow cooker and roll in toasted sesame seeds. Serve over rice.

Mike’s comments:

Although Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is delish served over rice, I like it even better over prepared cellophane noodles.

Major culinary inspiration from: Rachel Schultz: Food, Décor, Books, and Quirkiness