Sunday, January 20, 2013

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

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  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce 
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


1. Cut each chicken thigh into 4 pieces or strips about 1 inch thick. Thread chicken onto 6-inch wooden skewers, folding thinner pieces, off necessary. 

2. Place skewers in Crock-Pot slow cooker, layering as flat as possible.  (I had to trim about a inch off the skewers to fit flat in the Crock-Pot so do that before you skewer them). Also remember to check out Products I love to find out about easy clean up slow cooker bags.

3. Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, & minced garlic in a small bowl. 
Reserve 1/3 cup sauce; set aside. 

4. Pour remaining sauce over chicken. Cover; cook on LOW 2 hours. 
Turn skewers over & cook 1 hour longer. 

 5. Transfer skewers to serving platter. Discard cooked liquid. Spoon on reserved sauce & sprinkle with sliced green onions & sesame seeds, if desired.


I came across this dish years ago at a teacher pot luck, someone brought their Crock-Pot full of teriyaki chicken on sticks, but I thought they just used the Crock-pot to keep them warm, nope, she said that is how she cooked them. Believe me, I was shocked too, skewers? In the Crock-Pot? Yes! They are good too! I modified the dish & made my own teriyaki sauce, but you could always use a store bought teriyaki glaze sauce, I would use one cup of Kikkoman, purple label.


  For Whole30 & Paleo remove sugar & use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. This is a pretty straight forward & easy recipe to follow, but if you don't own a Crock-Pot, or don't have 3 hours to spare, just use the sauce as a marinade for at least an hour & BBQ the skewers. I like to place them each on an oven top grill to give them markings & crisp them up after I take them out of the Crock-Pot. You can add a peanut sauce to dip, serve them on a bed of rice or they pair well with my Veggie Stir-Fry or Chinese Chicken Salad. Don't forget, you can always substitute soy sauce for gluten free soy sauce & in this dish don't add the wontons to make it gluten free!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's a one good looking teryiaki chicken skewers! Awesome recipe.