The Wooden Spoon: Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

6 chicken legs with thighs attached – do not remove the skin
3 tbsp. cornstarch (more if needed)
Salt and pepper
¼ cup olive oil (more if needed)
15 oz. bottle Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce OR  for more intense flavor use 15 oz. Kikkoman Garlic &  Green Onion Teriyaki sauce (comes in a 20 oz. bottle)
3 tbsp. fresh grated ginger OR 3/8 tsp. ground ginger (from the spice aisle)
3 cloves of garlic – minced
3 tbsp. honey
3 scallions, white and green parts sliced

You’ll need a large frying pan/skillet and a 16-18 cup (4 to 4 ½ quart) crock pot for this recipe

  • Put the cornstarch in a large bowl or a pan with raised sides
  • Dust the chicken with the cornstarch and then season with salt and pepper
  • Heat your frying pan on medium-high heat with ¼ cup olive oil
  • Brown the chicken in the frying pan until a light golden brown — you are not cooking the chicken all the way through but only browning the outside
  • As the chicken pieces are browned, place them in the crock pot
  • Add the Teriyaki, ginger, garlic, honey, and scallions
  • Cover the crock pot and cook on Low for 5 hours or High for 3 hours
  • Serve immediately or set the crock pot to Warm
  • Serves 6
  • Serving suggestion: Serve with white or brown rice and broccoli


  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Dried/ground spices and herbs are much more potent than fresh spices and herbs. For example, in this recipe, 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger equals 1/8 tsp. of dried (ground) ginger
  • To “dust” with cornstarch means to sprinkle the chicken with the cornstarch for a very light coating. Shake off any excess before cooking.
  • For easy clean-up, line your crock pot with slow cooker liners (Reynolds is one company that makes these) – no soaking and no scrubbing the ceramic container when you’re done cooking!
  • So you don’t forget to use the slow cooker liners, leave the small box in the crock pot when you store it away for its next use – works for me!

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department.