Set it and forget it with this super easy lime infused slow cooker teriyaki chicken!! This Paleo and Gluten Free dinner will become a new favorite easy weeknight meal.
It’s baseball season around here which means the whole family is out of the house from 4:30-7:00 almost every night! Slow cooker recipes to the rescue! There is no other way for me to get real food on the table for dinner time without the slow cooker or my Instant Pot. We use it at least 2 days per week, sometimes more, and on the other days enjoy leftovers.
I am sure many of you have days similar to mine. This lime teriyaki chicken is SUPER DUPER simple for those busy weeknights. It really only takes a few minutes to whisk together the marinade and pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. That’s it! Serve with your favorite vegetables over a salad, rice, or maybe with my Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice.
Just a few other notes about this recipe: I almost always naturally sweeten my dishes with honey instead of using refined sugar. I love the way honey also adds a sticky and thicker texture to this dish. The teriyaki sauce will have a runny texture that unless you use a thickening agent. I use arrowroot starch to thicken the dish, but you are welcome to leave it thinner. Serve with some chopped green onion and/or cilantro over rice or cauliflower rice. Serve with your favorite vegetables!
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Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Lime Teriyaki Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken breast
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 2 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 cup Tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp. lime zest
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper optional
- 2 tbsp arrowroot starch (mix with 2 tbsp water
For your Slow Cooker:
Place the chicken in your slow cooker.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients (not the arrowroot) in a small bowl.
Pour marinade over chicken.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours
Add arrowroot and water, and mix into sauce. Let thicken.
Shred chicken with a fork.
Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, or in a salad. Garnish with optional cilantro and green onion.
For your Instant Pot:
Select the saute function on your Instant Pot. Once hot, add a bit of oil to cover the bottom of the pot. Saute onions for 2-3 minutes, select cancel.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients: garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, vinegar, lime, lime zest, honey, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes if using,
Place chicken inside your Instant Pot on top of onion. Pour sauce on top of chicken. Secure the lid and select the manual function. Cook for 7 minutes. Once cooking is complete, use a quick release. Be sure that all steam is released before opening your Instant Pot.
Open the lid, add arrowroot/water mixture. Stir and let thicken for a few extra minutes.
Shred chicken and serve over rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, or salad.
Sorry Amy but this was the first flop I’ve made from your blog. I will.confess, however, that I didn’t want to use 1/2 cup.of honey (too expensive an ingredient to use a 1/2 cup!), so I substituted brown sugar instead. The girls complained, rather loudly, that it was way too sweet. Can you tell me if it was because I substituted the brown sugar 1:1? Not sure if I’ll try this one again…but seriously am loving everything else,so thank you!
Oh bummer! Brown sugar is definitely sweeter than honey and adds a different taste. In this one, you would probably need to half the brown sugar to only 1/4 cup or 1/3 to match the soy sauce measurements. I hear ya on honey being expensive! We go through so much around here that I buy it in bulk.
Lesly Mohr says
Thanks Amy! I’ll try it again and let you know…Terry thought it had ‘potential’ :).
I’m getting hooked on your website. I made this last night and everyone loved. We put the chicken over briefly sauteed zoodles. Delish! Next time I will not use so much honey, however. I used coconut aminos and find that in and of itself already sweet so next time I’ll use about half the honey. I’ve never been on a site where so many recipes match my taste so I’m going to keep trying them, one by one. Husband is Paleo so that’s what brought me here.
Thank you, Lynn!! I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes!
I just love your lime cilantro cauliflower rice! And am excited to try other recipes of yours. This one looks awesome. I have a whole host of food sensitivities though including any kind of sweetener. Do you think this would work without adding the honey?I will already be substituting the vinegar with lemon/lime juice.
This is one of our go-to meals! Relatively easy and so yummy! Have you ever tried prepping it ahead and freezing it? (I’m trying to make some freezer meals for some family and I know they would enjoy this one!)
Monica Pederson says
This recipe is delicious! These are all staple ingredients so its an easy weeknight quick dinner. Thank you!
So glad you loved it! You’re welcome!
Slow Cooker Lime Teriyaki Chicken. The description says cook on high 4-6 hours, but the recipe instructions says low 4-6 hours. This sounds like a good recipe to try. Thanks!
It’s low for 4-6 hours. Hope you love it!
Liane @ Foodie Digital says
Such a winner! And so easy to make too. The sauce was really flavorful. My whole family loved it. Thanks for the recipe!
You are welcome, Liane! Glad you loved it!
Made this the other night in the slow cooker and turned out delicious! I used low sodium soy sauce and less honey (because I ran out lol). We served it over rice and broccoli and my family loved it!
I forgot to give it 5 stars!!
Donna West says
Love your recipes. Out kitchen is being remodeled. I am relying on crock pot and instant pot for dinners. Thank you
Amy Rains says
You are welcome!