Skinny Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

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Skinny teriyaki chicken bowl

You will LOVE this skinny teriyaki chicken bowl! I love this recipe because it is made up of fresh healthy ingredients with no added sugars or preservatives. This recipes tastes sweet from raw honey and gives you great teriyaki flavor!

You wont miss out on any flavor with this satisfying Healthy Teriyaki Chicken!

For years we have been trying to make healthy dinners that still taste great! SOmetimes healthy eating can be associated with flavorless food or too much work! Thats why I create recipes that are fast and easy with TONS of flavor!

This skinny teriyaki bowl is soy free, gluten free, dairy free and preservative free. I have also provided lots of substitute items so you can easily make this recipe with the food you have in the house. My kids and husband ate this up quickly so a huge win in our household. TIP: if you like to add a little kick to your dish top of your plate with some sriracha!

Why you will love this Skinny Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Is chicken teriyaki healthy?

Yes! This healthy teriyaki chicken marinade is made with whole healthy ingredients. No sugar! Only natural sweeteners like raw honey which makes this a great healthy recipe you will want to enjoy over and over again!

Ingredients you will need for this healthy teriyaki chicken recipe.

  • chicken thighs (or chicken breasts)
  • yellow onion
  • coconut aminos
  • apple cider vinegar
  • honey
  • fresh ginger (or ground ginger)
  • garlic cloves (or garlic powder)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • tapioca flour (or corn starch)
  • water

What are coconut aminos? What can I use instead if I do not have them?

Coconut aminos is a sauce made from coconut palm and sea salt (Its soy, wheat and gluten free) making it a healthy alternative to soy sauce for those with allergies or food sensitivities. 
If desired you can use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos.  

How to make the teriyaki sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. 

How to make this skinny teriyaki chicken?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What cut of chicken can I use?

Chicken thighs are the best for full flavor but you can also use chicken breasts. If you use chicken breasts then cook closer to 4 hours so you do not overcook the breasts. 

What to serve with skinny teriyaki chicken?

Serve with a fresh cucumber salad or fruit bowl on the side. 

How to store honey teriyaki chicken?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make Skinny Teriyaki Chicken Bowls? 👇 

Skinny Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

This skinny teriyaki chicken bowl is made up of whole healthy ingredients. Preservative free and clean eating healthy teriyaki chicken bowl.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Healthy Teriyaki Chicken, Skinny Teriyaki Chicken
Servings: 4
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


  • 2 lb chicken thighs or chicken breast
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced

Teriyaki Sauce (Blend Together):

  • 3/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
  • 3 cloves garlic (or 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/8 tsp crushed chili flakes
  • 2 tsp tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add chicken and onion into slow cooker and pour sauce over chicken.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • Serve over rice and enjoy! (Optional: Garnish with fresh green onions and sesame seeds)

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for three to four months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours. (May need an extra 30 minutes if completely frozen when placed in slow cooker).
  • Serve over rice and enjoy! (Optional: Garnish with fresh green onions and sesame seeds)


  • Substitute fresh ginger or garlic cloves with dried if needed.
  • If you do not have coconut aminos and are not concerned about being 100% gluten free you can use soy sauce.
  • May substitute corn flour for tapioca flour.
  • Use any cut of chicken you prefer, If using chicken breast cook for 4-5 hours as 6 hours will overcook the chicken. 

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Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

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Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

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Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Not this teriyaki sauce! Traditional teriyaki sauce can be high in sodium and sugar. Which is why this homemade teriyaki sauce is perfect! Low in sodium and no artificial sugar. 

A premade teriyaki sauce is going to be very high in sugar, additives and sodium. Homemade teriyaki sauces are healthy and sugar easy to make!

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

This homemade teriyaki sauce is healthier because it is made using honey as a natural sweetener and coconut aminos containing a lower sodium content than soy sauce. 

Absolutely! This recipe was created with the intent of being a healthy clean eating dish so you can feel good about what you’re feeding your family. 

The history of teriyaki sauce can be traced back to Japanese immigrants who settled in Hawaii. They used local products available to them like pineapple juice and soy sauce to create a marinade and over time what we know as teriyaki sauce was born! 

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