I am a SUCKER for a good crockpot recipe. Throw everything in a pan, turn it on, go to work, and come home to a hot meal...? Yes Please! What makes it even better is if you use a crockpot bag. Throw everything in a bag, tie it in a knot, and put it in the crockpot. When you are done, you pull the bag out, open it up, pour it into a bowl, and throw the bag out! The crockpot will be left with a little moisture In it that you can just wipe out! Voila!
You could probably turn this into a crock pot freezer meal easy enough. Throw everything into a Ziplock bag and freeze it for later! Which is a great idea if you are giving freezer meals to a new mom or someone who just had surgery!
Ok, here we go...
You will need:
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 cloves garlic,
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you aren't paleo, or tamari if you are just avoiding gluten and not soy!)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 T. chopped fresh ginger
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup cold water
3 TBLS Arrow Root powder (or cornstarch if you can have corn!)
Place chicken in the bottom of you crock put in a single layer.
Mix together the remaining ingredients, except the water & Arrow Root Powder.
Pour mixture over the chicken & Cook on High for 4 hours. (I actually did mine for 5, and my chicken was over cooked. If you have made this into a freezer meal, and it is frozen still, I would cook on low for 8-10 hours!) Or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork. Overcooked chicken is not so good...
When the chicken is done, remove the chicken, leaving all the "juices" in the crockpot. Shred the chicken with a fork.
Pour the "juices" into a medium sauce pan.
In a separate bowl, measure out your arrowroot powder. Slowly mix in 1/4 cup cold water, whisking as you pour.
Turn heat to medium high and bring liquid to a simmer. Slowly pour in arrow root mixture, whisking as your pour (you don't want lumpy sauce!). Continue to simmer until your teriyaki sauce thickens.
Side note: I own this wonderful thing called an instapot. It is a crockpot, pressure cooker, rice cooker, soup cooker, "sauter", yogurt maker, and more, all in one. It's great. So I took out my chicken, then poured the liquid out of the bag right into my pot, and turned it on "sauté" to bring it to a simmer. So for me, this was a 1 pot dinner! Clean up was still a breeze!
When sauce has thickened, pour over shredded chicken & mix together. Serve with lettuce wraps! Or, if you are one of those people that eats rice, this would be GREAT over rice.
Optional: I added some red pepper flakes to my teriyaki sauce to give it a little kick!