Slow Cooker Tamari-Glazed Chicken

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If you haven’t met soy sauce’s bigger, bolder cousin, tamari – you should try it. Tamari has the benefit of having little to no wheat (although double check the label if you’re gluten intolerant), and its flavor is deeper and more complex than soy sauce. You’ll love this Slow Cooker Tamari-Glazed Chicken recipe.

Once you try tamari, it will forever have a place on your pantry shelf.

However, tamari isn’t the only star in this healthy chicken dish. The sauce for this glazed chicken recipe is a standout. It’s filled with sweet, sour and savory flavors – along with a little heat. And this tamari chicken utilizes summer greens – in this case bok choy – to bring all of the flavors together. This is a slow cooked meal to write home about.

Slow Cooker Tamari-Glazed Chicken

Slow Cooker Tamari-Glazed Chicken

Yields: 8 servings | Calories: 176 | Total Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 714mg | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 14g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5


  • 8 boneless chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 white onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup pea pods
  • 2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced


  1. Season the chicken thighs with the Chinese 5-spice powder.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until browned on both sides, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Lay the onions in the bottom of your slow cooker pot, and lay the chicken pieces on top.
  4. Whisk the broth, vinegar, tamari, coconut sugar, red chili flakes, and bay leaf together and pour over the chicken.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3-4. When the chicken is done, add the pea pods and cook 10 minutes, or until soft.
  6. Serve topped with the scallions.

4 Comments on "Slow Cooker Tamari-Glazed Chicken"

  1. Toni  April 10, 2017

    Recipe indicates pea pods while description indicates bok choy???

    • Gale Compton  April 10, 2017

      Toni, Whoops, bok choy mention has been removed.

  2. Katrina Miller  February 10, 2019

    I saw this as a freezer meal. But instructions don’t look like it would be a freezer meal. I’m confused.

    • Chef Sallie  February 11, 2019

      Hi Katrina! Sorry for the confusion. In order to make this a freezer meal, follow all instructions up to adding the pea pods. You can add them and finish cooking, then add the scallions right before you’re ready to serve the dish. The rest of the ingredients will hold up well in the freezer. Have a great day!


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