This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soy Vay for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
This Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe is absolutely perfect when you're craving Chinese take out! Juicy chicken, pineapple, onion, and teriyaki sauce over rice - your family will prefer the homemade version for sure!
Ok, indulge me for a minute. Raise your hand if you're a working mom? Raise your hand if you're at stay at home mom? Ok, now can we all just agree that being a mom in both capacities is HARD?? I have a unique perspective because I was a working mom, and now I'm a work-at-home mom. I can completely verify that BOTH ARE HARD. If you've landed on my blog, I think I pretty much predict that you're a person who wants to cook for your family as much as possible, but sometimes there's just not enough time in the day.
And to that I say: AMEN.
I hope you feel like you've come to the right place! I'm right there with you, friend. Something I've learned, and I hope to inspire you with this as well, is to allow myself some grace. There are seasons of life where certain tasks and jobs are much easier than others. As a work-at-home mom of 3 kids, one of which is a toddler who is home with me all day, I definitely have the temptation to order dinner out. The mental and physical energy it takes to plan out dinners, get the grocery list together, find time to go to the store (preferably without kids), prepare and cook the meals - I'll admit, some weeks I just struggle!
I will tell you though, the simple task of cooking dinner for my family makes me feel really good about myself. It may sound silly, but it's so true! Last week in particular, I was really feeling in the mood to get takeout Chinese food so I set out to try and recreate one of our favorites here at home. I kept it simple while my last grocery trip though Target: chicken thighs, rice, pineapple, onion, and my favorite Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce.
You guys - this dinner was SO GOOD! Moist, flavorful, and that sauce is out of this world. Top it with some fresh sliced green onion!
One of the reasons why I really love this recipe is the cost - it's SO affordable and it makes plenty for our very hungry family of 5. This would easily work with any type of skinless chicken that's on sale, and actually the cheaper bone-in cuts work even better in the slow cooker because of the moisture it retains. I definitely recommend serving this with extra teriyaki sauce drizzled on top - yum!
I've tried different kinds of store-bought teriyaki in the past, and Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki is by far my favorite. I LOVE the sesame seeds in the sauce! It's truly wonderful as both a marinade and a sauce, just the right consistency. Plus, you can't any easier than opening up the bottle and pouring it on your dish! You can very easily find it in the oriental grocery aisle at Target. Be sure to Save 20% with the Target Cartwheel app!
What's your favorite takeout meal to cook at home? Leave your recipe idea in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!