Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. This recipe is loaded with flavor and easy to prepare in your favorite crockpot.

The combination of crushed pineapple and sugar with onion and garlic powder in this pineapple chicken recipe is reminiscent to your favorite Chinese takeout.

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Pineapple Chicken

If you like a sweet and sour chicken recipe, then this is a much simpler option that gives you all of that yummy sauce and flavor of a more traditional meal.

Since this isn’t deep-fried, it’s also a much healthier option than takeout chicken with pineapple sauce.

This cooks in just 4 hours, but if you have to be gone all day, you can turn the heat down lower and cook for 6-8 hours with just as good a result!

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Can I Use Chicken Breasts for Pineapple Chicken?

If you prefer to use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe, that is a great choice. I personally prefer the richer flavor of chicken thighs, but not everyone cares for dark meat.

Remember that chicken breasts can become dryer than other cuts of meat. In this case, the sauce should provide plenty of moisture, but cooking slow and low works best with breasts for optimum flavor and texture.

Is This a Good Freezer Meal?

Yes! I absolutely love this if I am making up bags of easy dump and go freezer meals. For this recipe, you would add everything except the cornstarch and water to the freezer bag.

Label and date the bag, then pull out the night before you want to cook. It will thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and can easily be dumped into your slow cooker the morning you wish to serve it to your family.

Pineapple Chicken

What Should I Serve with Pineapple Chicken?

I think that this recipe is perfect over your favorite rice. Brown rice, jasmine rice, basmati rice, or even saffron rice can all be great alongside this sweet and savory chicken.

With the rice, I like to serve stir fry vegetables or my favorite steamed veggies. It pairs exceptionally well with carrots, snow peas, and bell peppers.

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Ingredients needed for slow cooker chicken:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
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How to Prepare Pineapple Chicken

Measure and prepare your ingredients. Set aside the cornstarch and water for once the chicken has finished cooking.

Pour all of the ingredients into the slow cooker, except water and cornstarch. Mix together until the chicken is coated.

Place the lid on your slow cooker, and cook as directed.

Serve your pineapple chicken recipe with rice and vegetables.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

A delicious Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is the ideal meal for a busy weeknight! Sweet and savory flavors combine for a delicious chicken dinner!


  • 2 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 20oz can crushed pineapple
  • ⅓ C packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ C soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


    1. In your slow cooker, add chicken, brown sugar, soy sauce, crushed pineapple, salt, and pepper.
    2. Mix together.
    3. Set slow cooker high 4 hours.
    4. Turn off.
    5. Take out chicken and set aside.
    6. Make a slurry whisking cornstarch and water together in a bowl.
    7. Add to slow cooker and whisk to combine. (If you want your sauce thicker, add more by combining equal parts water and cornstarch, a little at a time.)
    8. Return chicken to slow cooker.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 322Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 173mgSodium 965mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 36g

These recipes are calculated as a courtesy. They are not intended as medical advice or guaranteed accurate. Please do your own calculations if necessary.

For this recipe, I would use a 7-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up.

If you want to double a recipe to freeze a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.

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