This Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I love that this recipe is loaded with both sweet and savory flavors. The combination of crushed pineapple and sugar with onion and garlic powder gives this a flavor reminiscent to your favorite Chinese takeout.
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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 easily 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!
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 thighs 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.
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.
Alongside the rice, I like to serve stir fry vegetables or my favorite steamed vegetables. It pairs exceptionally well with carrots, snow peas, and bell peppers.
- Chicken thighs
- Crushed pineapple
- Brown sugar
- Soy sauce
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
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.
- 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
- In your slow cooker, add chicken, brown sugar, soy sauce, crushed pineapple, salt, and pepper.
- Mix together.
- Set slow cooker high 4 hours.
- Turn off.
- Take out chicken and set aside.
- Make a slurry whisking cornstarch and water together in a bowl.
- 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.)
- Return chicken to slow cooker.
What Size Crockpot Should I Use?
For this recipe, I would use a 5-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 your recipe a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.