Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken is a quick and easy meal that you can make on a weeknight that will transport you to the Hawaiian Islands.

The first time I make Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken it was because we were looking for a healthier option to replace Sweet and Sour Chicken, which is one of our favorite takeout meals. As in the past this post is generously sponsored by Foster Farms, who I use exclusively for chicken and have since I was a kid growing up in California. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!The tangy and sweet sauce with the pineapples, onions and bell peppers is a flavor we weren’t looking to lose, but the deep fried chunks of chicken had to go. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!Foster Farms is a player in the “New Comfort Food” movement which looks to take recipes out of the box, use local, fresh and high quality products (which by the way are antibiotic free) and change the way you think of comfort food. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!Gone is the old school Sweet and Sour Chicken takeout and here today is an amazing Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken that helps you keep your time management in check after you get home from work or school.

With just fifteen minutes of prep time in the morning you can come home, put some rice on the stovetop and by the time it is done cooking you’ll have a fantastic home cooked meal with fresh ingredients instead of takeout! Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!Comfort Food is moving in a whole new direction these days. People are interested in knowing more about the quality of the products they’re using and where they’re coming from.

Fruits and vegetables are making their way onto the dinner plates with much more frequency and according to a Foster Farms national survey, more than 80 percent choose healthier recipes and more fruits and veggies in their comfort food meals.

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!

Tools Used in the making of this Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken:
Low Sodium Soy Sauce – I find regular soy sauce much too salty, remember you can always add salt but you can’t subtract it. Starting with low sodium allows you to alter to your tastes if necessary.
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

4.91 from 21 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!

Ingredients

  • 4 Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Thighs (bone-in and skin on)
  • 2 cups pineapple cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 yellow onion , cut into 1" chunks
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds , optional
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 red bell pepper , cut into 1" chunks
  • parsley , for garnish

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Using a skillet or the cast aluminum slow cooker insert, brown your Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Thighs on both sides for 3-5 minutes over high heat then remove them from the slow cooker.

  2. Add the pineapple and onion to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Mix the honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic into the slow cooker.
  4. Carefully add the Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Thighs back into the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 5 hours or on high for 3 hours

  6. Add the cornstarch to a tablespoon of water, mix, and add to the slow cooker with the bell peppers and let it cook an additional 30 minutes while you cook some rice to accompany your meal.

  7. Serve with parsley for a garnish if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 193 calories, Calories: 193g, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 513mg, Potassium: 158mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 18.6g, Vitamin C: 49.1g, Calcium: 4.2g, Iron: 4.5g

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken with crispy chicken thighs, fresh pineapple chunks, onions and bell pepper takes 15 minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal to come home to after a long workday!

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Can you replace thighs with breasts? I don’t like dark meat. If the replacement works, do you leave the bone in the breasts or do you use boneless?

    1. Breast tend to dry out a bit in a slow cooker. If you’re going to use them, I would suggest bone in as that will help to keep them moist. Enjoy!

  2. SLOW COOKER HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE CHICKEN: I have a question. Since I don’t own the special crockpot that you used to make this dish, it says to fry the chicken thighs in a skillet first. I would presume you would use some olive oil or vegetable oil to fry them in??? Nothing was stated.

  3. It looks divine. Can I substitute ground ginger for fresh? I will make it this week-end. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Hi, I’m confused about the amount of liquid in this recipe. Am I missing something? The few teaspoons of liquid won’t even cover the meat half way, correct? Where is all the sauce in the pictures coming from? I want to make this recipe, just confused about this..

    1. The chicken will cook down and release liquid so as long as you follow the recipe card, it’ll be perfect. Enjoy!

  5. I made this for dinner tonight. My husband had a bad day at work. So, we went out to eat instead. We will eat this tomorrow. I hope it’s great!!

  6. This recipe looked so delicious that I decided to make it this morning. I have always found
    (as has been mentioned) that thighs are a better bet for the slow cooker, especially for
    flavor. One might be able to prevent the drying out of chicken breasts by adding chicken
    broth etc, but they don’t seem to provide the same flavor in most recipes that I have tried.
    I also added a few extra vegetables to this recipe. We as a family like them in this type of a recipe.
    As a new member, I will look forward to tying some other recipes. All of the chicken ones look excellent. MANY THANKS !

  7. Would recommend using skinless chicken thighs…found the sauce to be a bit greasy…I even browned the chicken before adding to the crockpot but still found the skin came off in the sauce. Otherwise super delicious and the whole family liked it! Definitely making it again!

  8. I made this with boneless chicken thighs, trimmed most of the fat. It was really good! I only did 3/4 of the sugar and served with some jasmine rice.
    I will try next time with skin on thighs to see if they’re more crispy. I really liked how this came out but it wasn’t that crisp. I did brown each piece on both sides for 3 mins each side. I shortened the cooking time to 2 hours with slow cooker on high.

  9. Sabrina
    Made this recipe with chicken and loved it. I have decided to try same recipe using country style pork ribs. Should I also sear the ribs before adding to the crock pot? Do you think this change will work? Thanks.
    Rich

  10. My house if full of picky eaters! EXTREAMLY PICKY! Everyone loves this dinner. So do I! my non-veggie..only dry chicken child said “that really good I would est that again” 🙂 I make extra for lunch leftovers with rice. I put both thighs and white meat and the white was definitely drier but no one complained, but I prefer the thighs. Thank you so much for sharing -?????

  11. My house if full of picky eaters! EXTREAMLY PICKY! Everyone loves this dinner. So do I! my non-veggie..only dry chicken child said “that really good I would est that again” 🙂 I make extra for lunch leftovers with rice. I put both thighs and white meat and the white was definitely drier but no one complained, but I prefer the thighs. Thank you so much for sharing -?????

  12. Too sweet, for us and missing something. But it is easy to make ahead, so I might make it again with half the amount of sugar and honey.

  13. Can you use breasts instead of thighs? Would like to try the recipe but do not eat dark meat. Thank you.

    1. I’m always hesitant to use breasts for fear that they’ll dry out while in the slow cooker though I have seen other commenters state that they’ve used them with no issue. As long as you know that going in, I’d say give it a try.

  14. Made this for dinner today. Instead of thighs I used breasts and just didn’t brown them because I was afraid of them drying out. It was soo delicious. My husband said it was best chicken he has ever had! Thanks for the share!

  15. Can we just add the cornstarch to the sauce when we make it up? That way we don’t have to try to mix it in later?

    1. I’m not sure it would work but you can try it. The reason I add at the end is becuase the sauce will thicken a bit while cooking so you you’ll get it to the right consistency.

    1. You really don’t want to overcrowd your slow cooker. My suggestion would be to try and position them to maybe prop up a bit more on the side vs laying them on top of each other.

    1. Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets.

    1. I haven’t tested it but I’m not sure it would work. My concern is that wings are smaller and have less meat on them than thighs. I’m not sure there would be enough fat to render down in the slow cooker. Sorry.

  16. I have never been accused of being a good cook, not even a poor cook.  However,  this looks wonderful!  My biggest problem with the crock pot is that everything comes out watery.  I think you may have solved this problem for me as adding the cornstarch will thicken the sauce, correct?  I’m going to give the crockpot a second chance and see if adding cornstarch to some of the recipes so they won’t be so watery.  Ya think?

    1. That will help. Also, make sure that your chicken is fully thawed before putting it into the crock pot (I even pat my dry with paper towels a bit) that will help eliminate any excess water being added while cooking.