Easy Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe

Crockpot-Hawaiian-ChickenThis month I thought it would be fun to ease us all into the back-to-school mode with recipes that can be prepared ahead, are a breeze to put together, and allow us time around the dinner table to enjoy hearing from our kids how their days went with new teachers and friends. This recipe for easy Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken is the perfect transition dish to keep the flavors of summer alive as the days start to get cooler and the schedule chaos that surrounds the school activity calendar is in full swing.

I have long been a fan of the crockpot. There is nothing easier than putting ingredients together and 4-8 hours later having a meal ready to eat. I’ve used it during crazy sporting schedules, for keeping party foods warm, and on days that I know are going to be especially busy. I’ve had a cookbook on my shelf for 10 years dedicated to crockpot recipes and I can honestly say I have yet to go through each and every one. So many options are available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even beverages! This is just one book – now throw Pinterest into the mix and you are never more than a pin away from a fabulous new recipe.

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A popular trend on Pinterest are the fabulous ideas for freezer-meals made ready for the slow cooker. With a little bit of planning, one day of prep work, and a handful of Ziploc bags you are able to have a month’s worth of meals at the ready. This recipe for Easy Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken is an adaptation of a recipe I found on Saving You Dinero. It was part of a post for 5 Meals that you could prep ahead of time, store in the freezer, and then pop into the crockpot for an easy no-fuss meal.

Easy Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

4-5 chicken thighs
¼ c white sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 can (6 oz.) pineapple juice
½ cup fresh pineapple (or canned chunks)
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Combine sugar, vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, and pineapple juice in a bowl, whisk well. Set aside.

Place chicken into crockpot.
Cover with sauce mixture. Top with pineapple chunks.
Cover and cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.

The original recipe called for boneless chicken breasts, but I find that thighs are juicier and add more flavor. Plus, they tend to not dry out as much in the crockpot.


Serve over cooked rice or egg noodles.

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The added bonus to this is the fact that it is a freezer meal too – you can place all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag (make sure the chicken is in the center of bag so it will fit in the cooker) and freeze until ready to make.

This is perfect for the busy homework-filled nights I know are ahead!

Do you have a favorite crockpot meal? Do tell!

*recipe adapted from Saving You Dinero:  1 Hour + 1 Mess= 5 Crockpot Meals!

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Easy Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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6 comments

  1. shanna says:

    This was so good! I love it.

  2. Heather says:

    I’m sorry but this was the NASTIEST recipe I’ve ever tried. Inedible.

  3. Julianna says:

    This was DELICIOUS. My husbands top 5 fave meals now. Thank you for sharing!! I cook it with my homemade rice and veggies (add peas and carrots, tbsp butter and chicken boillion, salt and pepper to rice while its cooking).

  4. sounds good, i’ll try it out

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