Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

by | Apr 23, 2014 | Dinner, For the Slow Cooker, Healthier Options, Meat and Chicken | 15 comments

This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is the perfect combination of salty and sweet and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is the perfect combination of salty and sweet and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

Last weekend, Doodle attended a bowling party with kids from his karate school – he’s the youngest one in the group, and has such a blast hanging out with the “big kids.”

Seriously, this bunch of young people is awesome.   First of all, some of these kiddos have very well-deserved black belts by age 9 (!!!), and to watch what they can do with a bow staff/nunchucks/swords kind of blows my mind.   I’m not sure what I was doing at that age, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t backflips and jump-kicks higher than my head.

Not only that, but every single kid in this group is kind and supportive and willing to take time to help Doodle learn.   He sometimes gets frustrated trying to keep up with kids who’ve been doing karate much longer than he has, and isn’t very patient with mom and dad when we try to help…but if Ben or Bryce or Molly show him what to do, he actually pays attention and listens.

Oh, and apparently they are teaching him to put away pizza like no one’s business.

When I arrived at the party to pick him up, his coach told me she cut him off from eating pizza because after eating four or five pieces, she was worried he’d get a stomach ache.  “Do you usually let him eat that much?” she asked.  At this point, I’m wondering if she had the right kid, because it’s usually a fight at dinner to get him to eat half of a hot dog and two bites of corn.

This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is the perfect combination of salty and sweet and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

So when I made this Hawaiian Chicken the other evening and he ate an entire sandwich, I knew this recipe was a winner!

It’s super easy, requires only a handful of ingredients – and you can serve it in many different ways: on buns, tortillas, or with rice or veggies.  We like to add chopped red onion, chopped cilantro, and extra pineapple slices to ours.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken
 
Serves: serves 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 or 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to your heat preference)
  • 8 whole wheat buns
  • for serving, optional: pineapple rings, diced red onion, chopped cilantro
Method
  1. Place chicken into crock pot. Cover chicken with remaining ingredients, through the red pepper. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Shred chicken and serve on buns; top with additional pineapple, red onion and/or cilantro.

 

15 Comments

  1. Amy | Club Narwhal

    9 year old black belts–go them! That’s so sweet how the karate kids have taken Doodle in 🙂 These sandwiches look amazing–especially since they are made with a slow cooker!!

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  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    My kids would love this – and I love that it’s pretty much fuss-free! 🙂

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  3. Lauren

    This looks delicious- and easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Stephanie

    This looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

    A slice of pineapple is always welcome on any sandwich of mine. This recipe sounds wonderful. I love the crushed pineapple, lime, honey combo. And with red pepper flakes for some excitement, I’ll be making this one soon. Pinned and thanks for the recipe.

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  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Wow! That is an amazing group of kids! This chicken looks fantastic Ashley! Pinned!

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  7. SHEILA

    THIS RECIPE LOOKS WONDERFUL, CAN’T WAIT TO TRY. I ESPECIALLY TOOK NOTICE OF THE NAME DOODLE, I HAVE A 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND I HAVE ALWAYS CALLED HER DOODLE (NICKNAME) HER REAL NAME IS AMBER. SHE’S ALWAYS ASKING HOW I CAME UP WITH THIS NICKNAME AND I’M REALLY NOT SURE HOW IT CAME ABOUT.

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  8. Teneshia

    Looks good will be trying this over some steamed rice and broccoli

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  9. Jennifer @ MondoMom

    Can’t get enough slow cooker recipes! And this one looks especially delish! 🙂

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  10. Diane

    This was super easy to make, and was absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely be making these sandwiches again.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  11. Sarah

    Looks delish! Think it would freeze well too?

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  12. lesley

    This recipe needs something else, maybe a sauce? It was surprisingly bland. If it wasn’t for the cilantro and onion, it wouldn’t have tasted like anything.

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  14. leah

    This was an OK recipe and I would not have made again except the kids loved it both nights we had it. I would drain the pineapple next time. It was really, really soupy.

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  15. Jane

    I had to cook for 100 people this week for our weekly end of Vacation Bible School volunteer appreciation luncheon. I needed something to fit into our “under water” theme so I picked this. It turned out beautifully! I used 20 lbs of chicken, 10 cans of crushed pineapple, juice from 10 limes, garlic, 2 Cups of soy sauce, and roughly 10 TBSP of honey. I used my giant roaster pan and cooked it at 200 for about 8 hours, then I shredded the chicken and discarded about 4-5 Cups of the leftover juice and then let it cook on the lowest setting for me that was 150 until noon. Everyone loved the chicken and it was a huge success. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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