Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe (Freezer Meal)

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Easy Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Freezer Meal

This easy Hawaiian chicken crockpot recipe is a sweet-sour combination, delicious with hot cooked rice and stir-fried vegetables. This is one recipe that even my pickiest eaters like. Plus, it is one of THE QUICKEST and EASIEST recipes to make!

Chicken in crock pot

Perfect for Meal Planning

Because this Hawaiian crockpot chicken is so easy to make, I do 3-4 dinners of it and stick the extras in the freezer. This recipe is one you can pull out of the freezer, defrost in the microwave and then just put it in the slow cooker and it is ready after a busy workday or day running the kids around to activities.

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Hawaiian chicken ingredients in crockpot

Ingredients

Since this Hawaiian chicken is topped with pineapple, I like to just buy the canned stuff and then I use the juice from the can as well. You could go with fresh pineapple but we’re trying to make it as easy as possible here!

Other than that, this recipe doesn’t really have any complicated ingredients – you might even have most of them on hand already.  If you like a little more flavor with your chicken I would recommend shredding the meat into the sauce.

Slow cooker hawaiian chicken on rice

Serving Tips

As I said above, this recipe goes great served over some hot rice. To make your rice cooking easy and hands-off, I highly recommend investing in a good rice cooker:

I also like to serve my Hawaiian chicken with a side of vegetables. You could try these slow cooker carrots or this quick buttered broccoli recipe! You could also just do a side of vegetables with dip.

Hawaiian chicken freezer meal

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Crockpot hawaiian chicken recipe

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe (Freezer Meal)

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 hours 30 mins
Yield: 1 slow cooker | Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice, drained
  • 1 onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken to slow cooker.
  2. Add pineapple chunks, onion, and bell pepper to slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Pour thick sauce into slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 5 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  5. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth and add to the slow cooker. Gently stirring a bit to incorporate into the liquid.
  6. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with cooked rice and garnish with parsley or green onion, if desired.
  8. Preparing for the Freezer:

  9. Place seasoned raw chicken into a large resealable bag. Add the pineapple chunks, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, and sauce. Freeze. (Keep cornstarch on hand for when ready to cook.)
  10. Prepare After Freezing:

  11. Let thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Then dump contents of bag into slow cooker and cook, as instructed above.

Notes

If you prefer slightly more crisp bell pepper pieces, add the chopped bell pepper to the slow cooker later on, when you add the cornstarch.

Recipe Adapted From: Dinner, Then Dessert

Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Chicken, Garlic, Ginger, Honey, Pineapple, Pineapple Juice, Soy Sauce, Sugar
Meal Type: Main Dish, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Slow Cooker

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