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Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Crockpot Pineapple Chicken is sweet and tangy and made with just SIX ingredients! You can prep ahead and freeze before cooking. Step by step video down in the recipe card.

crockpot pineapple chicken breasts in slow cooker overhead

This Crockpot Pineapple Chicken is the first in a new month of Six Ingredient Slow Cooker Suppers (see all of my Six Ingredient Suppers here).

We love pineapple on and in everything (I know there are those who feel differently!), and this pineapple chicken made with just a few ingredients is a new favorite.

It’s so easy I’m sure my 8 year old could prep it by herself!

How to get perfect slow cooker chicken breasts:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 5 or so years that I’ve been testing and fine tuning recipes, it’s that chicken breasts do not need to cook more than 2 or 3 hours on low.

The exact time will be dependant on the thickness of your chicken breasts and how hot your slow cooker cooks on either temperature setting, but in my 2.5 quart crockpot about half to two-thirds full, my chicken breasts are cooked through in 2-3 hours.

close up image of slow cooker pineapple chicken breasts

The longer you cook them past the point of doneness, the drier they will be. So when people ask if they can cook a chicken breast recipe for 8 hours? The answer is, “you can. But do you want to?”

A meat thermometer is the only accurate way to test for doneness in any meat — so please do not assess according to color.

The other tip I have for getting really juicy chicken breasts out of the crockpot is to leave them whole. Smaller pieces will cook and dry out quicker, so leaving them whole is always your best bet if possible.

Variations on this Pineapple Chicken recipe:

  • If you want to use fresh pineapple, check out my post on How to Cut a Pineapple. Since there is a significant amount of juice in the can, you’ll want to also add about 3/4 cup pineapple juice or chicken broth.
  • Feel free to add in some veggies: since this chicken recipe doesn’t cook too long, you can add thinly sliced carrots, onions or peppers from the beginning. If you want to add vegetables with a short cook time, like broccoli or green beans, I recommend adding those near the end.
  • Add a splash or sriracha or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat
  • Add a 1/4 cup barbecue sauce for barbecue pineapple chicken
overhead image of plate of rice with sliced pineapple chicken

Can I make this on the stove top?

You can definitely make this recipe in a skillet if you don’t have a crockpot, or if you’re short on time.

Place all of the ingredients in the skillet the same way you would put them in the slow cooker, and simmer on medium-low heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Always use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of the chicken — you are looking for a minimum of 165 degrees F.

Can I make this Pineapple Chicken in the oven?

You can also make this Pineapple Chicken in the oven.

Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a large baking dish. Whisk together the sauce as the recipe requires, then pour over the chicken breasts in the pan.

Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes until the thickest part of the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Can I use chicken thighs or bone in chicken?

You can swap in boneless skinelss chicken thighs for the chicken breasts with no other changes to the recipe or cook time.

If you wish to use bone in chicken breasts or thighs, you will want to increase the cook time to 5-6 hours on low.

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Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 375cal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can pineapple chunks with juice (398ml or 14oz)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or sub white)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in 2.5-4 quart slow cooker.
  • Drain juice from pineapple chunks.
  • Whisk together pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, corn starch, garlic and salt and pepper. Pour over chicken breasts and top with pineapple.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-4 hours (3 is usually perfect for me) until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Taste sauce and adjust seasonings and sweetness as desired before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 375cal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords pineapple chicken

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  1. Beth says

    This is so perfect as I was literally just looking for a recipe that could be frozen then dumped in a crockpot! With these busy upcoming months, I was looking for a recipe just like this that is easy to prep and so delicious!

  2. Brandy says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Super easy to put together. I was a little worried since I only had crushed pineapple. I did everything as directed I just had the pineapple in the mixture instead of putting on top since I couldn’t separate the crushed stuff from the juice. It turned out fantastic. Thanks for the easy weeknight meal!

  3. Gary says

    The recipe looks great, but I have a lot of chicken parts in the freezer. What modifications would be necessary to put all of these various parts into the recipe and get the same delicious result?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Gary! I’m really not sure, as every “chicken part” cooks differently and for different lengths of time. You would have best results if you separate them into “like parts” and then find a cooking time for each by googling slow cooker cook time for breasts/thighs/drumsticks/etc

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