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Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken (Crockpot)

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6 servings

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This Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken is so easy and BIG on flavor! The crockpot makes it juicy and moist, with extra sauce for serving over rice. With VIDEO.

slow cooker sweet and sour chicken in crockpot with pineapple and peppers

I’m going to try to refrain from going on and on and on about my love for slow cookers.

I feel like I’ve probably done that somewhere before… just like I’ve also whined to you about how difficult it can be to get dinner on the table these days.

Another thing I love? CanadiAsian food.

I’m not ever going to claim I know anything about actual Asian/Chinese cuisine, but based on my limited experiences in restaurants in Manitoba, this is how we do our slow cooker sweet and sour chicken!

This crockpot sweet and sour chicken is a hit with the family, especially because it’s loaded with enough chunks of pineapple that they forget about all those peppers πŸ˜‰

We love sweet and sour sauce on everything.

And I love coming home to a perfectly cooked meal, or just calmly sipping a late afternoon cup of coffee instead of slaving over the stove like I ought to be.

slow cooker sweet and sour chicken on white rice on blue plate overhead

If you’re like me and you’re looking for even more easy slow cooker meals, check out these Easy Crockpot Meals, this Italian Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes, or these Crockpot Chicken and Noodles!

How to make this slow cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken:

  1. Put your chicken in the slow cooker (so far, so good, right??)
  2. Add your pineapple, vegetables and sauce.
  3. Turn on your crockpot.
  4. Grab a cup of coffee and watch your dinner make itself. Pretty great, right?!

Variations on this crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken:

The cooking time with this can vary for a lot of reasons. How full your slow cooker is, how hot your slow cooker is, the size of your pieces, etc. Here are some tips to slow down or speed up the cooking process.

  • Cook slower: If you’re looking to leave the chicken in a long time (8 hours or so), try putting the breasts in whole. A whole chicken breast will always take longer to cook, but that might be something you want if your slow cooker is less full and you need to leave the chicken in for quite a while. Back in the day before I knew the “rules”, I used to put the chicken in frozen when I worked out of the house all day. This isn’t generally recommended, but I’ve done it quite a few times and am still around to tell the tale πŸ˜‰
  • Cook faster: You can always cut the chicken into smaller pieces to cook more quickly, or make this recipe on the stove top. Simply brown the chicken, and pour the sauce over to simmer and thicken until the chicken is fully cooked. Dinner will be ready in no time!
crockpot sweet and sour chicken on plate close up on grey marble

Tools you’ll need for making this sweet and sour chicken recipe:

  • I love my 2.5 quart Crockpot for this recipe because it’s just the right size and because it fills nicely, my chicken doesn’t become dry or overcooked. You can absolutely use a larger slow cooker, just keep in mind that a crockpot that is less full will cook a little more quickly.
  • You definitely don’t need them, but if you find yourself short on clean up time, throw in a slow cooker liner and skip the scrubbing!

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

5 from 5 votes
{Slow Cooker} Sweet and Sour Chicken: the perfect crockpot meal to come home to after a long day! Great served over rice or noodles.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 363cal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ pieces (Or use thighs)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks (398ml)
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger


  • Place chicken, pineapple and peppers in a 2.5-4 quart slow cooker.
  • Combine sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, corn starch, garlic and ginger and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 1.5-2 hours.
  • *If needed, you can stir together 1-2 tbsp additional corn starch and water to thicken the sauce.
  • Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 363cal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 608mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 52.1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Rachel Goldstein says

    Can I use pre-made sweet and sour sauce, and let it cook for the same time in the recipe? As well as using fresh pineapple instead of canned?

  2. Rosita says

    I’m an American teacher living in China, and boy do I miss Western-style Chinese food. Authentic Chinese cuisine is an acquired taste. I tried this recipe exactly as written in my slow cooker on low for 4 hours with diced thighs and it was delicious. The sauce was so good and there’s plenty of it. I served it over white rice. It makes a lot for one and now I have yummy leftovers. Thank you for this great recipe.

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