Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

Chicken Main Dishes Recipes Slow Cooker

Cook time Cook time: 8 hours

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is made with tender chicken thighs soaked in a sweet and savory sauce that is bursting with pineapple flavors. This is a super easy recipe to follow with only 15 minutes of prep time!

Slow Cooker recipes are some of the easiest to make because you simply dump the ingredients in the pot and wait to do its magic. My all-time favorite crockpot dishes are Corned Beef with Cabbage, Pineapple Pork Loin, and Lamb Stew.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

This Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken is bursting with flavors and aromas. Made with chicken thighs, pineapple, bell peppers, and brown sugar this dish will definitely impress you. And the best part about it is that you can make it during those busy days with pretty much no effort. 

It requires only 15 minutes of preparation time. So, you can quickly prepare the ingredients in the morning, and let them slowly cook for 7-8 hours. Then, when you come home from work, you will be rewarded with a flavorful and delicious dinner. 

This dish is similar to Sweet and Sour Chicken but it is lighter and heartier. It is perfect to serve over white rice or brown rice. Alternatively, it makes a great sandwich and is perfect for family dinners, game day, or larger gatherings.

What is Hawaiian Chicken?

It is a sweet and tangy dish that is made with pineapple chunks, chicken meat, brown sugar, and some type of veggies like bell pepper. In addition, this is a healthy meal that is also gluten-free and dairy-free. Usually served over white rice.

How to make Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken?

  1. Prepare the meat: I use chicken thighs as they are the most flavorful and succulent. When cooked for a longer period, the meat is tender and extra juicy. However, you can also go with boneless chicken breast or even drumsticks. Place the thighs in the crockpot. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients: Next, add the rest of the ingredients on top, along with brown sugar. 
  3. Cook: Place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours, or HIGH for 3-4 hours
  4. Add the cornstarch slurry: During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the cornstarch slurry to the pot. Simply whisk cornstarch with one tablespoon of water and add it to the slow cooker. Then, close the lid and let it cook for 30 more minutes. 
  5. Serve: I recommend serving it warm over some white or brown rice, or some veggies on the side.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Recipe Variations:

  • Make it with other meats: Instead of chicken, feel free to use beef, ribs, pork, or turkey. The cooking time will be the same. 
  • Add other veggies: Want more veggies? Then, do not hesitate to add some to the mix. Go with what you like here. If going with other vegetables, I would recommend adding them during the last hour of cooking. This will prevent them from getting mushy. 
  • Spicier: To add some heat to it, chop some jalapeno pepper and add to the pot. Also, you can use dried red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper,
  • Omit brown sugar: For a healthier version, you can substitute brown sugar with honey altogether. 
  • Add bbq sauce: Barbecue sauce can be used as well. It will add a nice smokey flavor to this meal. 

How to make Hawaiian Chicken in the Instant Pot? 

This recipe can also be easily made in the Instant Pot. Follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the ingredients: Slice the meat, and veggies into smaller and uniform pieces. 
  2. Cook: Then, combine the chunked ingredients into the pot and set the Instant Pot to cook under high pressure. 
  3. Make the sauce mixture: Whisk together cornstarch and orange juice. Next, pour the sauce on top and gently stir. Saute the ingredients for another 3 minutes with the lid open.
  4. Serve: Serve warm over rice.

See the full Instant Pot version here

How to make Hawaiian Chicken in the oven? 

Check out this post for the oven version

What to serve with Hawaiian Chicken?

This recipe is quite healthy and flavorful and goes well with plenty of side dishes. Some of my favorite ways to enjoy it is with:

How to store leftovers?

To refrigerate: First, let leftover completely cool. Then, transfer it to an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

To freeze: Let the dish completely cool. Use a freezer-safe dish to freeze it for up to 3 months. 

Thaw: You can thaw it overnight, and then heat it up using the microwave. 

More delicious slow cooker recipes: 

Recipe tip:

  • If time allows, brown the meat in a skillet for about 2-3 minutes on each side. This will lock in the flavors and make it even more delicious.
  • Also, you can marinate the meat for about 30 minutes prior to slow cooking it. This will make it extra tender and even more flavorful. 
  • Pork chops can be used instead of poultry here as well. 
  • Double the ingredients if you want to double the recipe. The cooking time will be the same.
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5 from 7 reviews

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is made with tender chicken tights soaked in a sweet and savory sauce that is bursting with pineapple flavors.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 30 mins


Slow Cook:

Cornstarch Slurry:



Nutrition information

Carbohydrates: 67 Protein: 41 Fat: 49 Saturated Fat: 12 Cholesterol: 223 Sodium: 1273 Potassium: 973 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 50 Vitamin A: 1575 Vitamin C: 128 Calcium: 80 Iron: 3 Calories: 766
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Amber Myers

This looks scrumptious! I love when I can use my slow cooker, so I will have to keep this recipe in mind.



This looks so good! I'm hoping it will still be just as delicious if I substitute tofu for the chicken.


Sarah Bailey

This sounds absolutely delicious - definitely a meal I could see myself enjoying! Thank you!



Love this slow cooker recipe. The pineapple is so good in the chicken dish!


Ruth I

Look how the sauce shines and it's making me so hungry. I love chicken recipe they're my family and personal go to meal. I'm excited to try this one and o know that this will come out so amazing.


Nikki Wayne

I can imagine how this saucy dish tastes like,yum!



I bet this smells amazing! Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe as always!



I have never had Hawaiian food before but just looking at this dish makes me want to make it ASAP!



This sure does look delicious. I don't think I've ever tried Hawaiian chicken before. I definitely want to give it a try now.



This Hawaiian chicken looks delicious. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.


Tara @ Mama's Money Diary

I'm always looking for more slow cooker recipes and this looks delicious. I'll be checking out your other slow cooker recipes!


Kita Bryant

Oh this looks so sticky and sweet and savory! I would love to make this.



This recipe makes me feel hungry and I would love to try this at home I will save this post Thanks to this <3


Hannah Jones

What a delicious slow cooker recipe! Pineapple is my favorite always want to add it to any dish even in pizza! Maybe next weekend I will try this out for poker night.


Sandy Ramstack

I'm alittle confused. Your beginning directions said to add 1 tablesppon of water to cornstarch to make slurry but in the ingriedients you say 4 tablespoons orange juice and 2 tablespoons cornstarch to make slurry. I'm making it first week of Jan. and would love a quick response. Sound delicious.


Hi Sandy, I am sorry, but I don't see where I said 1 tablespoon of water to cornstarch. You have to use the orange juice and cornstarch mixture.



It is stated on # 4 towards the top, Add the cornstarch slurry: During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the cornstarch slurry to the pot. Simply whisk cornstarch with one tablespoon of water and add it to the slow cooker. Then, close the lid and let it cook for 30 more minutes.



I’m confused on why I have to sear the chicken before I put it in the crockpot..wouldn’t it cook in the crockpot?


To give it more flavor and texture, the slow cooker makes it very soft and tender, if you don's sear it, it will easily fall apart.



Should I wait to cut up the chicken after I sear it or beforehand? Also will it make a big difference if I have no lime zest?


Cut it before you sear it, the lime zest adds some flavor but is not a deal breaker.



Delicious, only 1 tweek. The final product was still quite runny so next time I'll double the cornstarch slurry.


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