Recipe: Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken

I saw a chicken crock pot recipe posted on Facebook this morning, and while it sounded yummy, after reading some of the comments it was apparent the recipe “lacked something”. So I fixed it, in both senses of the term.

I had bought 3.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale (five large breasts in a package) at my local Safeway store yesterday, not knowing I’d need them for this morning’s recipe makeover. I removed what little fat and gristle there was, and cut them into cubes, no larger than 1.5 inches… some smaller. Dropped it all in a large bowl to coat it.

In a small bowl, I made a coating of 2 Tbsp corn starch, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp ginger, and stirred in 1/4 cup water. I poured this mixture into the chicken cubes, and mixed well by hand.

I pan-seared the coated chicken in a large skillet. Not brown, just white on all edges. My technique: turn the eye to High, get it up to temperature a bit, drizzle in a couple tablespoons of olive oil (I actually used Avocado oil), and dump in the chicken; stir, stir, stir, separating the chicken cubes and getting the sides uniform; when about 3/4 done, turn off the heat and use the remaining heat to finish. Put the pan-seared chicken into a crock pot.

In a medium bowl, put a 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks with water, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 soy sauce. Mix well with a spoon, then pour the mixture evenly over the chicken cubes in the crock pot. Don’t mix.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice, with a side of steamed veggies.

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Cubed chicken breast

Cubed chicken breast

Corn starch, garlic power, ginger, and water

Corn starch, garlic power, ginger, and water

Pineapple chunks with juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce, before mixing

Pineapple chunks with juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce, before mixing

In the crockpot, 6:30am

In the crockpot, 6:30am

Shopping List

  • 2-4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks, with water/juice

On Hand (Or add to Shopping List)

  • Corn starch
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ginger
  • Brown sugar (dark or light)
  • Soy sauce

Short Directions

  1. Cube chicken, put in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbsp corn starch, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1/4 cup water .  Add to chicken cubes.  Toss to coat.
  3. Pan-sear coated chicken cubes in a large skillet til white all around. Not brown, don’t “cook” – lightly pan-sear.
  4. Put pan-seared chicken in crock pot.
  5. In a small bowl, mix 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks with water/juice, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup soy sauce. Pour mixture over chicken in crock pot; don’t mix.
  6. Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  7. Serve with rice and steamed veggies.

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