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Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Yes, it’s possible (and EASY) to create a healthy and delicious dinner using only your slow cooker! This Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is proof of that!

pineapple chicken in a white bowl with spoon

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is just the right amount of sweet and spicy. Plus, there are endless variations you can make by substituting different flavors of BBQ sauce.


It’s a meal the whole family will love and you can feel good about serving it to them. It’s light, healthy, and packed with pineapple enzymes that aid in digestion… Perfect for a summer evening or whenever you’re craving grilled food but don’t want to fire up the grill.


There are so many benefits to eating pineapple! It’s a versatile food that tastes great in both sweet and savory recipes. Besides containing bromelain (an enzyme that aids in digestion), pineapples are high in Vitamin C and other nutrients that studies have shown fight cancer, slow the aging process, and suppress inflammation.


Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is a delicious way to get the protein and other nutrients you need to keep up with your family’s active lifestyle.


Try serving this delicious protien-packed dish over my Instant Pot Brown Rice or Instant Pot Jasmine Rice. You can even try quinoa or cauliflower rice. Or, how about dishing it up with some Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter?pineapple chicken ingredients in a slow cooker

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Pineapple Chicken…

  • chicken breasts or tenders
  • pineapple chunks
  • red onion
  • bell peppers
  • salt
  • pepper
  • BBQ sauce

Add some extra flavor and beautiful color to your dish. Green onions or cilantro can be used for a garnish.

Use your favorite BBQ sauce or try some of the different flavor variations that are available at your favorite grocery store. Fruit-flavored BBQ sauces give Pineapple Chicken a fresh, summer taste.

pineapple chicken in slow cooker ready to serve

How To Make Pineapple Chicken In A Slow Cooker…

  1. Cut chicken and veggies into bite sized chunks about the same size you would use for kabobs and add to slow cooker
  2. Drain canned pineapple and add to slow cooker
  3. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  4. Cook on low 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours until chicken is fully cooked
  5. Drain juices that accumulated during cooking, then add additional 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  6. Toss to combine, garnish with green onion or cilantro if desired

pineapple chicken with quinoa in gray bowl

Pro Tips…

Make sure you drain any extra liquid after cooking. That liquid is made up of water and meat proteins. It’s a nutrient packed broth that can be frozen in ice cube trays, freezer bags, or any airtight container for up to 3 months and used at another time. Use it to make gravy or enhance the flavor of a soup. It can even be used to cook starchy foods like rice or potatoes!

After the juices are drained, toss Pineapple Chicken with a little extra BBQ sauce before serving.

Add some more flavor to the dish and color to the plate with a green onion or cilantro garnish.

Pineapple Chicken tastes delicious served with brown rice, jasmine rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice!

pineapple chicken in a white bowl

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Jennifer Draper
Yes, it’s possible (and EASY) to create a healthy and delicious dinner using only your slow cooker! This Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is proof!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 245 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 can pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 bell peppers I used red and yellow
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce + 1/4 cup later


  • Cut chicken and veggies into bite sized chunks about the same size you would use for kabobs and add to slow cooker
  • Drain can of pineapple well and add to slow cooker
  • Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with 1/2 cup sauce
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 until chicken is fully cooked
  • Drain of juices that accumulate while cooking and then add another 1/4 cup sauce
  • Toss everything to combine and garnish with green onion or dried cilantro if desired


  • Drain juices after cooking and toss with additional sauce before serving
  • Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days


Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 25gFat: 3gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1266mgPotassium: 689mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 2015IUVitamin C: 78.7mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I am cooking this for my fiancé and I and I have just finished prepping the meal and it is in the crock pot. I was unable to find the sweet pineapple BBQ but I used Sweet Hickory BBQ instead.
    Do you think the flavors will mix well?
    and when do I drain the juices? (5.Drain of juices that accumulate while cooking and then add another ¼ cup sauce)

    1. Hi Bruno! Yes, the sweet hickory should be good as well! Once it’s done cooking you will drain the liquid and then toss the chicken and veggies with the rest of the sauce. Serve immediately or return to empty crock to keep warm setting until ready to eat. Hope that helps!

  2. I am loving your recipes!! Especially since our house is so hot right now, I hate turning on the oven and have been looking at what i can make for dinner that doesn’t use the oven! What size of crockpot do you use most of the time? I have a 6 qt, but there is only four people in our family and the kids don’t usually eat a ton, so I was thinking of buying a smaller one too, but don’t want to go too small!

    1. Hi there! I’ve been trying to get better about noting which crockpot I use in each of my recipes. We have 4 people but one is only 3 years old and doesn’t eat a lot. I either use my 5 quart or my 3.5 quart for almost all my recipes. The rule of thumb is that your crock should be 1/2 to 3/4 full so that food will cook the best. But I like breaking rules sometimes 🙂 For 4 people if you could find 3-4 quart crock then I think you would be covered!

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