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Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

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Most chicken dishes we cook in the slow cooker use on the bone chicken but this Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe uses chicken thighs which work well in the slow cooker too and don’t get as dry as skinless chicken breasts. You could use chicken on the bone if you wanted but you would have to make sure all the bones were removed before serving.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

We used to buy a sweet and sour sauce in a jar for years before we realised how easy it was to make in the slow cooker and we haven’t looked back! Now this crockpot sweet and sour chicken crock pot recipe is a regular feature in our meal plan.

How can I make this sweet and sour recipe a little easier?

Although there are traditional vegetables that you include in a sweet and sour recipe you can use any stir fry style vegetables, oriental vegetables or pretty much anything you have left in the fridge!

Unlike other chicken slow cooker meals, this healthy sweet and sour crockpot chicken doesn’t freeze very well so it’s best not made in bulk and just cooked and enjoyed in one sitting. We have this easy sweet and sour crockpot chicken for dinner regularly and either serve it simply with rice or with a few oriental sides for a hearty family meal.

If you’re looking for other slow cooker recipes to try we’d love to recommend our slow cooker maple glazed ribs, slow cooker chilli and lazy slow cooker cottage pie. You can see all our recipes to date here.

So here’s our Slow Cooker Chicken Sweet and Sour Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 500 g boneless skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 400 g tinned pineapple chunks
  • 1 carrot cut into strips
  • 1 pepper cut into strips
  • 1 onions sliced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 cm root ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp plain flour

Instructions

  • Coat the chicken in the flour and add to the slow cooker pot along with all the ingredients – leaving out the pineapple until later but adding the pineapple juice.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. Just before serving stir through the pineapple chunks.
  • Serve with rice or noodles.

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

Most chicken dishes we cook in the slow cooker use on the bone chicken but this Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe uses chicken thighs which work well in the slow cooker too and don’t get as dry as chicken breast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, main course, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g boneless skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 400 g tinned pineapple chunks
  • 1 carrot cut into strips
  • 1 pepper cut into strips
  • 1 onions sliced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 cm root ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp plain flour

Instructions

  • Coat the chicken in the flour and add to the slow cooker pot along with all the ingredients – leaving out the pineapple until later but adding the pineapple juice.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. Just before serving stir through the pineapple chunks.
  • Serve with rice or noodles.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Author

  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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2 Comments

  1. I had a go at this and I must say it was absolutely gorgeous. I had some leftover fresh noodles, so stirred them through at the end with the pineapple. Then served it with Mediterranean Rice

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