Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken Recipe

This Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken is loaded with tropical flavor. Chicken thighs and a colorful blend of bell peppers are cooked low and slow in a thick, sweet, and tangy pineapple brown sugar sauce then served over rice!

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 3 hrs 30 mins

Total Time: 4 hrs

Course: Dinner, Lunch:

Servings: 6 people




  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or gluten free alternative
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Cooked rice for serving
  • Green onions for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish


  1. Grease a 6 quart crockpot with cooking spray, then set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, minced garlic, and minced ginger.
  3. Pour half of the sauce into the prepared crockpot, top with chicken thighs and peppers, then pour on remaining sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  5. Remove chicken and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk orange juice and cornstarch together until smooth, then slowly whisk into the sauce until well combined.
  7. Cut the chicken into large chunks and stir back into crockpot.
  8. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes.
  9. Taste and re-season, if desired, then serve over rice with optional garnishes and enjoy!
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  • Add pineapple chunks. A lot of sweet Hawaiian chicken recipes call for pineapple chunks for even more tropical flavor, sweetness, and added texture. Feel free to add some, if desired.
  • Use a different meat. Beef, pork, or turkey will all work.
  • Add more veggies. Pretty much any veggies you want should work — broccoli or green beans would be great! I would add them in the last hour of cook time so they don’t get mushy.
  • Spice it up. Give it a kick of heat by mixing in some crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha.
  • Make it smoky. Stir in some BBQ sauce for a thicker, sweeter, smokier sauce.

I love to serve this sweet Hawaiian crockpot chicken over rice and topped with green onions, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes. It’s also delicious paired with a couple of yummy sides!

  • Coleslaw
  • Dinner Rolls
  • BBQ Baked Beans
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Potato Salad

Leftover Hawaiian chicken will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat, thaw in the fridge if frozen then microwave or warm on the stove until heated through

Nutritional Info:

Serving: 1person | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1533mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 758IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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