Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken


I was skeptical as to whether or not you could make sweet and sour chicken in the crock pot, but it totally works.  Now, the chicken does not include that crispy breaded coating, however, it really is healthier for you to not have that crispy coating.  Don’t be scared off  by the long list of ingredients.  The bulk of the ingredients make the sauce and are regular pantry items.

You add the fresh veggies at the end to keep them nice and crisp.  I like mine crisp but tender and cooking it 45 minutes was perfect.  If you like your veggies with more crunch, just cook it less.

4.7 from 6 reviews

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 to 1½ inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup diced pineapple chunks (use fresh or canned chunks)
  • ¼ medium onion cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Add the ½ cup water, brown sugar, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, and ginger to the slow cooker and whisk until combined.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. In a small bowl combine the ⅓ cup water with the cornstarch. Add to the slow cooker and carefully stir to combine. The chicken will be tender so you want to keep the pieces to stay in pieces.
  4. Add the pineapple, onion, and bell pepper and carefully fold into the mixture. Cover and cook on low for another 45 minutes.
  5. Serve over cooked rice. Makes 4-5 servings.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.

 

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25 comments on “Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

  • Thanks for the recipe! This was really delicious and easy too! Even my 6yo picky eater liked it! I ended up cooking it on high b/c I didn’t get it started soon enough. It took about 3 hours on high.

  • Oops, I forgot to rate it last time!

  • This was pretty good. The only thing I would probably do different was add the juice from the pineapple because I found I could taste the cornstarch! I also added a few chili flakes and some carrots. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Can you double this recipe? in a 5 quart pot?

  • Anyone know how many pounds of chicken the three chicken breasts should add out to be? I mean their can be a lot of variance there.

  • Does the sauce and chicken freeze well prior to cooking by chance? Has anyone tried that yet with this recipe?

  • This is sooo good! I added some red pepper flakes for a little kick, and I didn’t have tomato paste, so I used ketchup. I love how adaptable it is and that I had everything (or an acceptable substitute) in my pantry or fridge. Two thumbs up!

  • Did anyone cook this recipe on high? If so, how long did you cook it for?
    Thanks!

  • Re: Pineapple chunks
    Juice and all?

  • The question about cooking the meay first is absolutely not dumb. first of all you see many recipes where you cook the ground beef before adding to the rest of the recipe. secondly, chicken has a reputation sor going bacterially bad and making people sick. thirdly…This recipe is fine because it contains vinegar and lemon juice which half cooks and keeps bacteria at bay. Great question.

  • hi there – going to make this – looks tasty! you’ve put white vinegar twice. which measurement is white and which for wine please? many thanks and regards

    • Sorry, I am not sure where you are seeing this.

      • I’m not sure what you’re seeing either, perhaps the white sugar and the white vinegar? Sometimes we read too fast and don’t pay attention and things run together. Anyway this is AMAZING. My slowcooker seems to run a little hot so it took 3 hours on low and then I added the vegetables. I might reduce the cornstarch slightly as the sauce is a little thick, and you could probably get away with adding thinly sliced carrots if you wanted to for colour and flavour. I’d call this easily a 9.5 out of 10 the first try. :)

  • Made this today. Very, very good sweet and sour sauce. I added about 2 Tbsp. Mae Toy sweet chili sauce, not necessary, but another good addition. I have been looking for a good sweet and sour sauce. I have never added the lemon juice. Again, very good. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Hello just made this and I love it as so does the rest of my family. Thanks, this is a keeper :)

  • So, so yummy! Loved this recipe! Will definitely make again.

  • No, you can even put it in frozen ;)

  • Going to try this later this week!

    Not to be dumb (I am new to the slow cooker club), but do you have to cook the chicken before you put it in the slow cooker? I can never find information on that bit!

    Thanks!

    C

    • No you do not cook them before you put them in. I had the same question when I first started crock potting and a very rude woman told me how dumb I was to think that you would have to cook something before you “cooked” it, I thought it was a good question since I didnt have a clue either. Welcome to the wonderful world of crock potting it will make you life so much simpler!

      • Never a dumb question – sorry someone answered you that way – most recipes for stews require browning the chuck before adding to crock pot so that is a way off base answer ! just saying – I think I will brown the chicken and then add to rest.

  • Slow cooker sweet and sour chicken is AWESOME! Quick, easy, and tastes better than our local chinese food restaurants. Will now be a staple in my cooking repertoire!

  • Thank you for this recipe! I have a ‘go-to’ sweet and sour chicken recipe that my family loves but that uses some bottled sauces and packaged seasoning mixes. I love that this version uses all ingredients found in my panty.

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