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Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

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Join us on Facebook to see our latest recipes!I don’t feel like cooking lately (as I have a very naughty boy on my hands), so I threw this together and it was REALLY good!  And probably the easiest meal I have ever made!

Only 3 ingredients!!!! (And rice, if you chose to serve it over rice. Yes, mine was minute rice. I am that lazy!)
Target has TONS of good sauces! So much easier than making your own! This has pineapple, orange and mango it!  Mmm!
Just dump it all in!
4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts (mine were still frozen!)
1 Bottle Archer Farms Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce (from Target)
1 20 oz. can Pineapple Chunks, drained

Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray for an easy cleanup!  Place frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with sauce.  Empty can of drained pineapple chunks on top.  Cook on High for 2-3 hours or Low for 4-6 hours.  Shred chicken with two forks while still in the crock pot so the chicken will be well coated with sauce.  Serve over rice.

*Sometimes I also throw in a chopped up green pepper and chopped onion . . . it tastes good with or without it.

Here are more of our favorite slow cooker recipes:
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken
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  1. says

    We have that sauce at home and it’s wonderful! I’ll have to buy another bottle to use for making this in the crockpot. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. says

    I’m making this for dinner tonight. How much BBQ sauce did you pour over the chicken? That might be a super easy question, but I’ve never cooked anything other than mac-n-cheese…so I’m not cooking-smart yet.

  3. Anonymous says

    The crock pot can be a busy woman’s best friend. Thanks for sharing this…can’t wait to try it. I have chicken breasts in the crock pot right now with Lawry’s Sweet & Sour BBQ Marinade. Will serve it over rice with a salad. If you haven’t tried any of the Lawry’s marinades they are fantastic!

  4. Anonymous says

    Just made (and ate) this as my first ever self made crock pot meal and it was so easy and absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  5. says

    I just wanted to pop in to say that I tried this recipe and it was AMAZING!! It’s so flavorful, and you just throw it in the crockpot in the morning and it’s ready by dinner time. I cooked the chicken for about seven hours on low (my slow cooker seems to take a little longer than most recipes require) and the chicken was super tender and fell apart by dinner time. One suggestion – next time I’m going to add in peaches! I thought that would give it a little extra flavor and it’d be even better!

  6. says

    I have this in the crockpot for dinner tonight, thanks to Pinterest! Using kroger-brand teriyaki sauce since I had that on hand. Can’t wait to check out Target for their sauces for another variation.

  7. Anonymous says

    THANK YOU for this amazingly easy and yummy recipe. I made it tonight (added some carrots and 1/2 onion). This is definitely going on my list of go-to dinners!

  8. Anonymous says

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    3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    1 cup white chocolate chips
    1/4 cup butter
    3 cups confectioners’ sugar
    1 cup Irish cream liqueur
    1 1/2 cups chopped nuts

    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    1/2 cup white chocolate chips
    4 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
    2 tablespoons butter

    1.Butter a 8×8 inch pan.
    2.In the top half of a double boiler melt the 3 cups
    semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup white chocolate chips
    and 1/4 cup butter until soft enough to stir.
    3.Stir in the confectioner’s sugar and Irish cream until mixture is smooth.
    Stir in nuts. Place mixture in the prepared pan
    and lay a sheet of plastic wrap over top; press and smooth top down.
    4.In the top half of a double boiler melt remaining chocolates until soft.
    Remove from heat and with a fork beat in the butter
    and Irish cream until smooth. Spread topping over cooled fudge with a knife.
    If a smooth top is important place plastic wrap over the top.
    Refrigerate until firm, 1 to 2 hours at least. This fudge can be frozen

    Good Stuff,,Hope you try it,,,
    from: let me know if you do please,,have a great day,,,

  9. Robyn says

    I love this recipe and I would vouch to say you are not as lazy as you think……you have a BLOG for goodness sake. :) Keep up the great work!

  10. Anonymous says

    My Target doesnt have any of the archer farms bbq sauces:( So I am trying mine with the Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade, mixed with alittle regular bbq sauce and the pineapple. Hope it turns out good. Can’t wait to try all your recipes:)

  11. Anonymous says

    So sadly I couldn’t find a Hawaiian bbq sauce so I am going to try out the sweet and sour bbq sauce I found..??? So who knows hopefully it will be okay

  12. says

    Made this last night, and the family loved it! I didn’t have the fancy sauce from Target since we only have Wal-Mart in my town, so I bought Sweet Baby Rays “Raspberry Chipotle” bbq sauce (it was the fruitiest sauce I could find) and it worked great! So easy and delicious! I think we will use the leftover chicken for yummy sandwiches. :)

  13. Anonymous says

    I am so excited to try this for our dinner on Saturday! It looks so yummy and I am just tickled to come across this blog site! Keep up the great work!

  14. Anonymous says

    Very easy to prepare, but my younger boys and myself found it way too spicy. However, my teenage son and husband thought it was perfect!

  15. says

    I cook this Sunday, and I have to agree with the other posters, this was absolutely amazing. My dinner guest loved it, even took some home. Thanks for sharing!

  16. says

    I’m trying this for the first time today – just turned the crock pot on. Can’t wait to try it!

    The BBQ was pricey though, I didn’t expect that. $4 for a bottle. Almost as much as the chicken… Going to look for a different sauce, next time! :)

    • says

      I agree! I went to Target to get the sauce and to cook enough for everyone I would have to buy at least two bottles. I was kinda bummed out as I wanted to try it but couldn’t bring myself to spend more on the sauce than I did on the chicken. However I think I am going to try the sweet baby rays that a previous poster said they used.

  17. Anonymous says

    If your looking for a little more sweetness, add brown sugar or honey to the recipe. A few tablespoons. Also, cook the rice in chicken broth with parsley added.

  18. says

    Ok, I’m sold – definitely need to pick some of that BBQ sauce up next time I’m at Target so I can try this…it looks super easy and delicious! I’m a huge fan of onions and peppers so I would definitely add some of those. :)

  19. Anonymous says

    Making this right now, for dinner tonight! I got a Hawaian Sweet and Sour Sauce, at Shur Fine, to use! Can’t wait to taste it!!! Gotta love Pinterest!

  20. Christie says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Found it last night on pinterest and made it today! Woohoo – big hit with the fam! I didn’t have time to run to Target for the special yummy sauce, so just combined our fave bbq sauce with teriyaki. When I was ready to serve, I took the chicken out & cut it up & then mixed some soy sauce & apricot preserves into the sauce and spooned over the top. Served with jasmine rice & stir fry veggies. Delish! Thank you!

  21. says

    This looks delicious! That sauce isn’t available in my area so I’m going to try it with a Hawaiian sweet and sour. Is there a sauce that’s like the Archer Farms that’s easier to find? I hope the sweet and sour turns out OK. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. says

    So excited! I am cooking this right now, and the same as many other comments I am using a different bbq sauce (Caribbean Jerk BBQ sauce from KC Masterpiece)! I am hoping my crock pot cooks fast enough so I can have this for lunch at 1:00!
    It just smells too good to wait for dinner!

  23. Anonymous says

    Just wanted to put this out there. Though I, being an adult, loved this, it is WAY too spicy for young children. I was really excited to make this for my family, but after I put the sauce over the chicken I tasted it and was like “wow, looks like I’m making PB&J for my toddler tonight…” Parents be warned.

  24. Anonymous says

    I have to say my husband and I hated this recipe. And I was excited because it was so easy. Definitely wouldn’t make it again.

  25. says

    My Target is clearly smaller than yours (lol) so I bought Lawry’s Teriaki Marinade. This might be a good alternative for anyone who doesn’t think they would like the Hawaiian BBQ.

  26. says

    I’m making this right now, I didn’t have the target Hawaiian bbq sauce though so I just used regular bbq sauce. I’m looking forward to it!

  27. says

    This was amazing! I added a couple tbsp of chopped green onion just for kicks. Family loved it too, so will be a regular menu item. Thank you!

  28. says

    @Unknown- If your chicken is completely thawed, I would cook it on high for 1.5-2 hours OR on low for 3-4 hours. Any longer than that and your chicken might dry out.

  29. says

    Those of you that have tried the Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade in this recipe how did it turn out? I just bought all the ingredients,can’t wait to cook it up this week!

  30. says

    We LOVED this recipe and have made it several times since I first found it on Pinterest. I too am looking for an alternative to the Archer Farms because I find it is pricey. Lots of good substitutes out there by the looks of the comments. I would agree that it has a slight kick to it – and I would also agree that there are a lot of kids out there that love a kick to their food, it’s all about what you get to experience. I did add a can of mandarin oranges too, I think maybe they were overpowered by the other flavors, but it was nice to bite into regardless. Additionally, the next time around I will use chunk vs crushed pineapple (which was all I had the first few times) because I love hitting the chunks of fruit. Thank you so much for your blog!

  31. says

    Loved this made it for dinner tonight….I shared on my blog. You guys have an awesome blog Im soo glad I found you guys!! Thanks for all the great stuff.

  32. says

    Has anyone tried freezing their leftovers of this dish? If so, how were they? (and you’re probably all going to say there were NO leftovers- ha!) Thanks! :)

  33. says

    Wow, very yummy and definitely the easiest thing I have ever made! 5 stars! It was too spicy for my little guy but hubby and I loved it, we even added red pepper flakes because we love spicy stuff! Thanks for the great recipe!

  34. says

    I just made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it. I served it over yellow rice and with steamed broccoli as a side. Simple and delicious. I will definitely make it again soon.

  35. says

    I made this today. So good! I cooked it on low for 4 hours in my old crock pot. I just shred the chicken and put it back to cook some more since it was not done, but that’s OK! I was worried it was going to be too saucy but with 5 chicken breasts this worked out perfectly. I was also worried about the spice level due to some comments, but my taste buds must be growing because it has the perfect amount. I didn’t add the pineapple either but it’s going to be so good! I did sneak a bite before I cooked the rest of it and I can’t wait for it to be done! Thanks for the tip! Definitely making this again.

  36. says

    I only use my crock pot on weekdays for an easy dinner after work. I made this today, leaving it in the crock for 10ish hours and it was awful. I came home to a slight crusty edge from the BBQ sauce. I picked it out. Made some brown rice. The flavor was very very concentrated and the pineapple was no good. I looked for any reviews that cooked it for ‘work day’ length of time but didn’t really see any. Le sigh. I’m glad it’s good for the shorter amount of time, but unfortunately it won’t work for me! Hopefully this helps others.

    • says

      Perhaps you need more liquid in there so it won’t get crusty. Consider not draining the pineapples but rather including the juice in the recipe. Maybe add some chicken broth? Make sure to mix any additional liquid thoroughly with the sauce. Don’t give up just yet :)

    • says

      It’s me again! Last night I turned this recipe into a Hawaiian Haystacks meal.

      In the crock pot I mixed together, with a whisk, the entire bottle of BBQ sauce, the pineapple juice from the canned pineapples, and two cans of cream of chicken soup. I cut up 4 chicken breasts into three chunks each and placed them in the sauce. I blended up the pineapple chunks (just a little bit) in a food processor and put that on top of the saucy chicken. Cooked on low for 6 hours.

      The chicken pulled apart so nicely, and after I put it back in the sauce it was perfect for serving on top of rice.

      There was much more sauce to make it a nice and moist meal, and the cream of chicken soup toned down the spice. I served it with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pineapple and chow mein noodles for layering on top, and of course rice to put the saucy chicken on.

      So to Christy, and anyone else who has the problem of the original recipe not working well for longer periods of time: experiment! I’m sure the mixture I made would successfully cook for 10 hours.

      Thank you Six Sisters for the great idea!

  37. says

    I heard that you are not supposed to put FROZEN chicken into the crock pot because there is the risk that it might not reach the safe temperature of 165 degrees. I think this recipe sounds GREAT!!! but I wanted to share that for safety’s sake.

  38. says

    I would like to make this however where I live…midland mi…I can’t find archer bnrand bbq sauce…its a target brand but they don’t sell bbq sauce & won’t order any either…i ve also checked kroger,meijer & walmart no luck…I could just use a diff brand but I’m picky I want the same bbq sauce…anyone know where I could buy it in MI?

  39. says

    Just FYI – it’s not recommended to ever put any frozen meats into a crockpot. The extra time it takes the crock to thaw the meat before it can start cooking allows bacteria to grow and you can get sick.

  40. says

    Have it in the crock pot right now. I used pork, since that’s what I had on hand. And I had to use regular bbq sauce because all the “hawaiian” ones have mango and my daughter is allergic to mango. Hopefully it’s amazing!

  41. says

    I didn’t go to Target, just my local grocery store. It’s best I stay out of Target, I’ll spend too much money ;) But, at Publix I found Lawry’s Hawaiian marinade. Hoping that it’ll be similar. I have it in the crock pot now :)

  42. says

    Excited to try this one tomorrow night! Thank you… I was looking for a little something to “spice up” just chicken in the crock pot with Hawaiian BBQ sauce. I’ll be throwing mine over quinoa, though (it’s a healthier grain). :)

  43. says

    Made this last night. It was not bad, but my boyfriend and I were not crazy for the flavor of the Archer Farms Hawaiian Style BBQ sauce. I would recommend taking a taste of it before pouring the whole bottle into the Crock pot!

  44. says

    Is there any way this could be doubled and cooked on the stove top? I love this recipe and so do my kids (2 & 3 year olds) and I want to make it for our family get-together this summer w/ some polynesian cocktails. I don’t think my 6 qt crockpot is big enough. Any thoughts on stove top prep? Thanks for all of your recipes!

    • says

      Hi Mimi!

      I think that you could easily double this and cook it on your stove top. I have never tried it, so I am not sure the best way to go about doing it. I would possibly try cooking my chicken first, then adding it to everything else. Good luck!

    • says

      You can also throw it in the oven. My sister-in law does a take on this…she takes thawed chicken breasts, any kind of BBQ sauce and a small can of crushed pineapples…and she throws the crushed pineapples over the chicken then puts enough BBQ sauce over the chicken to coat it. She bakes it in a Pyrex 9×13 for about 30-45 min (until the chicken is done). Then shred it. We eat it in a tortilla wrap with lettauce, tortilla chips broken up and a little extra BBQ sauce all wrapped into a tortilla. Eating it as a pulled chicken sandwich on a bun is also delicious!!

      A tip for shredding…if you have a Kitchenaid Mixer, pull out the chicken out of the crockpot or pan (or however you’re cooking it), throw it into your Kitchenaid bowl, and use the paddle attachement. It shreds your chicken perfectly!! Then put your chicken back into the crockpot or pan and mix it back in with whatever veggies/fruit that you’re cooking with :)

  45. says

    I think this is really tasty! HOWEVER, this sauce from Target has quite a KICK to it! It’s in the crock pot (done) and I’m not sure my young kids can handle the spice, my husband either for that matter. I think I’ll try it again with a different sauce. It’s SUPER easy, that’s for sure!

  46. says

    I never heard of your blog until I googled pineapple chicken and crockpot. Now I’m seeing your name on lots of blogs! I will definitely remember this site because there are six girls in my family too! I am the second of six girls, no brothers!

  47. says

    My target didn’t have the BBQ sauce so I just bought a regular bottle. It was still tasty but not Hawaiian at all!! I’m thinking next time I’ll add terryaki sauce!!

  48. says

    Found this on pinterest and it was great! I just didn’t realize how spicy it was… at least my kids ate all of their veggies!

  49. says

    I accidentally added the pineapple juice and all but it was delicious! I also used a mixture of Lawry’s Szechuan Sweet & Sour BBQ,
    Kroger brand 30 minute Hawaiian marinade and Teriyaki marinade(mostly using Lawry’s.) I served it over Uncle Ben’s 90 second Rice Pilaf. It was so good and so easy! I will definitely be making this again and SOON!

  50. says

    I just put this in my crock pot…I tasted the Target sauce and it is spicy so I used half the bottle and added some regular BBQ sauce and a splash of Hawaiian terriyaki sauce from TJ’s. I put in a half of a chopped onion and put the pineapple on top. My chicken was thawed so am trying 5 hours on low…I will report back…

  51. says

    Cooking this tonight!! I was too lazy to go to Target for the sauce so I just used “Secret 7″ BBQ sauce (it was on sale at Kroger) and I’m just adding some of the juice from the pineapple to hopefully compensate!!

  52. says

    I dumped the entire can of pineapples – liquid and all in the crockpot. :/ I guess I was too excited and didn’t read the directions right – anyone make that mistake and not have any issues?

  53. says

    I’ve read that for food safety you shouldn’t put meats into your crock pot frozen because they might remain at a low temperature too long – just a heads up.

  54. says

    This is now one of my husband and I’s fav’s. One of few recipes that is on about an every 2-week rotation. Amazing over white rice seasoned with a little ginger and ground red pepper or with King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls for a mini-slider deal!

  55. says

    I found your blog via Pinterest last night, and I saw this recipe. It’s currently in my crock pot for tonight, and I’m so excited! Starting a blog was such a clever way for you sisters to keep in touch and share things; thank you for sharing with everyone else too! :)

  56. says

    I made this meal for dinner yesterday…It was super easy – just throw things in the crock pot, fairly inexpensive around $7.00 (I did think the sauce at Target was a bit pricey at around $4)…I cooked on low for 6 hours and we had it over rice…The taste was awesome and then it hit me- the spicy heat of the dish I had a hard time finishing my serving! If I ever make this dish again I need to find a way to tone down the spicy of the dish….My husband was able to eat it ok – he loves spicy things – but I think it was even a little too much for him…I do not think my grandson would have been able to eat it…

  57. says

    Made this yesterday and it BURNED! I set my crock pot on low for 6 hours (it switches to warm after the time is up) and added extra liquid since I knew I was going to be at work longer. I came home after about 8.5 hours and it was burned all around the edge about 2″. And oh my gosh did my house stink! The chicken in the middle was ok, but anything touching the sides was done for. I’ve never burned anything in my crock pot before so I’m thinking for me this just isn’t the best to be in for longer than 6 hours.

  58. says

    Im making this tonight on low. I cant wait to see how it taste. I love all the feedback.
    It helps me determine if I should try new recipes. But i have to admit im skeptical about its simplicity.

  59. says

    I needed a quick crockpot go to recipe for some chicken I had forgot to freeze. This was perfect. I only had some generic bbq sauce on hand and it seemed a little bitter for my liking. I ended up throwing in some cinnamon and honey which was perfect. Served it over some white rice and everyone loved it. My mom said it made a perfect sweet and sour type sauce and she is PICKY about sauces! This is a recipe I’m keeping!!

  60. says

    I’m trying this right now with what I had on hand, because the Target sauce was way too $$ for my budget/bottle. I have the frozen chicken breasts, with some Kikkoman sweet and sour glaze, Kikkoman teriyaki glaze and a dash of BBQ sauce. Not quite sure how this will turn out, but hopefully good. I also forgot pineapple ):

  61. says

    How many would you say this serves? I’m looking for a crock pot meal for 9 adults, 2 kids and wonder if I would need to double this. Would it even be possible to double this in 1 crock pot? Thanks!

    • says

      I would double it since it calls for 4 to 6 chicken breasts and it’s so yummy you may want seconds! The biggest crockpot is usually 6 quarts. May take a little longer to cook if it’s all in one crock pot that is 6 quarts. Just watch it closely or use 2 crock pots. :)

  62. says

    we’re not a huge fan of sweet for dinner … definitely a more savoring family. That being said – thinking I’m going to make it with regular bbq sauce and the canned pinapple (maybe add in some of the pineapple juices) and make a whole wheat Hawaiian Chicken Pizza out of the shredded chicken! :) love that you can use frozen chicken breasts!

  63. says

    I just threw this in my crockpot…and forgot to drain the pineapple so I hope it comes out ok! I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce because I didn’t feel like going to Target, lol.

  64. Molly says

    I tried this recipe out because it sounded delicious. I had the crockpot on low, but for longer than 6 hours while I was at work. When I returned home, the chicken did not turn out as expected. It had a very smokey flavor that was VERY unpleasing. I made the best of it and put the chicken on a tortilla, added some avocado, cilantro and lime juice. The Hawaiian Chicken became Mexican! I won’t be using this BBQ sauce again.

  65. Jessica says

    We loved this! Made it with 6 breasts and two cans of pineapple. Based on the reviews saying it was spicy, we included juice from one can of pineapple. I think next time I’ll do one can of drained pineapple chunks and one can of crushed pineapple. AMAZING and so easy!!
    The tip to shred them in the stand mixer was the best idea. Makes this meal super fast!

  66. Wendy says

    Made this tonight… I didn’t expect it to be as spicy as it was and it was a lot less sweeter than I had hoped for… I added in the pineapple juice from the can to sweeten it as well as some brown sugar and it made a world of delicious difference! Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

  67. Hannah says

    Made this yesterday with fresh (not frozen) chicken breast. Planned on 2 hours on high based on recommendations above. However it took 4 hours on high. Had to do something different for dinner since this didn’t get done until about 9 pm. Had a few bites though to try it out and it is delicious! Wish there was a way to cut down on the sugar content. BBQ sauce is so high in sugar. I WILL be making this again!

  68. Melinda Brown says

    I am making this tonight, only I used a 26 oz can of peaches in light syrup, added a whole sliced onion and used Burman’s hickory bbq sauce – delish! I also browned the chicken slightly for added flavor and oil.

  69. Keala says

    As a Native Hawaiian, I am curious as to why people make up dishes and call it “Hawaiian” when this is nothing like native Hawaiian food. Ignorant people who just add pineapples to dishes like to throw the name “Hawaiian” on it, when in fact, no Hawaiian nor anyone in Hawaii ever cooks with Pineapple in a dish like this. The classic “BBQ” Chicken is Hawaii is called Huli Huli Chicken and it is made with Huli Huli sauce, there are no pineapples, mangoes or fruity things in the dish.

  70. Martie says

    You should warn people that the Target BBQ sauce is spicy. Too much of a bite for me and, I know, it’ll be too much for my kids… I’ll make it again with a different sauce (Cookie’s BBQ or Sweet Baby Ray’s), but NEVER with the Target sauce. Plus, it’s pretty $$….

  71. Kylee Cox says

    I don’t know if the recipe for the Archer Farm’s sauce has changed since this recipe was written, but I just made this for dinner tonight and the sauce seemed to be watered down and bland. It still tasted pretty tasty, nonetheless! I’m just probably going to experiment with other Hawaiin sauces next time. Thank you for the recipe and the idea!

  72. Melissa says

    would this work with chicken thighs? my husband doesn’t like white meat. Also, how long would you cook it for? thanks!

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