Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Lemonade Chicken

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I must be on a lemonade kick or something . . . yesterday's Raspberry Lemonade cupcakes and now this . . .
I saw the ingredients to this recipe and thought that it sounded different, but yummy. Who knew that lemonade concentrate would make slow cooked chicken taste so good?
If you like sweet and sour sauce, I really think that you will love this chicken. It's kind of a fun spin on the lemon chicken you would find at a Chinese restaurant.
I shredded our chicken as soon as it was finished and served it over rice and stir-fry vegetables . . . it was an easy and delicious meal!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Lemonade Chicken
Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts (I used frozen ones)
1 (6 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
5 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons cold water
Sesame seeds (optional)
Directions:
Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Combine lemonade, brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar in a bowl. Mix well and pour over chicken breasts. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. Remove chicken from the slow cooker. Mix cornstarch and cold water together. Simmer the remainder of the sauce over medium heat on your stove top and add cornstarch mixture to the sauce, stirring until incorporated. Let sauce cook over medium heat for a couple minutes (about 5) or until the sauce has thickened. Pour sauce over chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve.
*If you didn't want to cook your sauce on your stove top, you could take your chicken breasts out of the slow cooker and add your cornstarch mixture to the sauce that is left in the slow cooker. Stir it in, then cook it on high for about 30 minutes. It should thicken up during that time.
Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Crock Pot Chicken.
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  1. Ben says:

    Hi Six Sisters,
    BRAVO once again on another awesome recipe!!! I just love your site! Whenever I post I get the word out there I you guys, especially on your recipes, their just so easy! Feel free to link to crockpotking.com, I always have something going on too. KEEP IT COMIN GIRLS!!! Bravo once again!

  2. Amber says:

    Do they have to be chicken breasts or can another part of the chicken be used? We hardly ever buy chicken breasts, usually thighs. Thanks!

  3. Carrie says:

    Sisters-
    I made this tonight and it was super tart/sweet. We ate it but it was hard for my little ones to get down. SO what do you think I could use the leftovers for?? Maybe another recipe or freeze and use in something else?
    Any suggestions?

  4. Camille says:

    Made this tonight and everyone LOVED it ( I have 5 kids ages 1-12)!!! The baby had 2 helpings! I see that others have commented that this was too tart. Maybe they added a whole 12 oz lemonade concentrate? Our stores around here only sell the lemonade concentrate in the 12oz sizes, so I had to make sure I halved it before adding. Just a guess. It had just the perfect amount of “tang” to it that a sweet and sour dish usually has. Thanks so much for this great recipe!!!

  5. cher says:

    this was just ok for me. my kids ate it but complained about it. the lemonade flavor really shines through, and i did only put half a 12 oz can in.

  6. Kathy says:

    I made this last night and the kids were not impressed. I doubled the recipe using a 12oz can and froze half in a bag with chicken to crock cook later. I think if I try it again I will tweak it some. Overall the sauce was good. It gives me some ideas!

  7. Tara says:

    Pretty tasty! Reminiscent of my favorite lemon chicken takeout I used to get. Used half a 12 oz. frozen concentrate. Three year old ate it up, too! I wouldn’t compare it to sweet and sour, but lemon chicken for sure.

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