Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

This Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken is quick, simple, full of flavor, and thrown together in just minutes. This is a perfect dinner for those busy nights and the pineapple in this recipe adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the recipe.

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.

I used the Archer Farms BBQ Sauce, however, it had a little kick to it. If you are not a fan of spicy, I wouldn’t recommend using it. My kids still ate it, but be warned, it has a slight kick to it.

You could also use any other type of Hawaiian, Teriyaki, or barbecue sauce mixture for this chicken recipe. You really can’t go wrong with this one, it is so quick, simple and delicious.


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!

what other chicken could i use for this recipe?

For this recipe, we used chicken breasts. I think they are a bit more juicy and we prefer the white meat.

However you could also use:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Chicken wings
  • Chicken tenders
  • Chicken cutlets
  • Breaded chicken.

If you use breaded chicken, we recommend baking it in a 9×13 inch pan at 400 degrees F. for about 20 minutes.

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Could I make this recipe into a freezer meal?

I am all about freezer meals. I feel like I hardly have any time to cook these days, so if I can quickly double a recipe that is as easy as this one, and freeze half of it for later, I love that.

This recipe is so easy to throw into a gallon size ziplock bag and keep it in the freezer for up to three months before using it. It saves time and money.

To thaw it, I will place it in the fridge for about 2 hours (or the night before I cook it), then put it in my slow cooker and cook as directed.

If you cook it thawed, it will only be about 3-4 hours on low.

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Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Sometimes I also throw in a chopped up green pepper and chopped onion . . . it tastes good with or without it.

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147 Responses to “Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken”

  1. Anonymous
    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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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. :)
    • 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Anonymous
    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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
    • 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!
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
    • 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 9x13 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 :)
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 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!!
  17. 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 ):
  18. 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!
  19. Molly
    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.
  20. Jessica
    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!
  21. Wendy
    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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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 $$....
  25. Kylee Cox
    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!

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