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Easy Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken provides a delightful blend of tropical flavors that will make you feel like you’re on vacation with every bite. It’s easy to make. Simply put the ingredients into the slow cooker, walk away for a few hours, and come back to a delicious family dinner.

Hawaiian chicken over rice in a bowl beside steamed broccoli

Who says a good meal has to be difficult to make. After you cook this yummy dinner, you’ll want to add it to your dinner rotation.

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner

Chicken and slow cookers go together like they were meant to be a pair. There are so many delicious and wonderfully easy dishes you can cook in your Crock Pot.

Here are some of our favorites:

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken Ingredients

All of the ingredients in this recipe are easy to find in most grocery stores. In fact, you might even have many of them in your pantry.

I placed a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for your convenience. That’s where you’ll find all of the ingredients, the measurements, and the complete instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Can of pineapple slices (after draining, retain the liquid)
  • Can of mandarin oranges (again, retain the liquid after you drain them)
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper
pack of chicken tenderloins

I used chicken tenderloins to make this recipe.

However, you can use any cut of chicken you prefer. I just happened to have this in my freezer.

can of mandarin oranges, pineapple slices, ground ginger, salt, pepper, brown sugar, and lemon

You can vary any of the ingredients to suit your personal taste. In fact, if you like spicy food, you can even add some ground cayenne to give it more of a kick.

Or if you prefer a sweeter sauce, increase the amount of brown sugar or add your favorite sweetener.

How to Make Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

Make sure you have all of the ingredients and tools you need before beginning. The preparation is super simple if you don’t have to stop and look for something.

First, spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Or you can use a slow cooker liner. Either of those options will help with cleanup.

Secondly, in a medium-size bowl, combine the liquid from the cans of pineapple and mandarin oranges.

Then, add the brown sugar, lemon juice, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir until well mixed.

Next, add the cornstarch to the mixture and whisk it until there are no lumps.

whisking all of the liquid ingredients

After that, place the chicken tenderloins in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Try to put them in a single layer, but it’s okay if they overlap a little.

raw chicken in crock pot

Then, pour the liquid mixture over the chicken.

Don’t worry if the liquid isn’t thick because it takes heat to activate the thickening agent in the cornstarch.

pouring liquid over chicken

Evenly place the pineapple slices and mandarin oranges on top of the chicken.

I put the pineapple on first since the mandarin oranges are smaller.

pineapple and mandarin oranges added to the chicken

Finally, place the lid on your Crock Pot and turn it on low. Cook for 4 hours or until the chicken is done.

Serve over rice.

bite of chicken on a fork

I like to add a green vegetable, such as broccoli or green beans on the side. Or you can serve this yummy broccoli slaw or this traditional BLT salad.

Any of those options are great with this Crock Pot Hawaiian chicken dinner.

Hawaiian chicken on a plate and in the slow cooker

Questions About Hawaiian Chicken

Even though you may enjoy the flavors in this delicious Hawaiian chicken, you may still have some questions. Here are some questions with answers that will hopefully help.

Is Hawaiian Chicken Healthy?

Any recipe is only as healthy as the ingredients you add. The chicken provides quite a bit of protein and B vitamins as well as other essential nutrients.

Pineapple is loaded with vitamins as well as satisfying flavor. Serve it with a steamed vegetable, and you have a very balanced and healthy meal.

Can You Make Hawaiian Chicken in the Oven?

Yes, you absolutely can make this Hawaiian chicken recipe in the oven. Put all of the ingredients in a Dutch oven or other oven-safe pan, cover it.

Cook it at 350˚ F for an hour to an hour and a half. Make sure the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken is 165 degrees F.

Can You Serve Hawaiian Chicken over Pasta or Potatoes?

The simple answer is yes, you can serve chicken with anything you like. I typically serve Hawaiian chicken over rice. However, if you prefer pasta or potatoes, those are excellent options.

Dessert Recipes

Even though I don’t have dessert after every single meal, I would like to. So when I do have it, I like something that makes it worthwhile to eat.

There are typically 2 things I look for when I make a homemade dessert. First, it has to be delicious. And secondly, it needs to be easy. Otherwise, I’m likely to purchase one already made.

Here are some of my favorite delicious and easy-to-make desserts:

Ridiculously Easy Rice Pudding – I make 2 types of rice pudding—one with more of a pudding texture and one that’s more like a custard. This is the pudding version.

Creamy No-Bake Cherry Lime Pie – This icebox pie is an easy one that you can whip up in just a few minutes before you cook dinner. Stick it in the fridge, and it should be ready by dessert time.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies – You’ll love the way these delicious cookies melt in your mouth. The bonus is that they’re super easy to make.

Mini Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecakes – Simply based on the name of this delicious recipe, you know you’re going to love it! This is one of my friend Carlee’s recipes from her blog Cooking with Carlee.

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cake—Who says you have to have a lot of ingredients to make a delicious cake? You’ll love the fact that this one is light and gluten-free, but it still delivers that sweet finishing touch after a meal.

Pineapple Dump Cake – If you’re like me and can’t get enough pineapple, this pineapple dump cake is for you. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream over the top for a most satisfying dessert!

Yield: 8 servings

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

Hawaiian chicken on a plate with broccoli

The blend of sweet and savory add delightful flavor to this delicious Crock Pot Hawaiian chicken dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds of chicken tenderloins
  • One 16-ounce can of pineapple slices, drained (retain 1/3 cup of liquid)
  • One 15-ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained (retain 1/3 cup of liquid)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper


  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, lemon juice, liquid from can of pineapple and mandarin oranges, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Add the cornstarch to the mixture and whisk until it is mixed.
  4. Place the chicken inside the Crock Pot. Top the chicken with the mandarin oranges and pineapple slices.
  5. Pour the seasoning mixture over the chicken.
  6. Cover the Crock Pot and cook on low for 4 hours or until the chicken is done.
  7. Serve over rice.


If you want the sauce sweeter, add more brown sugar.

You can also add ground cayenne if you want it spicy.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 484Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 96mgSodium 225mgCarbohydrates 77gFiber 8gSugar 58gProtein 38g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Saturday 20th of February 2021

That looks like sunshine on a plate, just what we need right about now!

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