Honey Pineapple Chicken Recipe
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Honey Pineapple Chicken Recipe

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I adapted a dinnertime favorite for my slow cooker because it’s so much easier to do the preparation in advance, then let the chicken cook on its own while I do other things. Your family will love the combination of sweet and savory flavors. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 455 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 0 fiber), 35g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil in batches on both sides; transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until meat is tender. Strain cooking liquid, reserving pineapple. Serve pineapple with the chicken.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Honey Pineapple Chicken in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p56

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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GaryinHockinghills User ID: 7360778 220140
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"My Mom is handicapped, elderly and cannot get out much anymore. Finding new things to eat that are appealing to her is a tedious task. I made this for her (and me). She and I loved it! Anything that makes my Mom want seconds, at her age, is a 5 star . I did cube the chicken before frying to allow it to cook quicker and make it easier for my mother to handle. Great recipe!!"

DRSchmitgall User ID: 2724529 148399
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"For some reason my chicken was dry too. Perhaps I cooked it to long when I was browning it. Next time I think I will avoid that step. Great flavor and no complained. Will make it again."

SusieOFoodie User ID: 1380907 71828
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"This is a little sweet as others stated, but so good! I have made it many times since first published, even for a Christmas buffet. You can sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder to give a little more balance to the sweetness of this dish, I too serve it with white rice. My super picky little boy loves this chicken, it is the only meat he doesn't put ketchup on! I often shred the leftover chicken and we have pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches the next day."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 64509
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"This was excellent. I served it over white rice with steamed broccoli on the side. Very moist and very good."

Flyi1 User ID: 1177708 102564
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"The chicken turned out dry and was a little too sweet."

weather_girl User ID: 4763655 150235
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"This was a little too sweet for my taste but my husband loved it."

kengrants User ID: 4608201 82629
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Soooo good! I will make this again and again! Taste's really yummy over rice."

MamaJulez User ID: 4890384 66192
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"We didn't care for this one. It sounded good, though."

shastar User ID: 4712479 136090
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"I fixed this for dinner last night. It was really good and so easy. I followed others that posted on this and had rice and steamed vegetables with it. It was different from most anything else we usually have, but we all enjoyed it. I will be cooking it again!"

kristyhigh User ID: 3331267 133239
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"I made this dish for a birthday dinner, and it was outstanding! The dryness of the chicken breasts that other may have had, might have been to the thickness of the breasts. I chose thicker chicken breasts and it was moist and so tasty! A great change for chicken breasts, I served this with white rice and it was perfection!"

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