Slow Cooker Luau Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Luau Chicken Recipe

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As long as you’re cooking bacon for breakfast, save some for the slow cooker. In four hours, you’ll be saying aloha to lunch. —Cindy Lund, Valley Center, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, divided
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 375 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 637mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.


  1. Cut three bacon strips in half; cook until partially cooked but not crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper; place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Top each thigh with a half piece of bacon. Top with onion, pineapple and barbecue sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender. Cook remaining bacon until crisp; drain and crumble. Sprinkle over each serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Luau Chicken in Simple & Delicious February/March 2012, p23

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bettyjohnson61 User ID: 8277873 254475
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"So Delicious and so easy to make! What a great dinner to come home to zapped an Uncle Ben's rice and steamed a vegetable and dinner in 20 min from walking in the door! Looking forward to the leftovers!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 252019
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2016

"chicken fell apart too much in the slow cooker, so I partly shredded it , served over rice with the bacon on top. So good!!"

wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 239868
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"This recipe is on the sweet side but gives good flavor to the chicken."

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 231897
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"I made a few changes to the recipe, using breasts instead of thighs, pineapple slices instead of chunks, and skipping the bacon on the chicken/in the crockpot step. However, other than those few things, I followed the recipe and both kids and myself enjoyed this meal. I think next time I would serve this with rice. But it was incredibly easy to put together and it was fantastic to walk in the door to a warm, delicious meal."

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 231329
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"This was good, I wasn't a fan of the bacon. I think I'll leave it out next time."

taylward User ID: 8414955 231041
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

"Super easy and delicious with only a few ingredients."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 226880
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"This was great! Fall apart tenderness! I did add the mushrooms to this, because my daughter loves mushrooms. No leftovers! I made with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts, since my husband doesn't care for rice. Awesome! Next time I will add more BBQ sauce, to make a gravy, since there wasn't much gravy after cooking. Thanks! Oh! And I did also add a pinch of crushed red peppers."

kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 224900
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"Not much flavor."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6527919 223515
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"I made this chicken with red peppers added to the recipe. My husband really enjoyed it over rice. I liked the flavor, but I think the sauce could be thicker. I will definitely make it again. Thanks for the simple recipe!"

trusso User ID: 3485639 220017
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"I thought this was really good, however I did omit the bacon, forgot to drain the pineapple and used more BBQ sauce and pineapple than called for. The "sauce" was going to be too juicy so I added some cornstarch mixed with water to thicken it and my family all really enjoyed it. My husband suggested adding peppers, onions and mushrooms next time. Served over white rice, i will definitely be making this again with the added suggestions of hubby!"

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