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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 chicken thigh with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 375 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 637 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 39 g 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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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

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

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."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

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

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

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

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."

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