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Honey Pineapple Chicken

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Debglass11
    May 19, 2020

    Wonderful slow cooker chicken recipe! I also skipped the browning step since I was in a hurry to get everything into my slow cooker. All other ingredients remained the same. I did thicken the sauce at the end by taking a cup of the cooking liquid, mixing with a couple tablespoons of flour and then adding it back to the slow cooker. Also added a bit of kosher salt to taste. Served over rice with a side of roasted broccoli. Everyone loved it!

  • Angel182009
    Apr 26, 2018

    These are great but I also left out the Browning step. Made it even quicker to put together

  • GaryinHockinghills
    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
    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
    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
    May 30, 2011

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

  • Flyi1
    Jan 30, 2011

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

  • weather_girl
    Apr 26, 2010

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

  • kengrants
    Apr 14, 2010

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

  • MamaJulez
    Feb 22, 2010

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