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Polynesian Pulled Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours


6 servings

I love the aroma of pork as it cooks but don't eat pork, so I make a pulled chicken with coconut and pineapple for a Polynesian twist. —Becky Walch, Manteca, California
Polynesian Pulled Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup frozen pepper strips, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 hoagie buns, split
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional


  1. In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove chicken; cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into cooking juices. Cook, covered, on high 15-20 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Shred chicken with two forks. Return to slow cooker; heat through.
  3. Serve with buns and, if desired, sprinkle with cilantro.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve on buns. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 523 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 1431mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 40g protein.

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