Slow Cooker Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken

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The perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors!

Our slow cooker Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken is full of sweet and tangy flavor.

Do the words “Hawaiian barbecue chicken” cause visions of sunny afternoons by the pool to dance through your mind? I can’t be the only one! While the flavors involved in this slow cooker Hawaiian barbecue chicken remind us of sweet summertime, this recipe is one that can be enjoyed any time of year! Why? Because you don’t need to go outside to use the grill when you have a slow cooker in your kitchen!

Mouthwatering Flavors You’ll Love

Serve this tasty protein over rice, a bed of lettuce, in a taco, or even a bun!

Whether you’re a sweet barbecue fan or you like your sauce to have a little bit of a kick to it, you’re going to adore this exquisite BBQ chicken recipe! It’s the perfect mix of spice from the jalapeno, sweetness from the addition of pineapple, and tang from classic barbecue sauce. Add in some soy sauce, lime, ginger, garlic, and red onions, and it creates the ultimate flavor profile.

As a bonus, the chicken will literally fall apart as it cooks low and slow. Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine is!

This Recipe is SO Easy to Prepare

This delicious dish is perfect for a warm sunday evening outdoors!

This tasty slow cooker Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken is so simple to prepare. Anyone can make it! In just a few simple steps and a couple hours of cook time, this delectable recipe will be ready to enjoy.

You’ll start by placing the boneless and skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker. In a separate bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, jalapeno, and garlic and mix well. Pour this flavorful sauce over the chicken and add the red onion and pineapple chunks to the Crockpot. Set the slow cooker on high for two to three hours, or you can cook the chicken on low for five to six hours. 

Once the time is up, remove the chicken from the Crockpot and shred it with two forks. Put the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and cook it on low for 15 minutes. This will give the chicken time to soak up all of that yummy sauce!

The Best Ways to Serve this Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken

We love putting this chicken on a Hawaiian sweet bun!

There are a number of ways you can serve this chicken—all of which taste incredible! For a simple dinner, toss the shredded chicken on top of some rice. If you’re eating carbs, our absolute favorite way to serve this shredded chicken is to make little sliders. Sweet Hawaiian rolls taste particularly delicious, but any soft bun will do. Finally, this Hawaiian barbecue chicken makes a great filling for tacos or a protein topping to add to a salad!

We have plenty of delicious, healthier versions of your favorite barbecue side dishes too. Pick a couple to serve alongside this scrumptious Hawaiian barbecue chicken!

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken

This sweet and spicy chicken is slow-cooked to perfection, so eat up and savor every bite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield 5 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 20 ounces pineapple chunks can, drained


  • Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker. Mix together the barbecue sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, jalapeno, and garlic cloves in a bowl then pour over the chicken. Add the onion and pineapple. Cook on low 5 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Return to slow cooker and cook on low for another 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1688mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 13
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Slow Cooker

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Editor’s Note: This recipe was originally published on March 20, 2017.

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