Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken

Looking for an easy meal to throw together in the crock pot before a busy day? This Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken is simple, delicious and perfect for a no-fuss dinner on a hectic night.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken
This weekend, my husband and I took all four of our boys to see Planes, the movie. Not my brightest idea. We’ve never taken all four to the movies before. $61 dollars worth of tickets and $28 dollars worth of popcorn & drinks later, we were finally sitting in the theater and all was well. The beginning of the movie was fine, a little slow, but fine.
About halfway through, my three year old had to use the bathroom. As my husband was taking him out, my two year old, of course followed them. So then I followed him. (Stupidly, we didn’t sit on the end of the row, so you can imagine the annoyance of the poor people near the aisle that we had to step around to get out).
As soon as my two year old saw the little arcade center by the bathrooms, that was it. The movie was chopped liver compared to the racing game with the steering wheel. He kicked off his shoes and made himself right at home. With some serious bribing, we did manage to get him back inside to watch the last part of the movie for a bit though. With no shoes on. Can’t even begin to think about the germs on the theater floor. Ick.
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken

I came armed with a purse full of fruit snack packets so I gave them to the boys, hoping to keep them quiet for the rest of the movie. It was at about this point that both my little toddlers decide to make their way to the end of the aisle and sit on the stairs. (Annoyed people had moved at that point). Then my three year old starts saying “I tooted mom!” over and over really loudly, with my two year old laughing hysterically at him. Awesome.

That was when my husband took them both out of the theater and I finally got to enjoy the movie with my two older boys for the last ten minutes. Moral of this story: Don’t take toddler boys to the movies until they’re at least old enough to enjoy it. :)

What’s easy to enjoy, is this Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken. It’s super simple to throw in the crock pot. It cooks all day and then you have a healthy, delicious meal to devour after a long, busy day. I hope you love it as much as my family did!

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
  • 1½ cups sliced carrots
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. quick-cooking tapioca
  • 4-6 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 8-oz can pineapple chunks in juice
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. instant chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  1. Place vegetables in bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle with tapioca. Add chicken.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine pineapple (and juice), brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, bouillon and salt. Pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until chicken is cooked through and tender. Sever over cooked rice and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken
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    julieseatsandtreats says

    This is totally mean but I might be laughing at your movie theater escapade! Terrible though! Remind me never to tackle that :) This recipe sounds delicious!

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    CrazyforCrust says

    I still worry about movies with my daughter and she’s 8! Normally at home she’s doing 10 things while watching TV, so a darkened theatre is always a crapshoot. LOVE this chicken – totally making it because it will be kid approved!

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    Chelsia Rief says

    Just came across this pin on Pinterest and hopped on over here! Love the recipe and love the funny story! You now have a new follower, lol!

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    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says

    How perfect does that look? Definitely easy to enjoy….unlike toddlers and movies, which is an absolute LOST CAUSE!! :)

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    Sherri@MadeFromPinterest says

    Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share your recipe at our weekly Saturday Link Party ! Deb @

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    Kathleen says

    That looks really good. I love slow cooker recipes that I can just forget about and spend my time doing something else.

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    Miz Helen says

    Hi Jen,

    I just love Sweet and Sour Chicken, this is a great recipe! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater! says

    You sure know how to make a slow cooker meal look nice! One of my favorite dinners too! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #27!

    ~Amber @

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    This looks delicious. I will try it this week. You are so funny telling the story of your family in the theater. Brings back memories of my younger days with my family. Boys will be boys, won’t they. Never a dull moment. But, you wouldn’t want it any other way! Enjoy your family. Thanks for the recipe


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