Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

Delight family members by serving them sweet and sour chicken packed with vegetables with addition of pineapple chunks – a hearty slow-cooked dinner.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

1
can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks in juice
1
cup baby-cut carrots, cut in half
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon finely chopped gingerroot
2
pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2
cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1
medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4
cup cornstarch
1/4
cup water
Hot cooked rice or chow mein noodles, if desired
  • 1 Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Place pineapple chunks in small bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  • 2 Place carrots, onion, garlic and gingerroot in 4 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker. Top with chicken. Mix soy sauce, brown sugar and reserved pineapple juice; pour over chicken.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 9 hours or until juice of chicken is no longer pink.
  • 4 During last 30 minutes, add pineapple and bell peppers. Increase to high heat setting. Mix cornstarch and water; stir into chicken mixture during last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve with rice.

Expert Tips

If you don't have fresh gingerroot on hand, use 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger instead.

If you're taking this favorite to a potluck or gathering, chow mein noodles. They add a nice crunch, and there's no need to worry about keeping them hot-simply serve from the bag.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
870mg
870%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
18%;
Exchanges:
4 Vegetable; 3 Lean Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.