Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken

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We’re definitely into comfort food here when the weather is chilly, so lets get started with this Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken recipe from

Our slow cooker is a life saver – a life line to a hot, comforting dinner that we wouldn’t always have had time to make.  Between work, the kids with school and sports and everyday life I can’t believe that we don’t eat macaroni and cheese out of the box for dinner. And I can proudly say that we actually don’t.

A frozen pizza or boxed mac and cheese meal doesn’t show it’s face around our house that often at all…we just always seem to be cooking something.  But for those nights that we know one of us is running a kid to one field and the other is going to another soccer field, slow cooker recipes are the best.

This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken is one of our favorites – kids included. It’s sweet and tangy, perfect over rice or in a taco or a slider. Or just plain out of a bowl.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken recipe from

Start off by cooking the chicken. get two pounds of chicken in your slow cooker with some chicken broth, garlic cloves and pineapple juice.  Cook on high for 4 hours until the chicken is tender and easily shreds.  Shred the chicken and drain all of the liquid out from the slow cooker, saving 2 cups for the sauce.  Add a cup of apricot preserves, soy and teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce and Wondra® flour to the liquid and whisk to combine.

Wondra flour is a quick way to thicken sauces without having to make a cornstarch mixture, you can add Wondra flour directly into whatever you want to thicken up and it works amazingly well.  Next put the shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and pour in the sauce. Mix the chicken together with the sauce so that it’s completely coated and cook for another hour on high.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken recipe from

Serve over hot bowls of rice and use a few sesame seeds and chopped scallions for garnish! Now that’s a pretty amazing looking slow cooker dinner!

If you are counting WW points, the point totals are included at the top of this post. Use reduced-sugar jam for an accurate point count.

Here are a few more Hawaiian-themed recipes you might like to try…

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken

Amazing, easy slow cooker recipe that the whole family will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 302kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Polynesian
Keyword slow cooker hawaiian chicken, slow cooker sticky chicken, sticky chicken


  • Slow Cooker


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water, (or 1 tablespoon Wondra flour)
  • hot cooked rice, for serving (optional)
  • chopped green onions, for garnish (optional)
  • sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  • Place the chicken breasts, chicken broth, pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, garlic cloves and salt in your slow cooker and set on high for 4 hours. Then remove the chicken to a cutting board.
  • Drain the liquid from the slow cooker into a large measuring cup or bowl. Save 2 cups of the liquid (including some of the crushed pineapple) and put back into the slow cooker.  Discard all of the remaining liquid.
  • Add the apricot jam, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, hoisin, crushed red pepper flakes and cornstarch to the liquid in the slow cooker, and whisk to combine.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks and return to the slow cooker with the sauce. Stir to combine the chicken with the sauce, cover and cook on high for 1 more hour.
  • Serve over hot, cooked rice, and garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.



  • If counting WW points, use reduced-sugar jam. Rice is not included in the point count. Divide recipe into 6 servings for serving size.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1952mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 23.3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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  • Millican Pecan wrote:

    This is a great recipe! I’m looking into making things all winter this year in either my slow cooker or instant pot. I love all the flavors in this recipe…yum! A new way to cook chicken (for me)!

  • Julie wrote:

    Love the flavor of this! SO good and it was delicious as leftovers as well!

  • Bree wrote:

    Oh my this looks so tasty! I love anything chicken and the flavors here sound amazing!!

  • wilhelmina wrote:

    This has become one of our favorites! So yummy!

  • Billy wrote:

    This is seriously the best chicken ever. The sweet tangy flavor is a huge hit in our house! Thank you for an awesome recipe.

  • Cheryl S wrote:

    I have everything needed for this recipe!! going to try it this weekend! thanks I know my family will love it!

  • Daisywulf wrote:

    I don’t have hoisin sauce. Any recommendations for a substitute?

  • Patricia R. wrote:

    I’m not a huge fan of crock pot chicken breasts, but I’m thinking pork shoulder might be a good substitute. The sauce sounds very tasty.

  • Rick wrote:

    My wife suggested this; I was sceptical as I’m not a fan of fruit and chicken together. But let me say, the flavour of this is simply brilliant; the blend of sweet, salty and savoury coming together to create magic. In Canada we don’t have Wondra, so I used 2 table spoons of all purpose flour; the result wasn’t all that ‘sticky’ but still thick enough. This one is going into our ‘make again’ file!

  • Mike Jaroch wrote:

    I’m going to try thickening the sauce in a pan next time, and then add it back to the slow cooker with the chicken. Didn’t have any Wondra and had to use 3 times the corn starch recommended.

  • Marie wrote:

    I made this for dinner tonight, a bit too sweet for my taste but otherwise very good! I will make it again but with half the jam and/or half the hoisin sauce next time.

    I have so much leftover, i will try it in a sandwich pull pork style tomorrow for lunch, i can’t wait!

  • Jeanine wrote:

    Looking for nutritional info for my food log. Do you have that info?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I do not have nutritional information on this one, sorry!

  • Jan wrote:

    I guess I should have read this properly – I kept all the juice.  DOH!  No wonder the sauce is not thick.

  • Cathy wrote:

    Hi, I’m making your Slow cooker Hawaiian chicken, and you say to empty all the juice from the crock pot and retain only 2 cups. What do you do with all the rest of those good juices?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Tanya Simmons wrote:

    Thanks for the great recipe. Cooked it for friends for lunch today. Everyone loved it….will be making again!

  • Angie S wrote:

    Do you see any problems doing the chicken 8 hours on low? Thanks — excited to try this!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It might possibly be okay, but chicken tends to dry out in the slow cooker so I’m not entirely sure.

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    My kids will definitely love this one! Love a different type of slow cooker meal!

  • Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction wrote:

    Hi Lori,
    It’s getting cooler but this weekend we should see a larger cool down.  This recipe looks great and it’s different from what I normally make.  I’ll have to try it.  We eat chicken a lot and sometimes it gets boring.  Are you in the Northeast all the time now?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hi Annamaria, this recipe was written by one of my new contributors- see the author box at the end of the recipe. I still live in the Lake Tahoe area!

  • Kathy wrote:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! How about NORTH East coast? lol – it’s still hot in Florida! 😀

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Well at least the slow cooker is a good option since it doesn’t heat up your kitchen 🙂

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets wrote:

    YES! I love using my slow cooker as well for weeknight meals. This one is going on the menu!