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Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken is a delicious blend of sweet and savory. With just 3 ingredients, this meal is perfect for busy weeknights. Serve over rice or on buns and dinner is complete.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken over rice in a white bowl
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Once you learn how to make this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, you will see why it is a family favorite. You are going to absolutely love how easy this meal is to make in the crock pot recipe.

If you love this Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken recipe, you may also love this Crock Pot BBQ Ranch Chicken Recipe, Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Foil Packet Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Recipe and Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

You are going to love this super simple dinner idea. It is packed with flavor without much work at all. Pineapple chicken is easy to prepare. I really love the combination of BBQ sauce and pineapple together.

It is amazing and I’m not kidding when I say the sauce is the best. I could eat this chicken alone because it is that yummy and flavorful. With only 3 ingredients, you can make this without much expense.

It tastes like there is more involved but really it is so easy and budget friendly.


Ingredient to make Hawaiian BBQ Chicken: Chicken, BBQ Sauce and Pineapple

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Variations Ideas

  • Chicken – Substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can also mix them together. This is a great way to save money and use what is on sale or you already have.
  • Pineapple Variations – Any pineapple will work. We used pineapple chunks but rings, crushed or whatever you have will work.
  • Additions – For added flavor you can easily add in a ¼ cup of honey, brown sugar, or soy sauce. Seasoning can be added such as black pepper, garlic, ginger, or red pepper flakes.

How to Make Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

  • Step 1 – First, add the chicken and onions in the crockpot.
  • Step 2 – Second, place the pineapple and the juice on top of the chicken. Add the BBQ sauce and that is it.
Uncooked chicken breast in the slow cooker topped with BBQ Sauce and chunks of pineapple
  • Step 3 – Finally, cook on low. It normally takes about 8 to 10 hours. You can slow cook on high if you prefer for 3-4 hours. Cooking time will vary.
  • Step 4 – Once the Hawaiian barbecue chicken is finished cooking, shred and stir back into the sauce. Serve the chicken with your favorite sides.

Recipe Tips

  • Freeze rice to make this meal even easier during the week. I love to cook a bunch of rice in advance in the slow cooker. Divide into equal portions and freeze for later. Dinner just got even easier.
  • Shredding Chicken – Shred the chicken easier with a mixer. This saves me time and shreds the chicken perfectly.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken over Rice in a white bowl on a black countertop with a striped linen next to it

Serving Suggestions

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken in a black crock pot

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Brown the Chicken before Adding to Slow Cooker?

No, you do not need to brown the chicken before adding to the crockpot. You can even place frozen chicken in the slow cooker.

Do I Need to Add Liquid in the Slow Cooker When Cooking Chicken?

When cooking chicken recipes in the slow cooker, we usually cook it in a sauce or salsa to keep it from drying out.

How to Store Leftovers Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Store slow cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last about 3-4 days.

Can I Freeze Hawaiian BBQ Chicken?

I love to make a double recipe and freeze it for later. It is so handy having this in the freezer for a quick meal. Simply place it in a freezer bag. I like to use bags because they lay flat and take up less room in the freezer. If stored properly the chicken will last about 3 months.
Once you are ready to eat, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in a pan. It is so easy!

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken over rice in a white bowl on a black countertop with 2 forks behind it.

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Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

4.70 from 13 votes
The best hawaiian chicken recipe. You are going to love this quick and easy hawaiian crockpot chicken. Make this crock pot hawaiian bbq chicken recipe today
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 423


  • 3 lbs boneless chicken breast (approximately 4-5 Chicken Breasts)
  • 2 cups Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Can of Pineapple Chunks (20 oz.)
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  • Place the chicken, barbecue sauce and pineapple chunks in a 6 quart crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and mix it into the sauce in the crock pot.
  • Serve immediately over rice, topped with diced green onions. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate in an air tight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 423kcal, Carbohydrates 39g, Protein 49g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 145mg, Sodium 1242mg, Potassium 1061mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 32g, Vitamin A 282IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 43mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Cheryl says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved this recipe. It’s delicious. I put it over rice, made sliders, and ate it as is. Ways to serve it are endless. Definitely will be making it often.

  2. Brittney says:

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. Absolutely delicious and everyone loved it!! Going to use leftovers for nachos!