Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs


This family-friendly dinner is just as good as takeout but made really easily in your slow cooker. We like to serve it with rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 green onion, chopped


  1. Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch, garlic powder, and ground ginger together in a small bowl. Toss chicken thighs in cornstarch mixture until they are evenly coated.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in the skillet until browned on all sides, 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  3. Drain juice from the can of pineapple chunks into a measuring cup. You should have approximately 3/4 cup to 1 cup of juice.

  4. Mix 1/2 cup pineapple juice, chicken stock, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and soy sauce together in a slow cooker. Add browned chicken pieces and stir to coat chicken with the sauce. Cook on Low for 3 1/2 hours.

  5. Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup pineapple juice. Stir cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker. Increase the slow cooker heat to High and add pineapple chunks and chopped red bell pepper.

  6. Cook on High until the sauce is bubbly and thickened and bell pepper is crisp-tender, about 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped green onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
10g Fat
32g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 36mg 178%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 348mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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