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Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

This easy Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe is made with diced chicken breasts and a simple, homemade sweet and sour sauce!

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I love sweet and sour recipes so much that I have several variations here on my site. One of my most popular requests is for a slow cooker version. This recipe for Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken has the most flavorful homemade sauce. I think it’s my new favorite!

Sweet & Sour Chicken, fully cooked, down in a black oval slow cooker.

TIPS FOR MAKING SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN:

  • Want a bit more heat? Add some red chili flakes or a bit of sriracha sauce to the sauce mixture.
  • This can also be made in the oven. Follow directions as shown below but instead of popping everything in the slow cooker, place it in a 9″x 13″ baking dish and bake at 350f degrees for 45 minutes (stirring the mixture gently every 15 minutes for even coating.)
  • If you love a lot of sauce, feel free to double the sauce recipe.
  • Obviously when cooking in a crock pot, you aren’t going to get crunchy chicken. This ends up being a deliciously tender, glazed chicken.
Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken from The Country Cook, shown in a crock pot with a wooden spoon scooping some out.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • ketchup
  • apple cider vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • ground ginger
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • cornstarch
  • oil
  • red, orange & yellow bell peppers
  • pineapple chunks
soy sauce, honey, ketchup, apple cider vinegar , garlic powder, ground ginger, sesame seeds, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cornstarch, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, pineapple chunks, green onions.

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN:

In a medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until well combined. Set aside.

sweet and sour sauce whisked in a small white bowl.

Place the chicken pieces into a large ziploc bag with the cornstarch; seal and shake until the chicken is evenly coated.

diced chicken breast in a ziploc bag filled with cornstarch.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain on paper towels. Add the diced bell peppers and pineapple chunks (with juice) into the bottom of a 5 quart (or larger) oval slow cooker. Place chicken into the slow cooker.

diced fried chicken, diced bell peppers and pineapple chunks in the bottom of an oval slow cooker.

Pour the mixed sauce over the top of the chicken and vegetables; stir gently and cover. 

sweet and sour sauce poured over chicken and bell peppers in a slow cooker.

Cook on low for about 3-4 hours (or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F degrees.)

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken, before cooking, in an oval black slow cooker.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds once the sweet and sour chicken has finished cooking.

fully cooked Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken, topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onion.

Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sliced green onions.

sweet and sour chicken served over rice in a bowl with chopsticks.

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Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

This easy Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe is made with diced chicken breasts and a simple, homemade sweet and sour sauce!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • cup honey
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

For the chicken:

For serving:

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
  • Place the chicken pieces into a large ziploc bag with the cornstarch; seal and shake until the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add the diced bell peppers and pineapple chunks (with juice) into the bottom of a 5 quart (or larger) oval slow cooker.
  • Place chicken into the slow cooker.Pour the mixed sauce over the top of the chicken and vegetables; stir gently and cover. 
  • Cook on low for about 3-4 hours (or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F degrees).
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds once the sweet and sour chicken has finished cooking.
  • Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sliced green onions.

Notes

  • This can also be made in the oven. Follow directions as shown below but instead of popping everything in the slow cooker, place it in a 9″x 13″ baking dish and bake at 350F degrees for 45 minutes (stirring the mixture gently every 15 minutes for even coating.)
  • If you love a lot of sauce, feel free to double the sauce recipe.
  • Obviously when cooking in a crock pot, you aren’t going to get crunchy chicken. This ends up being a deliciously tender, glazed chicken.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 797mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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14 Comments

  1. Would this recipe work to substitute the honey for brown sugar? We love honey but my youngest child is still under 1 so we are avoiding honey.

  2. 5 stars
    Speaking from the view of a single guy, this is an easy recipe for me to make one of my favorites. Keep these coming and “thanks”!

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times – it is delicious! I have substituted a green pepper once for one of the peppers as I had it on hand. Still delicious. The coating on the chicken is not too heavy and the sauce is nice and tangy, and with the addition of the pineapple – gives that great sweet and sour taste. It has become part of our regular rotation as I love the ease of crock pot cooking.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night. I only made one small change . I used one green bellpepper and one red . I added one small onion large chopped. My sweet and sour chicken was done in three hours in the crockpot. I served this over plain white rice. My husband and I liked this recipe and will add it to our recipe collection. Thank You so much for this recipe.

  5. I used to be able to pin and print recipes from this sight. Why doesn’t it allow me to. Print and pin anymore?