Tropical Pineapple Chicken (Slow Cooker + IP)

Do you want an easy, 3 ingredient dinner without a ton of work? Make this Tropical Pineapple Chicken in your Crockpot or Instant Pot and serve it over rice, in a sandwich or on top of a salad! 

A bowl of pineapple chicken over rice

This recipe is part of my Dump it ’til it’s hot series of dump recipes. It’s all about making delicious food with minimal prep, no pre-cooking, the ability to freeze for a good make-ahead meal. And trust me when I say, easy never tasted so good!

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Tropical Pineapple Chicken

I love a good shredded chicken recipe! There are so many options for ways to serve it and repurpose it for multiple meals and meal preps. So I thought it would be fun to mix things up with a tropical chicken recipe.

I love the idea of taking only a couple ingredients and dumping them into a crockpot or instant pot and letting the machine to the rest. The great thing about these is that the chicken ends up fall-apart-tender and the other ingredients give it a robust flavor that will keep everyone coming back for more!

Tropical chicken in a slow cooker pot from overhead.

Tips for making this Pineapple Chicken Recipe

  • I like to trim any extra fat from the chicken breasts to that it’s all meat and nothing weird or chewy.
  • You don’t even have to stir the ingredients-, this is a true dump-and-go recipe.
  • I always taste it before serving and if you feel it needs salt and pepper you can totally add it (specific to your taste) but don’t feel like you need to!

What cut of chicken is best?

I made this with chicken breasts to keep it on the leaner side but this would also be delicious with boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 4-6 of them since they’re smaller).

How do you serve tropical pineapple chicken?

One thing I love about this crockpot pineapple chicken recipe is that it offers several serving options. It’s excellent on it’s own with the sides of your choice. You can serve it over white or brown rice. Put it in some Hawaiian rolls or the bread of your choice for sandwiches. Or for a healthier twist, use it as a salad topper.

A close up of a bowl of this pineapple chicken recipe over rice.

Where does pineapple chicken come from?

I’ve heard various mixed opinions in terms of the origin of classic pineapple chicken recipes. Some say they have Asian origins (these variations are typically enjoyed in stir fry form). Other’s say Hawaii is the place of origin since many people are quick to associate pineapple with Hawaii. For this particular recipe, I was inspired by my brother in-law Les. He is of Puerto Rican background and is an excellent cook. He was the person who introduced me to Sofrito as an ingredient and the addition of the pineapple seemed delicious and lent the “tropical feel).

Can you make pineapple chicken with fresh pineapple?

Yes- I would dice it pretty small (use around 1 cup of diced) and add 1/4 cup of water since there won’t be juice like you find in the canned pineapple.

Is pineapple chicken sweet?

A little but but the Sofrito adds a nice balance, so it ends up being a little bit sweet and a little bit savory.

Can you freeze pineapple chicken?

Yes! Like most of my dump-and-go recipes, you can place all ingredients into a plastic zipper bag and freeze and then thaw before cooking. You can also freeze this covered once cooked if you’d rather (be sure you don’t shred it too finely if doing this).

A fork holding some tropical chicken recipe on it

How long does pineapple chicken last?

3-4 days covered in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.

How do you reheat pineapple chicken?

You can reheat this in the microwave in individual servings or in a saute pan over medium heat- be sure to stir it frequently.

What are the ingredients for Tropical Pineapple Chicken?

  • Chicken breasts
  • Sofrito
  • Canned pineapple
  • Chopped cilantro (optional- this is a garnish)

How do you make the pineapple sauce?

The great thing about this dish, is once you add the ingredients into the pot and start the cooking, it makes the sauce for you. You don’t have to do anything extra to make the sauce.

An overhead image of a bowl of crockpot pineapple chicken

How to make tropical pineapple chicken

  1. Place the chicken into the pot
  2. Pour the sofrito and the crushed pineapple with it’s juices over the top of the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook as per the recipe directions (depending on which machine you’re using).
  4. Once cooking is done, shred chicken.
  5. Stir the shredded chicken with the sauce to combine.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tropical Chicken Recipe Upgrades

Although this is designed to be a dump-and-go recipe, here are a few “upgrades” you can make if you have a little extra time on your hands and don’t mind doing a small amount of extra work. You don’t have to do them to have a delicious meal, but they will make this recipe come out even more delicious:

  • Chop up frosh cilantro to serve over the top of the finished chicken as a garnish.
  • Serve over instant white or brown rice.
  • Make a sandwich with your favorite rolls (I like Hawaiian rolls!).
  • Make a green salad and serve this chicken over the top.

A close up image of shredded instant pot pineapple chicken.

Make it a meal!

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Tropical Pineapple Chicken (Slow Cooker + Instant Pot)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 

Do you want an easy, 3 ingredient dinner without a ton of work? Make this Tropical Pineapple Chicken in your Crockpot or Instant Pot and serve it over rice, in a sandwich or on top of a salad! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pineapple chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 12 ounce jar Sofrito tomato cooking base
  • 1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional- for garnish)
  • Cooked white rice, rolls or a salad for serving
Instructions
Slow Cooker instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts into pot.

  2. Pour Sofrito and crushed pineapple and it's juices onto the top of the chicken breasts.

  3. Cover the pot.

  4. Cook on high for 4-6 hours.

  5. Remove cover, shred chicken and stir to combine.

  6. Serve immediately with chopped cilantro over the top.

Instant Pot instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts into pot.

  2. Pour Sofrito and crushed pineapple and it's juices onto the top of the chicken breasts.

  3. Cover the pot.

  4. Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.

  5. Once the 10 minutes is up to a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick release.

  6. Remove cover, shred chicken and stir to combine.

  7. Serve immediately with chopped cilantro over the top.

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