Saturday, November 7, 2015

Slow Cooker Meal: Hawaiian Style Chicken

Sometimes you don't have time to "cook" a meal.  You know what I mean?

These days are busy for everyone.  The holidays are coming and there are so many things to do. Planning the big day meal becomes a project in itself.  Plus there are just everyday life things that get in the way, like work, errands, kids activities, chores. You know the drill.

I had a day like that the other day.  We had just returned from vacation.  I didn't get to the grocery store before the new work week started so I just needed something I could cook for Monday's dinner that was fast and super easy using a few ingredients that I had on hand.  Something I could just dump and go.

That's where the slow cooker comes in to play.

It's a godsend I tell you!

You can prep a meal the night before in the crock and put it in the refrigerator, or do it the morning of, turn it on a go. When you come back 8 hours later BAM! you have a wonderful dinner waiting for you.  

So I found frozen chicken which I thawed overnight, and a few fresh veggies and a couple of pantry items and I was all set to make a Hawaiian Style Chicken.  This is a super easy version of teriyaki chicken.  All you have to do is make the rice and a salad when you get home and dinner is served!

Now don't be put off by the lack of ingredients in this dish.  It is super flavorful guaranteed. Something the entire family with enjoy and very kid friendly.  Sometimes simple but flavor punching ingredients are the best.  You'll end up with a sweet and savory dish that's great over rice but would be perfect as sliders on a Hawaiian roll.   

Enjoy a quick and easy dinner!

Hawaiian Style Chicken

serves 4

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 15 oz cans of pineapple chunks in juice, undrained
1 onion, sliced
2 orange or red bell peppers, diced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 c soy sauce
cooked hot rice for serving

To a slow cooker add the chicken, pineapple with the juice, onions, bell pepper, brown sugar, and soy sauce.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Break the chicken into chunks if needed.  Serve over hot rice if desired.

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