On busy weeknights, I rely on my crockpot. Let me guess, your house runs the same way when the schedule is full?
Usually I have some spare time in my mornings to assemble the meal and prep ingredients. But last week was jam packed. So I was struggling to get dinner on the table. I hardly even had time to dump ingredients in the crock pot each morning!
Thankfully I remembered this fast, easy, yet flavorful dish. I forgot to thaw out my chicken breasts the night before, but that wasn’t an issue. Fresh or frozen chicken can be used for this meal.
Dump chicken. Dump can of pineapple chunks and juice. Dump brown sugar. Dump soy sauce. Slice a few potatoes (or buy baby potatoes to eliminate this step). Turn on and walk away. That’s my kind of cooking on a busy day!
When I finally returned from work, with a hungry family, I quickly boiled some instant brown rice. While that simmered, I shredded the chicken in the crock pot. By the time everyone put away their backpacks, unpacked lunch boxes, and washed hands, it was time to eat. If this sounds like a typical day in your busy family life, then you will want need this recipe in your arsenal!
The sauce is simple yet bursting with sweet pineapple flavors mixed with salty soy sauce. The potatoes and chicken are filling and the rice helps the dish feed more bellies. Little kids will savor the sweetness of the fruit. Older ones, like me and my husband, like to sprinkle a few red pepper flakes over our bowl for an added kick.
Have family in town for the holidays? Double this recipe to feed a crowd. Your guests will be pleased with the meal, and you can spend time with those that you love instead slaving away in the kitchen!
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- 1 can pineapple chunks and juice, 20 oz
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 3-5 medium red potatoes
- Place all ingredients in crockpot.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve over rice.