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Gather your family around the table for a delicious and easy dump-and-go dinner recipe! Kids and adults love this Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken, which simmers in the Crock Pot while you tend to your busy fall schedules. Best of all, it’s better than Chinese take-out!
Is your back-to-school season shaping up to be as busy as mine? While I’m excited for the kids to return to a structured routine, I’m definitely not excited for the carpools, the early-morning rush, or the last-minute mealtime panic when I need supper on the table FAST. That’s where this easy slow cooker dinner comes to the rescue!
We all love to spend quality time as a family, but did you know that dinners together have benefits far beyond just some chitchat about the day? Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse, and to make families stronger – creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole. That’s why I’m excited to help support National Family Meals Month this September!
The Food Marketing Institute and its Foundation work to highlight the role of grocers and to bring the food industry together around a family meal movement encouraging one more meal at home per week. The FMI Family Meals Program is raising awareness and support for this cause, and it’s something that I feel very strongly about as well.
I do my best to plan suppers that we can all enjoy at the end of a busy day. They are never complicated or fancy, and they can usually be tossed together in a matter of minutes. This simple effort, though, makes a huge difference in our relationships with each other.
This is one of those perfect weeknight dinners that can be thrown into the slow cooker when you have a few spare minutes earlier in the day, making the evening dinnertime rush so much smoother. Best of all, the sauce comes together in just a matter of minutes…thanks to a wonderful little shortcut!
I love to use House of Tsang Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry Sauce as the base of the dish. The perfect balance of sweet and sour, this blend of rice vinegar, tomatoes, pineapple and bell peppers lives up to its name. Whisking just a few additional ingredients into the pot results in a rich and thick sauce that coats the tender, juicy chicken.
The House of Tsang products make preparing Asian food easy and delicious. If Sweet & Sour isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other oils, stir-fry and simmering sauces that your tastebuds will love!
We like to serve this dish with rice that I prepare in my rice cooker for easy, no-hassle cooking. Some steamed broccoli on the side rounds out the meal and soaks up all of that sweet and tangy extra sauce!
SLOW COOKER SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 4 hours
1 bottle (11.5 ounces) House of Tsang Sweet and Sour Stir Fry Sauce
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
2 – 2 ½ lbs. chicken thighs (or a combination of chicken thighs and breasts)
1 medium red bell pepper
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
Cooked rice, for serving
Place first 5 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker and whisk to combine. Stir in chicken. Cover with lid and cook on low for about 4 hours.
During the final 30 minutes of your cooking time, add bell pepper and pineapple to the slow cooker. Stir, and leave the slow cooker uncovered to allow the sauce to thicken even more.
When finished, shred or dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces before serving.
Serve over rice!
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You are reminding me that I need to break out my slow cooker! This sweet and sour chicken sounds incredible, Blair! Love how easy this is to make!
Thanks, Gayle! YES — the slow cooker is SUCH a lifesaver. Definitely in my list of Top 5 favorite appliances!
back to school and back to HEAT WAVE! so yes, sign me up! i love my slow cooker. Gonna try this next
Thanks, Lindsay! Slow cookers are THE BEST. Mine has basically been living on my counter over the past week or two, since I’m using it almost every day! 🙂
That looks utterly amazing!
Thanks for sharing! However, I think if you just stir fry the ingredients it takes only 30 mins in total and more healthy. Believe me the stir fry sauce is not supposed to be cooked over long time otherwise it will do hard to health. I would highly recommend just stir fry all of the ingredients.
What health harm does cooking the stir fry sauce cause ? This looks good but I don’t to turn a healthy dish in to a harmful dish. Thanks.