Slow Cooked Sweet And Sour Chicken
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Slow Cooked Sweet And Sour Chicken

Servings 6 -8
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 3 lb boneless skinless chicken cut into chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or canned, drained
  • 1 medium red bell pepper cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium green bell pepper cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp honey or brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5-Spice powder [see cook's note]
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes [more or less to taste]
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Thickener:
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • cooked jasmine/basmati rice for serving

Instructions

  • Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Arrange the chopped vegetables on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Arrange the chicken and pineapple chunks on top. Whisk together the sauce ingredients. Pour on top of the chicken and pineapple.
  • Cook on low for 5 hours or until the chicken is fork tender and cooked through. Increase the slow cooker to the high setting.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in cold water. Whisk into the sauce until thickened.
  • Simmer on high for 10-15 additional minutes.
  • Serve over rice.

Notes

To add Vegetables at the end of Cooking:
Omit the vegetables at the beginning of preparation.
a) Cook the chicken and pineapple in the slow cooker with the sauce as directed. Add the vegetables during the last 1 hour of cooking. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch and water per the recipe, before serving.
b) Alternatively, stir-fry the bell peppers and onion in a couple of drizzles of oil in a skillet on the stove-top. Season with salt & black pepper to your taste. Thicken the sauce in the slow cooker per the recipe, then stir in crisp-cooked vegetables just before serving.
Chinese 5-Spice powder includes; cinnamon, fennel, schezwan peppers, star anise and clove ground into a spice blend. It's readily available on the spice aisle or in the Asian section of most grocery stores.