Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Crock-Pot Barbecue Pineapple Chicken


It's a special day in our house...today is our oldest's Sweet 16 birthday! To celebrate, I am making her another new favorite, BBQ Pineapple Chicken Quesadillas made with the recipe below.  



Quesadillas above are made with the shredded BBQ Pineapple Chicken
 and Cheddar Cheese, with pineapple salsa for dipping.


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Crock-Pot Barbecue Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs Chicken Breast (uncooked and *thawed)
  • 20 oz can of Pineapple (sliced or chunks - drained - cut to bite size)
  • 18 oz bottle of BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's - use your favorite)
  • 1 tsp of Crushed Red Pepper (optional - see tip below)
Directions
Spray crock-pot with non stick cooking spray. Place chicken breast on bottom of crock-pot.  Mix BBQ sauce, drained pineapple and crushed red pepper together, pour over chicken. Cook on low for approximately 7-8 hours or until tender. Enjoy over rice with steamed veggies, or shred to make BBQ sandwiches or yummy quesadillas!  

Tips  
Cooking times may vary from crock pot to crock pot. 

The crushed red pepper makes it a little spicy/hot. If you don't care for spicy, reduce the amount of red pepper to 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon, or just skip the red pepper. 

One more tip...to get all the BBQ sauce out of the bottle, I poured approximately 2 Tablespoons of the juice from the can of pineapples into the bottle and shook it up!   

If you LOVE pineapple, add more...you can't add too much!

*UPDATE (11/6/14) Quick note on using frozen meat in the crock-pot - For years I have used frozen chicken in the crock-pot, following recipes from other sites and bloggers. After doing further research, I would not do this, even if you have been cooking frozen meat in your slow cooker for years. This post, Is It Safe To Use Frozen Meat in Your Crockpot, from Two Healthy Kitchens, does an excellent job explaining why it is not. 


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!

45 comments:

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

This sounds so awesome! I love pineapple. Yum! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Yum Mary this looks so delicious and easy, perfect thanks for sharing :)

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Could this be any easier? Or more delicious looking? I am making this for dinner tomorrow night!!! - I just need the pineapple and I have all the ingredients - Printing and pinning NOW!!!!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Happy Sweet 16 to your daughter and thanks for sharing this sweet recipe. I look forward to trying this soon!! Pinning as a reminder!!

Marissa said...

Wow!! I need to try this one.. I am always looking for SIMPLE!! thanks for sharing.

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

This sounds so good. I love bbq and chicken and pineapple...yum.

Sherri @ The Well Floured Kitchen said...

Always looking for new crockpot ideas, for those busy weeknights. The kids will love this one! Thanks for the idea.

Mary said...

Hi Sherry! Thank you! We had it AGAIN tonight! :) It's super easy and it makes great leftovers....we had Quesadillas! Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you have a great weekend!

Mary said...

:) Thank you Mel!!!

Mary said...

I know you will love it! I made Quesadillas AGAIN tonight for Mr. R :) He loves them!!! Let me know how yours turn out!! Thanks for the pin and love!

Mary said...

Hi Lisa!

Thank you! She is taking her driving test tomorrow morning! YIKES!!!

Thanks so much for the visit, sweet comment & pin!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mary said...

Hi Marissa ~ Thank you! My family LOVES this dish...I love that it was so easy to make, and it makes great leftovers (Quesadillas). Thanks for the sweet words & visit!

Mary said...

Hi Heather - Thank you & ME TOO! I love bbq, chicken & pineapple....yummmm!!! :)

Mary said...

Hi Sherri! Thank you! You are so welcome. Hope you try this recipe. It is so easy and I was able to get two great meals out of it with a family of 4 (I made quesadillas the 2nd night). The whole family loves it!

Thanks for the sweet comment and visit! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Karly Campbell said...

Oh, goodness, that sounds good! I can always use more crockpot recipes, too!

Thanks for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Schnookums said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter... this too shall pass. :) Our daughter was (is) a delight- our son gave us starts and fits (but grew out of it)...will be trying her fave at our next Friday night card game. Thanx for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley,

how many frozen chicken breast did you put in the crock pot

Mary said...

I use 5 good size frozen breasts - I use a 3 lb bag.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Have a good night!

Anonymous said...

hi, im a new fan, i tried it and loved it, thanks :*

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious, thank you! Out of curiousity, do you drain the pineapple and just use 2 tablespoons of the juice to "clean out" the BBQ sauce bottle or do you use all of the pineapple juice?

Thanks again!!

Mary said...

Thank you!!! I'm so glad you stopped by to let me know!!! I hope you are having a great week!

Mary said...

Hi - Sorry about that - I just updated the recipe so it says (DRAINED) for the pineapples - just save approx 2 Tablespoons for the BBQ sauce bottle.

Thank you for the visit & GOOD question! I hope you make this, it's so simple and good! If you do, please stop by and let me know what you think!

Hope you have a great night! Thanks again!

Kayla said...

So...I have a bag of [raw] chicken breasts in the freezer that already have a bottle of BBQ sauce on them because I intended on cooking them in the crockpot and shredding them. I am totally going to put in a can of pineapples when I cook it :). Thank you for another variation of something we already like. I like hot and sweet so I'm sure the red pepper flakes will make it even more awesome :).

ArtistaScar said...

hi there!! this recipe sounds so delish I can't wait to make it. question.....do you thaw out the chicken or put it in frozen? I hope that's not a dumb question :) THANKS!!

ArtistaScar said...

this looks YUMMY and can't wait to make it! I was wondering if you have to thaw out the chicken or do you put it in frozen? hope that's not a dumb question. THANKS!! (can't wait to make the crazy cake either....problem is choosing WHICH)

Mary said...

Hi There....Not dumb at all - I threw it in frozen and cooked it on high in my crock-pot for about 5 hours. So easy! You can use thawed too, just adjust the cooking time, and maybe cook it on low for 6-8 hours, depending on how fast your crock-pot cooks! Hope you love it! It makes great leftovers, so many things you can make! The pepper flakes add some kick, so you can use a much or little are you like...adjust to your taste! You can also add more pineapple too! Enjoy! Thanks so much for the visit! Have a great weekend!

Mary said...

I hope you loved it! I am just reading this now! :( Not sure how I missed your comment! Thanks so much for the visit!

Anonymous said...

Can you use pineapple juice instead of canned pineapple?

Sarah Sloop said...

Well. I missed the drained part for Pineapple! This is what happens with a 2 year old running wild and a 1 year old on my hip trying to get a hold of the computer. We'll see how it is in a few hours! Excited to give it a taste!

Sarah Sloop said...

Well. I missed the drained part for Pineapple! This is what happens with a 2 year old running wild and a 1 year old on my hip trying to get a hold of the computer. We'll see how it is in a few hours! Excited to give it a taste!

Mary said...

I am sure you could...I'll heave to try that and let you know!

Mary said...

Hi Sarah, I'm sure it turned out great! The sauce is not thick to began with, it's more of a marinade for the chicken. When we have the chicken with rice and veggies, I ALWAYS pour the sauce on top. So good! I hope you loved it!

Thanks for the visit! Have a great day!

Brandie S. said...

You are so creative! Love recipes like this!

Grin Reaper said...

wonder if you could use franks hot sauce, would it be to thin?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just got a horseradish bark and I don't know what to do with it.
Does anyone know?

Heather Rice said...

My chicken was a little on the dry side when all done...did I miss something?

Shannon said...

In the pot for dinner tonight. Smells good so far.

julie gendron said...

I'm trying this right now, but i only have about 6 ounces of bbq sauce in the bottle so im cutting the pinapple down from 20 0z to 10 and just giving this a little try.. cant wait to get to the g-store!

tishel pimento said...

Was your frozen chicken raw or cooked?

tishel pimento said...

Was your frozen chicken raw or cooked?

Mary N said...

Raw :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary, how do you adjust this recipe for just two people?

Mary N said...

This could easily be adjusted for two people - use 2 to 3 chicken breasts (1 to 1.5 lbs), 1 1/4 cups BBQ sauce, a small can of pineapple and a few dashes of pepper flakes.

Little Ol' Liz said...

*For anyone experiencing "dry" chicken, there are a few fixes:

1.Substitute breasts for thighs. Dark meat can handle longer cooking times better.

2.Choose a smaller sized CrockPot. You can aim for filling them 2/3's full.

3.Cook for less time.

Anonymous said...

I got drums and thighs for avreally great price and I used them for this recipe after removing the skin. The chicken fell right off of the bone (6 hrs on high). I just pulled out the bones and it was a delicious way to use the inexpensive chicken!! Thanks