Crockpot Pineapple Chicken recipe is an easy weeknight meal that’s also perfect for meal prep. I recently started working with the husband of one of my former clients in my 1:1 nutrition practice and we determined he would need to be on the autoimmune paleo diet. It’s so fun that I get to work with families but it also helps me get an intimate understanding of what their lives are like from multiple perspectives.
This family is busy busy! They have two elementary school aged children and both parents have had health hurdles. They really need some meals that will support the whole family while also being really simple to prepare. That’s exactly who I had in mind while creating this recipe!
What’s pineapple chicken?
Pineapple chicken is a mix of pineapple and chicken in a sweet, savory autoimmune paleo sauce. You’ll sometimes find it on the menu at Chinese food restaurants, or sweet and sour chicken, which is another Chinese food dish that will occasionally come with pineapple.
This particular spin on pineapple chicken includes shredded chicken instead of chicken chunks. You could also make it with chunks if you prefer it.
What ingredients do I need for autoimmune paleo crockpot pineapple chicken?
- Pineapple (duh)
- Chicken (duh)
- Coconut aminos
- White vinegar
- Bone broth or chicken broth
- Sea salt
Is this crockpot pineapple chicken recipe healthy?
Yes! As a nutritional therapist who helps people with autoimmune disease, my top priority is creating recipes that are going to be healthy for my clients. Here are a few of the substitutes I make to create a recipe that’s both nourishing, healthy, and autoimmune paleo friendly:
Soy Sauce: I sub soy sauce, a common food sensitivity, for coconut aminos. Coconut aminos have a similar texture, color, and taste to soy sauce, but they are a bit more on the sweet side.
Canned pineapple: Instead of using canned pineapple, we use fresh in this recipe. Fresh pineapple has more nutritional value and, unlike canned pineapple, doesn’t soak in syrup. Even if you do find pineapple chunks packed in pineapple juice (ideal for those taking short cuts!), canned foods pose a potential health risk. Aluminum from cans may leach into the foods inside them, especially if those foods are particularly acidic or fatty. That doesn’t mean don’t eat canned foods EVER, but be conscious of how often you’re eating out of them and try to eat fresh or frozen food when possible.
Sugar: Sugar is used in a lot of sweeter sauces but we use honey and pineapple to sweeten this particular dish. While processed sugar isn’t bad (I try to avoid saying foods are bad or good, they’re just food!), unrefined sugar (like honey or fruits) are more nutrient dense and easier for your body to process and digest.
How to make chicken pineapple fried rice?
If you want to turn this into a fried rice, just sautee up some cauliflower rice in a cast iron skillet with some onions, then add in your pineapple chicken when it’s done. So delicious!
What should I pair it with?
This crockpot pineapple chicken would taste AMAZING with my Asian Chopped Salad recipe. It will also taste great with grilled asparagus, cauliflower rice, roasted vegetables, or topped on some greens.
You may also like it with some vegetarian chow mien!
Crockpot Chicken Pineapple Recipe
- dutch oven
- 2 lbs chicken thighs chopped into bite size chunks
- 3/4 cup coconut amions
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 4 tbsp garlic cloves minced
- 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup shallots green leaves sliced for garnish
- Whisk the coconut aminos, vinegar, honey, garlic in a small bowl and set it aside
- Season the chicken on both sides with salt (optional)
- Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of your crock pot then add the chicken, the sauce, and pineapple chunks on top
- cover and cook on low in the crock pot for 4 hours
- Remove the chicken from the crock pot, shred it with two forks, then mix it back in with the pineapple liquid.
- Serve over cauliflower rice or in a scooped out pineapple