Looking for a few new easy chicken recipes to use with your slow cooker? Our Hawaiian style chicken and rice dish may be just the answer. Simply add the ingredients, set the timer, and forget about it until it is ready. You can also prepare the ingredients needed the day before you plan on having this particular meal for an even easier dish.
Although simple, dishes such as this one have a distinctive ethnic flair to them as the many international recipes that also use fruits like pineapples for flavor. While they originated in South America, pineapples are usually the fruit that comes to mind when thinking of the state of Hawaii. Along with the fruit and brown sugar, the ginger, lemon juice, mustard, and soy sauce provide an array of other flavors that blend well together.
Crockpot chicken recipes like this simple dish could not be easier to prepare. Serve our Hawaiian style chicken and hot buttered rice dish for lunch or dinner or for the holidays to guests in large bowls. There are no expensive or exotic ingredients needed for this dish although its taste is reminiscent of an authentic Chinese dinner thanks to the rice, seasonings, and the savory chicken.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
Salt to taste
1 can pineapple chunks, reserve juice
2 red bell peppers, diced
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 cups instant white rice
Butter, as needed
1 cup scallions, chopped
Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and place the pieces of chicken inside. Season the chicken with a dash of salt if desired then place the pineapple chunks on top followed by the diced peppers.
In a mixing bowl, combine the reserved pineapple juice with the brown sugar, lemon juice, ginger, cornstarch, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and black pepper and mix well. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on the low setting for 4 to 5 hours or 2 to 3 hours on the high setting.
Prepare the instant white rice just before the chicken is done and season generously with butter and black pepper if desired.
Serve the Hawaiian style chicken over a bed of the hot buttered rice and sprinkle the chopped scallions on top.
Just imagine serving this Hawaiian style chicken and rice dish at your next dinner party. With the white rice, red peppers, and green scallions this meal is not only visually appealing but also full of various delicious flavors that blend together perfectly. The tender and juicy chicken with just the right amount of seasonings provides the bulk of the meal while the hot buttered white rice makes for the ideal complementary side dish. Serve this easy to make meal whenever you are tired of making ordinary chicken dinners or using yet another boring meat and potato recipe.