Do you use a crock pot ? You know it is funny how many of my readers STILL have never used a crock pot.
Some of the best chicken meals I have EVER had have been made in a crock pot – including today’s crock pot pineapple mandarin chicken
What Is so awesome about this dish is the marriage of flavors. First you have a wonderful pineapple preserves. The pineapple give the dish a wonderful sweetness.
The mandarin sauce ( which is sadly not gluten – free) gives a tart taste ( a little like soy sauce) which counter balances the sweetness of the pineapple
I finish the dish with some red pepper flakes to give it just a touch of heat.
This recipe is a winner plain and simple
Let’s find on how to make it 😉
You can make the same dish with breast or any other part of the chicken. If you notice I tend to use chicken breast a lot since it is healthier
Adding the extra salt is optional since there tends to be a lot of sodium in bottled sauces
You can leave out the lemon juice as well but I find that give the other all dish a clean taste
One thing I really like to do when constructing a dish is creating the layered taste profile.
You can serve this dish with rice or a nice salad.
OH!!!! I added some red pepper flakes when I was plating ( so they are not in the picture)
Here are some finished pictures
Because it was cooked in a crock pot the meat was SUPER juicy
There recipe made 4 chicken breasts but I only could fit 3 on the plate – but this dish is perfect for families and a perfect weekday meal
If you do make this recipe please remember to comment on what you thought of it 🙂
Crock Pot Pineapple Mandarin Chicken Recipe
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 15 oz of Mandarin Sauce
- 1 Jar of Pineapple Preserves
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Set your crock pot to low
- Salt and Pepper Each Chicken Breast and Place Into the crock pot
- Pour in Sauce and Preserves
- Cover and Cook for 6 - 8 hours on low
- Transfer chicken to serving platter
- squeeze lemon juice on each chicken breast
- Sprinkle Red Pepper Flakes