Love breaking out the slow cooker for a no fuss meal on a busy day. This is my version of Hawaiian Pulled Chicken. The recipe would work well with pork as well. I opted for chicken thighs because I think they are moist and have more flavor. Besides a hearty sandwich using ciabatta rolls, I also served it over rice one day and over a fresh green salad for a lighter meal. Whichever way you choose to serve it, this is one of those recipes that improves with flavor as the days go. Great for a freezer meal!
Hawaiian Pulled Chicken~Slow Cooker Recipe
Mix and Set Aside
1 full cup fresh pineapple, diced
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
3 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
5 green onions, sliced
2 serrano peppers, minced
1 tablespoon red chile pepper flakes
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons honey
2 to 3 tablespoons sriracha
2 tablespoons lime juice
* we like our foods spicy, adjust to your spice level
*For a mexican twist on this recipe, I would add 3 chipotles in adobo minced instead of the sriracha, 2 tablespoons of chile ancho powder and 1 tablespoon of annatto powder. Kind of like an Al Pastor flavor.
You will also need
1/2 white onion, sliced
2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breast
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1. In a bowl combine the first 12 ingredients. Stir well to combine and adjust the salt and acid levels to your taste. Set aside.
2. In the slow cooker, layer the sliced onions on the bottom. Add half of the chicken and spread out evenly. Pour in half of the pineapple mixture from the bowl over chicken. Add another layer of chicken and remaining pineapple mix. Pour the chicken broth over the top. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or for 6 to 8 hours on low.
3. When ready, pull chicken from the slow cooker and pull apart using two forks. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water until smooth. Whisk the slurry into the hot broth remaining in the crock pot. The sauce will thicken quickly. Add the chicken back in, turn heat to low setting and cook for another 10 minutes. Yields 6-8 servings for sandwiches.