Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

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When I’m in a creative slump, I always go to my friends and family for recipe inspiration.  What does my cousin Ashley tell me to make every time? Hawaiian Chicken.

Every. Single. Time.

Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw.  Doesn't this just scream "summer" to you?  |

Even though she’s been telling me to make Hawaiian Chicken for over a year now (seriously), I kept putting it off because… well… I have no idea why.  Now that I’ve made it, I can see no justification for waiting this long.  Pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, sriracha, and honey barbecue sauce all flavor the chicken in this super saucy recipe, and you’ll find yourself loving every last bit of it, just like I did.  I mean, YUM.  There is no better word to describe it.

Sorry for doubting you, Ash.

Anyway, when I originally threw this together in the crock pot (or slow cooker, or whatever you like to call it), I thought I was going to scoop it onto some buns and make little sliders (which would be DE-LISH, obviously).  I got everything together, chopped up and mixed up the Pineapple Slaw, and then it hit me.  Tacos.  Gosh, I love tacos.  Once I got the idea, I couldn’t get rid of it, so the tasty pulled chicken and crunchy slaw wound up nestled between flour tortillas with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar.  Are you drooling?  I’m drooling.

Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw.  Doesn't this just scream "summer" to you?  |

But really there is so much you could do with this chicken if you have leftovers after making your Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw.  Put it on salads.  Eat it on sandwiches.  Top a pizza with it (and bacon and some pineapple chunks).  Serve it over pineapple stir-fried rice.  If you have more great ideas, let me know, because I’m looking for excuses to make this again ASAP.

Oh, and since we’re talking about getting creative with this recipe, feel free to use some pork shoulder in place of the chicken for Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork.  In fact, I just might have to do that next…

Give this recipe a go and you’ll see for yourself why I’m dying to make it again.

Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw
Serves: 12
For the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken:
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1½ cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ½ cup honey BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ)
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
For the Pineapple Slaw:
  • ½ small purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • ¼ medium green cabbage, sliced thin
  • ¼ fresh pineapple, cored and diced
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)
  1. Spray a crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce, BBQ sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and sriracha in a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
  3. Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker and cover with the pineapple juice mixture.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  5. Combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. When the chicken is fully cooked, shred with 2 forks in the sauce and toss. Let it absorb the sauce for another 30 minutes and then serve with the slaw on the flour tortillas and with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese!


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  1. 'Stephanie says

    So we made these for dinner, but I had to take a few liberties with the slaw based on what ingredients I had on-hand. Cabbage was replaced with cucumber and beansprouts, red onion replaced with green onion. The result- an AMAZING asian-hawaiian BBQ fusion. Thank so much, this is a keeper recipe that is already in the cookbook.

  2. Julia says

    I just made these, and they are soooo good!! We loved the sweetness of the pineapple in the slaw, the slaw is good enough to eat on its own. I added a cilantro crema, made with sour cream, cilantro, scallions, Serrano chile, and salt and pepper. I think I’ll add cucumber to the slaw next time. Thanks so much for the recipe, it will be added to a regular rotation for us!

  3. says

    I made this recipe for dinner tonight, and it is fantastic! I am 9 months pregnant, and have been wanting easy-to-make dinners, and this is the best one I’ve found so far. Definitely adding this recipe to my monthly menu rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tandra says

    Do you use rice vinegar or apple cider or have you used both? If so, which do you prefer or can you even tell the difference? Thanks so much!

  5. Tandra says

    One more question, do you think you could use the pre-packaged slaw mix to save on time? If so, how much would you use of it (cups?) in comparison to chopping up the two cabbages if you purchased them separately?


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