Simple Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken

I don’t know one person who can do all things well, all the time. Do you? Here’s what I experience and have come to recognize as my normal:

Some days I can work on my website for many hours, edit several photos of food, write three blog posts, and answer 40 waiting emails. I end the day feeling incredibly productive after all I’ve accomplished. But you should (not) see my house at the end of the day. Nothing got cleaned. Our meals were what we would probably lovingly label as “miscellaneous.” And it’s very likely I never got out of my pajamas from the night before.

Then there are the days I get dressed right away, fix a big breakfast for my family, clean up right away afterward, and spend an hour making freezer foods. I’ll spend extra time on history lessons with my youngest, sweep the nasty floor in my kitchen, and help my 16-year old edit an English paper. Dinner will be a favorite. The dishes will be done right after. I’ll figure out what’s for breakfast tomorrow. Great right? Yes. These are great days. They are also the days I completely neglect my website work, answer zero emails, and fall quickly behind on all online duties that need to be done. In addition, those are the days I probably never made it back upstairs to even see the washing machine or remember that laundry needs to be done.

Actually, can we please not talk about laundry on any day ever? Okay.

My point? I can do a lot of things well, but I cannot do them all on the same day. I’ve realized that “getting everything done” is not a thing that ever happens. And I’ve almost come to terms with the fact that “getting everything done” doesn’t actually matter. Almost. (It’s just that the laundry piles and gross floors do get to me, you know?)

I’m assuming you can relate. If not, you can pray for pitiful people like me who find themselves coming, going, and forgetting to come back. The struggle is real.


It’s recipes like the one I’m sharing today that can make all of us feel accomplished on any day no matter what got done and what didn’t. Meals like this Simple Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken take no effort, but you’ll still sit down at the end of the day and be like, “Wow. I made an awesome dinner. Yay me.”

This chicken recipe has your back. It’s ridiculously easy, but tastes like you worked some sort of kitchen magic.

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Simple Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken
Serves: 4-6
  • 2-3 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 8 ounces crushed or chunk pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce*
  1. Place chicken (frozen or thawed) in the bottom of a crock pot.
  2. Top with pineapple and barbecue sauce.
  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Shred chicken before serving.
  5. Serve over rice if you like.

*Here’s my  easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce recipe if you’d like to try it!


Did you see in the recipe how it doesn’t matter if you start with frozen chicken or thawed chicken? I almost always start with frozen chicken, because thinking ahead to thaw chicken is just about more than I can handle. After all, I’m way too busy not getting everything done.

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  1. Jessica says

    This sounds so yummy! But my husband is not a fan of pineapple….oh well :) Guess I’ll just have to go with the BBQ sauce, lol :) Just like not everything gets done all the time, also can’t please everyone all of time! We mortals just have to keep trucking along doing the best we can…as long as everyone is fed (with something!) and dressed (in something!) then I call that a good day!!


    Jessica Reply:

    P.S. Just don’t ask to see my laundry room or look at my kitchen floor! :)


  2. kathy says

    Would you drain the pineapple or use the juice, too? Making this for supper tonight!


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, do drain off the juice. I’ll edit the post to say that!


  3. Robin Hinton says

    When you have frozen chicken, fresh pineapple you cut and threw in the freezer months ago….and BAM BBQ in the fridge DONE! (I maybe didn’t look at the meal plan or think about dinner until *looks at imaginary watch* um now….so i was pretty excited because going to the grocery store any time after 11am here is crazy!!!

    So ….needed to hear this today!I feel like such a failure because Bryce works all day…I’m like here at home ….no kids…and he can still get home and it looks like I’ve done NOTHING!!!! And the days it LOOKS like I’ve been productive….I’m thinking well you’ve got clean underwear so that’s good….but somehow nothing else got done. HA sigh. Anyway. Love and Miss you!


    Laura Reply:

    IT MAKES MY DAY TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!! So glad that this recipe saved your neck today. I love that you’re doing so well in TX, but wow do we miss you here! Love you!!


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