Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

This incredible slow cooker sweet and sour chicken will please anyone who is a fan of the traditional version of this dish.

slow cooker sweet and sour chicken

As you would expect, rice goes amazingly well with any sweet and sour dish. However, there are alternatives you can try out such as rice noodles. If you’re going to make some rice, I recommend doing it in either a rice cooker or cooking it over the stove (Rice cooker is a lot easier). If you don’t feel like any extras, then this is perfect just on its own.

If there are any leftovers, then you should certainly keep them as they will reheat nicely. Just make sure you keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If you’re keeping sweet n sour chicken with rice, then be careful as rice can become unsafe to eat fast if it is at room temperature for too long.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

You’re able to use either chicken thigh or breast in this dish. Sometimes I find chicken breast will become dry after hours of cooking in the slow cooker, so I usually stick to chicken thigh depending on the type of dish I’m making.

If you love seeing things done visually then be sure to check out the video below. It will take you through all the steps to getting this delicious sweet and sour chicken prepared and cooking.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Prep time
20 Minutes
Cook time
8 Hours
Total time
8 Hours & 20 Minutes


  • 500g (1.1 lb) chicken thigh, cubed
  • 440g (15.5 oz) can pineapple Pieces with unsweetened juice (Don’t drain)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 carrot, peeled & sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ tsp ginger, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar


  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. In a slow cooker, add the chicken, pineapple, onion, carrot, red bell pepper, ginger, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce and lastly the apple cider vinegar. Mix together until combined.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 4 hours on high.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and the water. Once well combined, pour into the slow cooker and mix well. Cook for a further 15 minutes with the lid on or off.
  4. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • You shouldn’t feel the need to add any more salt to this dish as the soy usually provides enough. If you’re unsure, just simply taste and adjust the seasoning before you go to serve.
  • If you don’t like ketchup or don’t have any around, then you can swap this out for tomato paste or something similar. The taste will be slightly different but not enough to detract from the overall dish (It could end up being better tasting).
  • There are quite a few different types of vegetables that you can add to this dish. For example, something like water chestnuts or even some baby corn will go well in it. You can add these vegetables at the start of cooking

Nutritional Information

If you’re watching your waistline or would just like to know the nutritional information of what you’re eating, then you can find all you need to know below.

This information is an estimate and doesn’t consider any extras such as rice. If you alter the recipe, then this information will be slightly wrong depending on how much you alter it.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 359g (12.66 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 86.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.6g 15%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 743mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 35.7g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 24.4g
Protein 38.3g 77%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

If you love sweet and sour as I do, then you might be interested in the delicious sweet & sour meatballs dish. It’s pretty much the same as this recipe but instead has big juicy meatballs that are worth the extra time and effort it takes to make them.

I hope that this slow cooker sweet and sour chicken comes out to be as nice as it did for me. If you have a variation, tips or something else that you would like to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.


  1. J Gardner on

    First try at sweet and sour and this was so easy … and so delicious. Normally I am not a fan if sweet and sour anything, but I will definitely make this again. It was equally delicious the following day greeted through so next time I’ll make enough to freeze for another day.

    I gave this recipe 5 / 5

  2. Tina on

    Love it so easy

    I gave this recipe 4 / 5

  3. Jane Ewing on

    Thank you for these wonderful recipes, can hardly wait to try them.

  4. Karen on

    If i double the ingredients, will it work out the same?

    1. Gus on

      Yes, it should work out the same.

  5. Jane Cox on

    Can you freeze the leftovers?

    I gave this recipe 5 / 5

    1. Gus on

      I can’t see why not, it should reheat nicely.

  6. Maggie Elwell on

    Absolutely loved the Sweet and Sour Chicken, it is so easy and tastes delicious, will certainly be making it at least every fortnight. Thank you 😊 give it 5 out of 5.

    I gave this recipe 5 / 5

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