Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches |

So guess what? I picked my first tomato from our garden this weekend! I may have done a little happy dance around the yard, giving my neighbors yet another reason to think I’m completely nuts. You can see straight into our backyard from the street so my husband likes to constantly remind me to keep it under control. Act normal. I usually pish posh this because I mean c’mon! It’s a tomato! And I didn’t kill the plant yet! Yay!

I’ve been flying on a high from my so far gardening success. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that I am maybe getting a little too full of myself. Our tomato plant is packed with growing tomatoes …. so I am absolutely convinced that because that first one was glorious they are all going to be awesome. Which I realize may not in fact be the case, especially considering that I have already killed the cilantro. But I am ignoring that for now. Because success!

So this lovely tomato story has nothing to do with these sandwiches other than the fact that they have both happened this summer. Do I get bonus points for sharing the most useless story ever?

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches |

But seriously. Do you know what else I love besides my super awesome totally going to continue to grow really big tomato plant?

My crockpot, that’s what. It’s been getting a whole lotta use lately at our house. There is just something about knowing that dinner is already practically done at 10 o’clock in the morning that makes me giddy.

Even more giddy when it’s going to result in sweet little pineapple chicken sandwiches.  We’re talking pulled chicken cooked in a sorta kinda homemade teriyaki sauce, slapped on top of a bun and then covered with charred, grilled pineapple and classic, simple guacamole.

Party on a bun right there. I can’t resist. I also can’t resist eating half the guacamole before it even makes it to the sandwiches because chips and guacamole is well, utterly amazing.

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches |

Come to mama.

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches
Yield: 6 sandwiches
For the chicken:
  • ¾ cup pineapple puree*
  • ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small red onion, chopped and divided
For serving:
  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 6 pineapple rings, about ½ inch thick
  • 6 buns or rolls, toasted if desired
  1. To make the chicken - add the pineapple puree, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, lime juice and red pepper to a small bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Add the chicken breasts to a crockpot. Add in almost all of the red onion, reserving about 1 to 2 tablespoons for later. Pour in the pineapple sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, until the chicken shreds easily. Shred the chicken and then let stand in the crockpot for about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for serving - mince the reserved 1 to 2 tablespoons of red onion. Cut the avocados in half, remove the seed and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the avocado until it is pretty much smooth. Add in the minced red onion (to taste), cilantro, lime juice and salt. Mix until combined and set aside.
  4. Set a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the olive oil. When nice and hot, add in the pineapple rings. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until slightly browned / charred (if your skillet isn’t big enough, you can do this in batches).
  5. To serve, place a grilled pineapple ring on the bottom of a bun. Spoon some of the shredded chicken on top. Smear a generous amount of the guacamole on the top of the bun and assemble. Serve immediately.
*To make the pineapple puree - add about 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups of cubed pineapple to the bowl of a food processor and process until completely smooth.

I used 1 medium fresh pineapple for this recipe (for both the pineapple rings and the remainder for the puree, with a tiny bit leftover for snacking!).

You can also absolutely grill the pineapple rings on an actual grill. But when my husband isn’t home I don’t touch the grill (as we’ve discussed previously).

In the pictures - I used slider rolls instead of regular burger buns - so I had to cut the pineapple to fit - do whatever works for you!

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  1. says

    Yay for your first home-grown tomato!! I am majorly jealous. 😉 And I am majorly jealous of this slow cooker pineapple chicken!! It’s been so flipping hot up here in NJ; I’ll definitely bookmark this for a particularly humid day when I don’t feel like cooking!

  2. says

    Yeaaaa! Congrats on your first tomato! It’s gonna be a few weeks before my garden tomatoes are ready to pick, but you can bet I’m gonna do a happy dance just like you did when they are! And how amazing do these sammies look?? I LOVE piling tropical pineapple on my summer sandwiches so these are definitely calling out to me! Pinned!

  3. says

    Well, I’m pretty impressed with your tomato-growing success. The one time I tried to grow some (in a pot on my balcony in Greece), the skins were SO tough. And then there were the eggplant I tried to grow but they got some kind of weird insect all over them … yuck.
    Anyway, enough about my veggie growing failures. This is one successful meal from a crockpot! It’s the first time I’ve seen pureed pineapple used in a recipe but I bet it tastes fabulous.

  4. says

    I just picked my first tomato too!! It really is so exciting! I really need to get a crockpot because I love this shredded chicken! And I love the fact that I could cook an entire meal while I am at work. These flavors all sound so amazing together and I want to eat this sandwich right now!

    • Ashley says

      I love my crockpot! It was a wedding gift and I never figured at the time I’d get so much use out of it!

  5. says

    Yay, so happy for your first tomato! I still haven’t attempted to grow tomatoes yet – only some herbs and kale so I would totally be doing a happy dance for a home-grown tomato:)
    These sandwiches look amazing! Love all that guac with the pineapple flavors in here – so so good!

  6. says

    First tomato?! Im jealous!! I hope to get one this year… I currently have one green on and that’s it!
    These sandwiches look aaaaaamazing!! I wonder if there’s anyway it could be made vegetarian. Maybe with chickpeas or something!

  7. says

    Girl, I’m the same way with gardening! As soon as one thing grows I’m doing dances in the yard and shrieking with excitement! Congrats on your first tomato-hope you have many many more! This recipe sounds super yummy. I recently started adding pineapple to chicken and feel like I uncovered a big secret, this recipe, definitely going to need to try it asap!

  8. says

    Congrats on your tomato! Totally an occasion to dance in front of the neighbors. :) This sandwich looks ah-mazing with all that fresh pineapple, and guacamole makes everything better. Sweet sandwich, sister!

  9. says

    I’m sssooo jealous! I didn’t have time to plant a garden this year – so would you mind if I come pick one of your tomatoes??? Because that is the best.thing.EVER. I love, love, love my tomato plants. Come to think of it – I love the sound of this sandwich too! :-)

  10. says

    I’d be doing a happy dance if I had a tomato grown from my plant. I check my little plant everyday and zilch, nada, nothing at all! Not sure what happened, but my basil plant is totally dead and that happened after my cilantro plant bit the dust. So far this year, I’ve only managed to keep my mint, rosemary, tomato plant, and some lettuce alive. Ha
    Love this crockpot chicken. This is the kind of meal I need for these crazy summer days. Easy and delicious!

  11. says

    Those burgers look awesome!! Especially with that thick spread of guac on top. That’s so exciting that you got your first tomato, ours haven’t even peeked out yet but I’m crossing my fingers for a month or two.

  12. says

    I am so envious of your gardening skills. Congrats on your tomato success! I would be so proud of that baby. Mmm and I like the sounds of a party on a bun! Sounds like a goooood time :)

  13. says

    I am getting sooo hungry, girl! Braised chicken with pineapple puree sounds so good. I think I will just be happy to eat the chicken on its own. But the grilled pineapple would be a perfect addition! Btw, congrats on your first tomato! It is always nice to have home grown food. I would love to have my very own plant one day. :)

  14. says

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on your tomato!
    This looks like one amazing crockpot recipe! Love that you made a pineapple puree. I’ve never thought of doing that. I cooked a boston butt in my crockpot yesterday. I didn’t get it started until the afternoon so I was going to put it in the refrigerator before I went to bed. I turned it off and was going to let it cool down some and I forgot to put the darn thing in the refrigerator before I went to bed. It was stone cold this morning and I cried.
    I might need to make this recipe and redeem myself. It will be awhile before I want to look at another boston butt. :(

  15. says

    Hehe well done on the tomato! I would have totally killed the plant before there was any fruit! These look super and I especially love the pineapple combo.

  16. says

    Oh gosh, I love these! Totally craving one for lunch now. And congrats on your first tomato! I enjoyed reading that story, so no, I don’t think it’s useless. :) I would love to have a little garden, but I’m pretty sure I would kill everything, haha. So yes, that is exciting!

  17. says

    Oh my, does this look delicious! Chicken in the crock pot always comes out so juicy and tender. It’s definitely my favorite way to cook it. And I really like the addition of pineapple puree. Sweet and savory is always a good combo!

  18. says

    I would definitely be doing a happy dance too if I picked a home-grown tomato, those are the BEST! I’m in love with this sandwich, Ashley! Especially since it’s using the crock pot, my favorite appliance! I never thought of pureeing pineapple, such a great idea. Pinned!

  19. says

    Hi Ashley!

    Congrats on your 1st tomato. I don’t think that’s a useless story, a little jealous though =)

    Great sandwich, just had pulled chicken at a party the other day, it was very good but I think a little grilled pineapple slice and simple guar would have made it ever better , yum.

    • Ashley says

      haha that’s okay, I’m always jealous of everyone with all their homegrown zucchini! We can never get it to work in our garden!

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