Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches
Sweet and salty, these crockpot pineapple chicken sandwiches are a fantastic simple dinner! With pulled chicken cooked in homemade teriyaki sauce, topped with grilled pineapple and creamy guacamole. Dairy free with gluten free option.
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. But it made me so happy!
But seriously. Do you know what else makes me happy 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.
Additional Crockpot Recipes You May Enjoy:
- Crockpot Honey Bourbon Chicken
- Crockpot Chocolate Stout Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Green Chicken Chili
- Crockpot Asian Short Ribs
- Crockpot Pulled BBQ Chicken
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For the chicken:
- ¾ cup pineapple puree*
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 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
- 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**
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!).
**To keep these dairy free / gluten free - be sure to use appropriate buns or rolls for serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 732mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 7gSugar: 23gProtein: 39g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice. Nutrition info does NOT include the buns for serving, as it will vary widely depending on what you use.