Chicken thighs, simply seasoned and slow cooked in the crockpot with a mixture of pineapple juice, brown sugar and soy sauce, that is thickened and brushed on as a finishing glaze.It’s become pretty clear that folks love the combination of savory meats with sweet brown sugar. I’ve used it to candy bacon, love it for ham, for rubs on ribs and steaks, it’s amazing with chicken and I’ve even used it for fish. Here lately, I’ve been seeing brown sugar everywhere in these 2, 3 and 4 ingredient dishes you see pass via Facebook and Pinterest.
This dish works well with a whole cut up chicken and you could also use bone-in chicken breasts, with a shorter cook time. I don’t recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders in a slow cooker, as they will cook far too fast and likely overcook, resulting in a shredded mess, though using this recipe stovetop on a low braise, or even in the oven would work for those, with a close watch.
3 pounds of chicken thighs, skin removed
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning(like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, or to taste
1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed
1 (6 ounce) can of pineapple juice
1/3 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
Remove skin from chicken & season lightly with the salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Pat seasoning into chicken and place into the slow cooker. Whisk together the brown sugar, pineapple juice & soy sauce; pour around chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours, depending on the size of the chicken. Use a wide spatula to remove the chicken from the slow cooker to a platter & loosely tent with aluminum foil; set aside to prepare the glaze.
Turn cooker to high until mixture comes to a boil, or transfer to a saucepan for the stovetop. Whisk together the water & cornstarch until there are no lumps. Slowly stir into the boiling sauce until fully incorporated & continue boiling for about 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let rest a moment. Brush the sauce over each chicken thigh & serve the remaining sauce at the table.
I also added a few grinds of Rachel Ray’s Perfect Poultry seasoning to the chicken, which contains sea salt, back pepper, onion, sage, rosemary & thyme. I also used low sodium soy sauce.