Sweet-and-Sour sauce is a wonderful way to give your weeknight chicken meal a unique flavor that (most) kids will love! And when it’s a homemade sauce with a meal done in the slow cooker, everyone wins.
I love using the slow cooker to throw a bunch of food together in the morning and let it cook all day. It usually doesn’t take much effort or time, and dinner is ready when you want to eat. Not to mention how tender the chicken is when it’s cooked this way.
When I first saw the recipe that I used as inspiration, I wasn’t so sure. Justin insisted that he wanted to try it, so we did. Much to my surprise, it was delicious! I don’t usually like coleslaw which is part of this recipe, but the coleslaw I made a few days before was one I would eat, so we put it in this recipe.
Of course, you can buy premade coleslaw, but when we went to the store they were completely out, so we didn’t have that option. That’s when we decided to try making our own for this recipe, and it went well with our burgers that weekend.
We made this recipe with boneless skinless chicken breasts, but the original recipe called for chicken thighs. You could use either, but the boys and I prefer white meat. If you use the thighs, you’ll need to pull the meat off the bones before serving.
Decide which chicken you are using, and place the thawed chicken in your slow cooker. Thinly slice the green part of a few green onions and put those on top of the chicken (kitchen shears make this easy!).
In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, salt, and 1/2 cup of vinegar. This is your base sweet and sour sauce and could be used for other recipes as well.
Pour the sweet and sour sauce over the chicken and green onions. Move the chicken around a bit to make sure some of the sauce gets underneath as well to keep it from sticking.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and let it cool while you cook the rice according to directions. I use my rice steamer any time I need to make rice, so I started it a few minutes before the chicken would be done since it takes about 20 minutes.
Prepare your bowls by placing the rice in the bottom and top it with your coleslaw and sliced chicken. Then drizzle a bit of the sauce from the slow cooker over everything and garnish with sliced green onions.
Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowl
- 2 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
- 2 green onions
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 2 cups brown rice (cooked)
- 1 cup coleslaw
- Place chicken in a slow cooker
- Slice green onions and add to the slow cooker
- In a small bowl, whisk ketchup, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, salt, and vinegar
- Pour the sauce over the chicken
- Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7 hours, making sure chicken is cooked through
- Meanwhile, cook rice according to package
- Remove chicken and slice into strips
- Prepare bowls by adding the cooked rice, then top with chicken slices, coleslaw, and drizzle with the sauce
- Garnish with sliced green onions