Friday, December 11, 2015

Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken and Macaroni Salad

There's always something happy about eating Hawaiian food. Perhaps it's because the food makes you think of warm, tropical beaches, or maybe it's because the food is so good you can't help but smile. Whatever the reason, Hawaiian food has always been a comfort food for me.

But, how do you get good Hawaiian food when you're landlocked? You make it, of course! And it's easier than you might think. This main dish and classic Hawaiian side are easy to prepare and are family friendly.

Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

4 lbs. chicken thighs, wings and drumsticks (bone-in, skin-on )
2/3 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 limes, freshly squeezed
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. ginger
salt and pepper


  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, and ginger. Simmer until thickened (about 10 minutes).
  2. With a cooking spray, coat the inside of your crockpot bowl to prevent sticking. Add 1/2 cup of the sauce to the crockpot, and place the rest of the sauce in a separate container for later use.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken and place in the crockpot. Stir in the chicken with the sauce until the chicken is lightly coated (it may seem like there's not much sauce, but it's plenty).
  4. Add the lid and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until chicken is tender.
  5. Preheat oven to 450F. 
  6. Remove chicken from the crockpot and place (with skin up) on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  7. With the sauce you saved from earlier, use a basting brush to coat chicken. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Every four minutes, add another coat of sauce with your basting brush. Remove when the chicken has developed a nice, dark, rich coating of sauce on the outside.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve with white rice and macaroni salad.

Traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad


1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
2 Tbsp. carrot, grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp paprika
salt & pepper

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until noodles are cool. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add grated carrots, mayonnaise, milk, paprika, and salt and pepper. Stir until the noodles are coated.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for a couple hours.
  4. Prior to serving, stir well to reincorporate the sauce. If it's too dry, add a little more mayo.

This is a great meal for summer barbecues, as well as ideal for cold winter nights when you wish it was still summer. The chicken is super tender and the sauce is heavenly. And the macaroni salad pairs perfectly with the chicken and white rice.

So, if you can't be in Hawaii, do the next best thing and enjoy some great Hawaiian food any time.
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Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds super yum! I am always looking for new meals to make for the kids and I think they will love this.

Heather said...

That chicken looks awesome! And I have never heard of Hawaiian Pasta Salad before, interesting! I am definitely going to be making this soon, I think my kids would love it.

Claire Cly said...

This recipe looks easy to follow, I think I might make this over the Christmas holiday. Yummy!

blythe32 said...

Both of these recipes sound like they are easy to follow and would make for a great every day dinner. I love the flavors of soy and brown sugar together.

Mrs.AOK said...

These recipes sound and look good! We tried the Hawaiian dish loco moco for the first time a few months ago and we were pleasantly surprised! :)

Logan Cantrell said...

This sounds so delicious! I love Hawaiian flavored chicken and rice is always a good idea, in my opinion!

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

you're right - this seriously looks heavenly. It reminds me of my vacation in Maui & the food I got to eat - it was sooooo good!

Jessica {Swanky Recipes} said...

This recipe looks and sounds delish! Love the addition of the pineapple in here as I think it would add so much flavor! The hubs and I would love this recipe during the busy weeknight!

ana de jesus said...

Macaroni cheese salad sounds so good. Sending me some in the post would be even better haha

JennaK said...

Pinned!! I'm dying to make this recipe. I love the crock pot for warm cozy meals.

Donna M said...

Ugh I love Hawaiian food so much! We just got back a couple weeks ago, and I ate so much seafood while we were there :) And I totally agree, I always smile when I have Hawaiian food!

Ourfamilyworld said...

The Hawaiian chicken looks so tasty! I need to try this.

Kids Are A Trip said...

This looks fabulous! I love anything that can be made in a crockpot because it saves a ton of time. Great new recipe to try!