Slow Cooker Hawiian Chicken from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes
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This easy slow cooker chicken recipe gives you a taste of a tropical luau.  This recipe is traditionally called shoyu chicken.  Serve this meal with steamed rice and macaroni salad for a Hawaiian lunch plate.  The chicken would also be great on a Chinese chicken salad.

Slow Cooker Hawiian Chicken from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes

I first had Hawaiian slow cooker chicken at a friend's party.  Her son was turning 1 and they had a luau for him.  I couldn't get enough of this chicken!  When I found out that this was a slow cooker chicken recipe, I was sure to ask for it.  I'd say next to Amish Baked Chicken, this is my family's favorite chicken dish.  The chicken is just as moist as a beer can chicken without all the fuss.

When I cook chicken in the slow cooker, I prefer to use dark meat on the bone. I like thighs because there is just one bone and it's really easy to remove after the chicken is done cooking.  You can make this with boneless chicken, but I'd cut down the cooking time by about an hour and watch it to make sure it doesn't dry out.  I do remove the skin before I cook the chicken just to cut back on the fat and to allow the flavors to get right in to the meat.

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

Serves 4-6     adjust servings

Preparation 5 min
Cook Time 6 hr
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes


  • 8-12 chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1\" piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thickly


  1. In the crock of a slow cooker combine soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, water, garlic and ginger. Stir to combine.
  2. Add chicken and stir to cover.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, stirring every few hours.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 964kcal Calories from fat 560
% Daily Value
Total Fat 62g 95%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 365mg 122%
Sodium 2940mg 123%
Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 27g
Protein 66g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Slow Cooker Hawiian Chicken from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes
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