Sweet & Sour Whole Chicken


August 12, 2016

Sweet & Sour Whole Chicken 5 0 5 3

A slow cooked classic sweet and sour taste using a whole chicken - packed with flavour!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • 10 mins

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: 6


1 large chicken (2kg)

1 x 440g can pineapple pieces in juice (juice reserved)

1 red capsicum (pepper) diced

1/2 cup pineapple juice as reserved from can

1/4 cup tomato sauce/ketchup

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce


1Place whole chicken in base of slow cooker

2Arrange pineapple pieces and diced capsicum around chicken

3Cook on HIGH for 2hrs

4After 2hrs I drained and discarded all the liquid from the slow cooker (a whole chicken releases heaps!) leaving just the chicken, pineapple and capsicum behind in the slow cooker.

5Combine reserved pineapple juice (from can), tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce and pour over chicken in the slow cooker.

6Continue to cook but now on LOW for another 4hrs

7Carefully lift chicken out at the end of cooking time (be careful to support as you lift as it will be fall apart tender - I use two egg flips, one under the chicken from each end to support it, as I lift quickly onto a serving plate)

8Strain liquid from slow cooker and discard solids

9Transfer strained liquids to a saucepan. Bring to boil then simmer (while stirring) to reduce sauce down by half to a glossy sauce.

10We served ours with rice and steamed broccolini

Submitted by Paulene Christie


6 Reviews

Alison Armstrong

April 3, 2022

10/10 in my house! I followed the recipe exactly but also added 4 thigh fillets to the slow cooker with the whole chicken so it would go further. I also added some chilli flakes at the end to spice it up a bit. Then I crisped up the chicken in the oven a bit while I thickened up the sauce in the slow cooker with corn flour slurry . Served with fried rice (uncle Ben’s I cheated) and steamed Asian greens. Very delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


April 7, 2021

Great recipe. At the end, I removed the chicken and took out all the bones. I then used the saute option on the multi cooker and added cornflour to the remaining liquid to thicken the sauce. Served with rice and the 2yo loved it!

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 18, 2019

Sure you could Ann 🙂

Ann gavan

November 14, 2019

Could you use chicken thighs instead of a whole chicken

Jaylee Williams

January 15, 2018

Made this a couple times. It’s really yummy. And the whole family loves it. Even made it for some friends they loved it too!
Definatly recommend ^_^


August 7, 2017

I have cooked this more than once as everyone just loves it! I cooked the chicken with the strained pineapple and capsicum for 8 hours on LOW as I wasn’t home during the day, Just before serving, I drained all the juices and added the 5 remaining ingredients for the sauce. I then thickened it on the stovetop with a cornflour/water mix and added the pineapple and capsicum back in. Once thickened, poured it over the chicken and …..yummo !

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