Sweet & Sour Whole Chicken

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

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Sweet & Sour Whole Chicken

A slow cooked classic sweet and sour taste using a whole chicken - packed with flavour!
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Serving: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 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


  • Place whole chicken in base of slow cooker
  • Arrange pineapple pieces and diced capsicum around chicken
  • Cook on HIGH for 2hrs
  • After 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.
  • Combine reserved pineapple juice (from can), tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce and pour over chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Continue to cook but now on LOW for another 4hrs
  • Carefully 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)
  • Strain liquid from slow cooker and discard solids
  • Transfer strained liquids to a saucepan. Bring to boil then simmer (while stirring) to reduce sauce down by half to a glossy sauce.
  • We served ours with rice and steamed broccolini

6 thoughts on “Sweet & Sour Whole Chicken”

  1. 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 !

  2. 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 ^_^

  3. 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!

  4. Alison Armstrong

    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!

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