Sweet and Sour Chicken for the Slow Cooker

This is another recipe from my grandmother. Her recipe was actually something always served at potlucks as a sausage appetizer.  Her peachy sausages were pretty much always available at group functions. I’ve adapted her recipe for chicken and the slow cooker. I’ve made this quite a few times, and I think I’ve come up with a pretty good main dish version of her dish.

When I use the slow cooker I have started using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. The boneless, skinless thighs are a little less time consuming, but they’re not nearly as moist. If you cook the chicken long enough, the skin and bone comes right off. This recipe also calls for Chili Sauce, which, in my opinion, is a magical ingredient. It pretty much always makes meat taste better! Don’t forget to spray your slow cooker with some kind of non-stick oil, it makes a huge difference with the clean up!

Sweet and Sour Chicken for the Slow Cooker


  • 6-8 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can sliced peaches in syrup
  • 1 can chopped pineapple, drained
  • 1 bottle chili sauce
  • 1 small tin tomato paste


  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Right before serving, remove skin and bones and separate with a fork.
  3. Serve over rice.

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  1. Yum…what could you substitute for peaches, if you were not a peach fan?

  2. This looks like a good recipe. And, I love peaches!

  3. This looks so good, and sounds so good too, that I can almost smell it! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. @ingrid: i have made sweet chicken with peaches and with apricots and b/c of the other ingredients in these recipes, you couldn’t even tell what fruit was making it taste sweet. i think this might be true with this recipe as well.

  5. Ingrid: I would just omit the peaches and add extra pineapple. Honestly though, by the time it’s done cooking, the fruit is hardly recognizeable!!

  6. I love sweet and sour and this looks like a great recipe!