This Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is packed with veggies and tossed in a sticky, sweet and subtly spicy sauce. Quick and easy to make thanks to the trusty slow cooker, this chicken is addicting and better than takeout!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian, Fusion
Keyword: bell peppers, chicken, crockpot, Easy, onions, pineapple, Slow Cooker, Sweet Chili
2PoundsBoneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – trimmed of excess fat
Kosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper
1small Sweet Onion– thinly sliced
1large Red Bell Peppers – thinly sliced
1PoundDried Lo Mein Noodles
1CupSweet Chili Sauce
3TBSLow-Sodium Soy Sauce
3clovesGarlic – minced
2tspFresh Ginger - grated
Optional for Garnish: Sliced Green Onions & Sesame Seeds
Season chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce (sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic and ginger). Pour the sauce over the chicken.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours, or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
Shred chicken: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker to a clean work surface. Shred or slice the chicken and return it back to the slow cooker, along with any juices or sauce that has accumulated on the work surface.
Add vegetables: Add in the onion, bell pepper, pineapple and carrots. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Meanwhile, cook lo mein: Boil and drain lo mein noodles according to package directions. Either add the noodles to the slow cooker and stir well to coat, or transfer noodles to serving bowls and top with sweet chili chicken.
Serve immediately garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.
While the recipe below calls for chicken thighs, you can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts if desired. Chicken thighs have more flavor and moisture, however chicken breasts are leaner. You can use either all chicken thighs, chicken breasts or a combination of both!
The cooking time in the recipe below is approximate. Make sure you know your slow cooker and don't overcook the chicken. If you are using a small slow cooker or crockpot and it's packed full, it will take longer to heat up and cook through.
While I served my slow cooker chicken with lo mein noodles, you can serve this Asian chicken over rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or any Asian noodles you desire!
Cooked Sweet Chili Chicken will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or it can be frozen in a freezer-safe, zip-closure bag for up to 3 months.