Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken

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You can make Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken with just FOUR ingredients that tastes just as good as takeout. This simple slow cooker recipe is easy, healthy, and perfect for a weeknight dinner.

bowl of sweet and sour chicken

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Chicken

Getting carryout Chinese food is one of our favorites but making this shortcut Sweet and Sour Chicken in the slow cooker at home is a great alternative.

The best part is there is only four ingredients with almost no prep at all involved. Easy and delicious is an immediate win in my book.

Serve it on a bed of white rice or try some of our favorites such as fried rice, oven roasted green beans, and some delicious yum yum sauce.

If you’re in the mood for beef, try slow cooker beef and broccoli.

bite of crockpot sweet and sour chicken using chopsticks

Equipment you’ll need

  • Slow Cooker – this is my favorite slow cooker and I cannot recommend it enough. It even switches to warm automatically when cooking is done!
  • Tongs – chicken is so much easier to handle with a good pair of tongs. The silicone make them ideal for dealing with hot temperatures.
  • Knife – a good ergonomic knife is a must when working in the kitchen, especially when that means lots of chopping like in this recipe.
  • Whisk – a good strong whisk is a must when working in the kitchen. This one stands up great even with thick mixtures.


Below is a list of ingredients you’ll need. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Chicken breast – boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced into 1-inch chunks.
  • Apricot preserves – used for the base of your sauce. Pineapple preserves would work as well.
  • Soy sauce – balanced the sweetness from the fruit preserves. You can use low-sodium if you prefer.
  • Rice vinegar – rice vinegar has a mild, less acidic taste than white distilled vinegar, and is sweeter.
ingredients needed for slow cooker sweet and sour chicken

How to make sweet & sour chicken in the slow cooker

  1. STEP ONE: Place the 1-inch chunks of chicken into the slow cooker.
  2. STEP TWO: Whisk together the apricot preserves, soy sauce, and rice vinegar, and pour over the top of the chicken.
  3. STEP THREE: Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 hours. Allow the sauce to cool slightly so it thickens.
  4. STEP FOUR: Serve with cooked rice and top with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Every slow cooker runs differently. Times given are a general recommendation and should be tested in your own slow cooker and adjusted as needed.

step by step directions for sweet and sour chicken

How do I thicken the sauce?

To make a thicker sauce, you can make a slurry. In a small bowl, mix 3 Tablespoons cornstarch and ¼ cup of the sauce from the slow cooker. Once the mixture is smooth, add to slow cooker.

Do I have to use apricot preserves?

No, pineapple preserves will work as well if you don’t have apricot preserves.

Can I add other vegetables?

Yes! I have made this with bell peppers, onions and pineapple chunks. So good! Just add them in with the chicken and stir.

How to store leftover sweet & sour chicken

To store leftovers, move the chicken to an airtight container once cooled. As long as properly stored, it will last about 3-4 days before spoiling.

To reheat, you can pop it in the microwave and heat in 30-second increments, stirring each time. Alternatively, you can heat over the stove for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until warm.

bowl of sweet and sour chicken

Need more slow cooker chicken recipes? Try these:

Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken
Crockpot Chicken & Rice
Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken
Click here to view my entire collection of slow cooker recipes.

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Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken made with FOUR ingredients that tastes just like takeout. This slow cooker recipe is the perfect easy weeknight dinner.
4.47 from 67 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 servings
Calories 305 kcal



  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in to 1-inch pieces
  • 18 oz apricot preserves
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar


  • sliced green onions
  • sesame seeds


  • Add chicken pieces to the slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the apricot preserves, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.
  • Carefully pour the mixture over chicken in the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  • Serve with rice and top with green onions and sesame seeds. Sauce will thicken as it cools.


Try pineapple preserves as an alternative.
To thicken sauce, make a slurry by mixing 3 Tablespoons cornstarch and ¼ cup of the sauce from the slow cooker in a small bowl. Once the mixture is smooth, add back to the slow cooker.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 19gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1202mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 197IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Judye says

    4 stars

    • Melissa Williams says

      I suppose it will vary based on which preserves you use…

  2. Wendy says

    5 stars
    Made this crockpot sweet and sour yesterday. Was so quick and easy and tasty. A hit all round.

  3. JJ says

    3 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as written but the chicken turned out very very rough and dry. The seasoning tasted good and the recipe was easy, but the baking times need adjusted. Thanks for posting it!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m glad you liked the flavor. Unfortunately, each slow cooker runs differently (many run hot), which I can’t account for. Once the internal temp hits 165° it is done.

  4. Greg says

    1 star
    Another internet recipie of wasted food. Chicken turned out dry and did not absorb any flavor from other ingredience

    • Melissa Williams says

      It sounds like your slow cooker is running too hot or you let it cook too long

  5. Pam says

    5 stars
    This sweet n sour chicken was delicious! I like that it is super easy and is made with chicken breasts and isn’t breaded. I served mine over stir fried rice. Yum!!

  6. Jennifer says

    When can you add the peppers and pineapple?

  7. Laura Mercado says

    If I want the thicker sauce with the cornstarch slurry, when do I add that?

    • Melissa Williams says

      At the end. Take the cooked chicken out, thicken the sauce with the slurry, then put the chicken back in.

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