Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is an easy recipe you can do at home even when you are busy. This delicious dish is one of those healthy recipes you are going to love eating over and over.
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IS IT OKAY TO PUT RAW CHICKEN IN A SLOW COOKER?
Yes, as long as specific measures are taken to guarantee that the chicken comes to an ideal internal temperature that eliminates any harmful bacteria. Here are some guidelines to help you out:
For a more proper cooking, it's an excellent idea to layer the chicken in the slow cooker if you're using a big piece or multiple pieces of chicken.
Be sure that you cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches a safe level. For maximum bacterial eradication, the USDA advises cooking poultry to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Before adding frozen chicken in the slow cooker, it is advised to thaw it in the fridge. This guarantees more evenly cooked food and lowers the chance of bacterial growth.
DOES PINEAPPLE JUICE TENDERIZE CHICKEN?
Bromelain in particular, an enzyme found in pineapple juice, may be used to tenderize meat, which include chicken. In order to soften the muscle fibers in chicken and make it more tender, bromelain breaks them down. There are some considerations to make, though:
Although pineapple juice can make chicken more tender, letting it sit in the juice for too long can make the chicken too mushy or soft. Typically, 30 minutes to a few hours of soaking is enough.
Citric acid and bromelain, which are both present in pineapple juice, cause it to be acidic. Although this acidity can aid in the tenderization of meat, prolonged contact with the acid can start to “cook” the chicken, resulting in a mealy texture. It's crucial to avoid marinating the chicken for an excessive amount of time.
When using pineapple juice as a marinade, it's beneficial to add various spices to compensate for the sweet and sour flavors and produce a well-balanced flavor profile.
COMBINING OTHER INGREDIENTS
Pineapple juice can be combined with hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic powder, brown sugar, and other herbs and spices to make a tasty marinade that enhances the flavor of the chicken.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH WW CROCK POT PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
This amazing recipe can be paired with mostly anything. Check out these sides to try with your pineapple chicken:
You are going to need a couple of things to make this delicious slow cooker recipe. Here is a list of ingredients needed:
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- Pineapple Chunks
- Soy Sauce
- Smoked Paprika
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- Red Bell Peppers
HOW TO MAKE WEIGHT WATCHERS SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
Now that you have gathered all of your ingredients, it is time to make this yummy recipe. Follow the instructions below for the best results!
STEP ONE: PREPARE SLOW COOKER
Spray the bottom of the slow cooker with some nonstick cooking spray. Grab your skinless chicken breasts and can of pineapple, place chicken in the slow cooker. Then, pour over the pineapple.
STEP TWO: COMBINE SEASONING MIXTURE
Gather your seasoning and a medium bowl. In the bowl, combine the honey, little soy sauce, smoked paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix until fully combined then pour into the slow cooker and over the chicken.
STEP THREE: COOK
Once you've placed the seasoning in, cover the slow cooker and set it to low. The cooking time will be about 4-6 hours. Before it gets completely cooked add the red peppers in then continue cooking for 30 minutes or until desired tenderness.
STEP FOUR: SERVE
Grab a serving platter, transfer chicken, and serve with the pineapple tidbits and bell pepper on top. Sprinkle with cilantro to finish. Enjoy!
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS
For this dish, a serving size of 1/2 pound of chicken has 3 WW points.
WEIGHT WATCHERS SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
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Prepare slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place the chicken breast into the bottom of the slow cooker.
Pour the pineapple chunks over at the top of the chicken.
In a medium bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce, smoked paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pour the sauce over the top of the pineapple and chicken.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
Remove the lid and add the red bell pepper. Cover and continue cooking for approximately 30 minutes or until the red bell pepper is at desired tenderness.
Serve the chicken with the pineapple chunks and red bell pepper, sprinkled with fresh cilantro
There are 3 WW points for 1/2 pound of chicken.
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