While this dish may not knock your socks off with its beauty, the flavor will. Cooking the chicken slowly with dried mango and pineapple infuses the meat with a taste that will have you dreaming that you are on a tropical beach somewhere, soaking up the sun with an umbrella drink. But the best thing about this chicken is that you combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker, set the timer and walk away.
If you do not own a slow cooker, I highly recommend them. I myself am fairly new to the slow cooker team, but I am so glad I have one now. In summer months I use it instead of turning on the oven, in winter I make stews and braises and chili and soup. And being that I am always in need of a few more hours in each day, saving time in the kitchen by not having to stand over a pot cooking really helps a lot.
Serve your tropical chicken over some kind of grain, such as rice or quinoa to soak up all the sweet and tangy juices.
- 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
- 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
- 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced
- 2 ounces dried unsweetened mango, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 6 hour Total time: 6 hour 10 mins Yield: 6 servings
This looks like a phenomenal way to warm up on this, the coldest day the mid-Atlantic U.S. has seen yet this season. It may be 19 degrees outside, but we’ll be in the tropics inside! Can’t wait to come home from work and find this waiting for me!
Angela Haraldsen says
Is this calling for bone-in chicken? I think that meat on the bones is always easier to cook slow and has a richer flavor as the broth is healthier. My question is would there be a substitute for mango? I am allergic (from eating too much as a child) Apricots??? Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe! I would have never been brave enough to try this coconut fruit mix on an ENTIRE chicken cooking ALL day! I will this Friday tho!
Sanura @ MyLifeRunsOnFood.com says
I love the infusion of dried fruits in your slow cooker recipe. It’s very creative. I’ve recently discovered dried mango, and it’s quite addictive.
Edafe Onerhime says
I love this idea but I’ve not had great success with slow cooked chicken. It comes out rather soggy and tastes stewed, perhaps I’ve left it in too long? Will be trying this next week and will stick to the instructions like glue!