My youngest son & me

My youngest son & me

About me

My name is Tanja (Sater) Miller and I'm excited about sharing my journey of converting my favorite recipes to gluten free! I am not a fancy cook - I prefer just a casual, fun meal. I am married with grown children (and have small grandchildren) & 3 dogs. I work full time as a registered nurse & I am a geek. Yes, I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Fringe, Firefly, Farscape and most of the other Scify shows. You will probably see a little of my geek side come out once in a while! Please join me on my journey of cooking, baking & converting every day recipes into yummy gluten free meals that everyone can enjoy (not just those with a gluten allergy!) Don't be shy about checking out my recipes....I have the gluten free version along with the regular recipe that I adapted from!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hawaiian Shredded Chicken

Hawaiian Shredded Chicken. This is a super easy meal that you can do in your crock-pot or if you are in a can use rotisserie chicken or substitute pork. The unusual flavors blend well giving you a little sweet with a little tangy flavor. It is a nice change from traditional shredded chicken and pork dishes. I love the tangy sauce and the occasional little tiny bit of pineapple that you get in each bite.

Don't let the simplicity of this dish fool you. It packs a lot of flavor from inexpensive items from your grocery store. You don't need to buy a bunch of expensive spices or ingredients for this meal so I like to have the items on hand for emergency meals. I like coming home from a busy day at work and having the dinner pretty much done by my crock-pot. You can serve it over a bed of rice with vegetables or my favorite is to serve it on buns (gluten free at my house!) along with a side of raw veggies and Maui Onion flavored potato chips. Simple yet delicious. You can easily double the recipe for a large crowd or freeze any leftovers for quick lunches or dinners down the road. I also really like it on my gluten free pizza for a Hawaiian style.

Hawaiian Shredded Chicken Recipe:
  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle of Heinz chili sauce
  • 1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2.5-3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken pieces (or substitute pork)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (you can add a little more if you like it sweeter or a little less if you like it more tangy)

For the crock-pot, turn on low temperature (6-10 hr cooking time). Mine has an automatic shut off then will just keep it warm and it doesn't get too hot so I don't have to worry about not having enough liquids and it drying or burning the meat. If you aren't sure then I wouldn't leave it unattended. Place the chicken on the bottom of the crock-pot then pour the chili sauce, crushed pineapple with juice, and brown sugar on top of the chicken or pork. Walk away and let the crock-pot work the magic! After about 8-10 hours (mine cooks at a really low temperature and doesn't burn the meat), I remove the chicken (or pork) and give it a light cut with a knife so it shreds. I like my sauce on the thicker side so I remove most of the juice/sauce that is left in the crock-pot and put it on the stove top along with 2-3 tbs. of corn starch or tapioca starch and cook until it thickens a little bit. I pour the slightly thickened sauce over top of the chicken and stir. I let it sit in the crock-pot at least 10 minutes to soak up the sauce. (You can just put your crock-pot on warm and keep it that way until everyone is done eating).

If you don't have a crock-pot, this can be done in the oven on a low temperature (about 275 degrees) and a casserole dish covered with foil or oven safe lid. Cook about 3-4 hours. I still remove the chicken and give it a coarse chop with a knife to get it to start shredding and I still cook the sauce on the stove top. I have a friend that does not and hers is still delicious but just a little more sloppy.

If you don't have time for cooking the can take the cheater way out for dinner. Don't worry....we won't tell anyone! ;) Shred a rotisserie chicken. Mix the chili sauce, crushed pineapple and the brown sugar along with 2-3 tablespoons of corn starch or tapioca starch in a sauce pan on the stove top until slightly thickened. Pour over chicken and let it soak well for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Dumped it all in the crock-pot and ready to cook

Removed chicken and gave it a coarse chop with my knife

I like to thicken my sauce slightly with a little corn starch

Ready to serve up on sandwiches, gluten free tortillas or rice. It even tastes great on pizza!
Ready to eat

Yummy! Tangy with a little sweet. Makes me feel like vacation!

I hope you enjoy this super easy recipe that gets you dinner to table quickly and on budget! I recently took this to a pot-luck and it was the first meat dish gone. I think everyone enjoyed the different flavor rather than the traditional sloppy joes, BBQ beef or shredded chicken dishes. This is a nice change and doesn't require a lot of time or expense. Great for any casual dinner.

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