Hawaiian Inspired Recipe: Kalua Chicken

I was provided complimentary chicken from Zaycon Fresh to facilitate this review, however all opinions and photos are that of our own.  

 

Kalua Chicken with rice and pineapple - an easy alternative to the Hawaiian Kalua Pig recipe my family brought back to the mainland!

Remember that time you bought a package of food and absolutely LOVED it, so you get a craving and rush out to buy another package?  You get home, get everything put away, sit down to enjoy your food… and it’s nowhere near as good as the first time!  This has happened to me all too often, so I am grateful when I find a brand with good taste AND consistent quality like Zaycon Fresh.

 

40 lbs of chicken and the most convenient pick-up ever!

 

I wrote a review of Zaycon Foods’ chicken breasts last year, and decided to try them again to see how consistent our local products actually are.  While they may have changed their name, the products are still the same…and as great as ever!  The chicken came as quick and easy as before, taking less than three minutes to pick up from the delivery truck.  Very convenient – I was able to stop by the event after picking my son up from Pre-K.  The chicken breasts were very large, clean, and well packaged.  Suffice to say the quality is amazing, some of the best chicken we’ve ever had and for a pretty great price.  Since the quality and price hasn’t changed since my last review, I’m going to focus on one of our favorite recipes for the chicken!

Kalua Chicken with rice and pineapple - an easy alternative to the Hawaiian Kalua Pig recipe my family brought back to the mainland!

 

My husband’s family has a long history with Hawaii, and he loves Kalua Pig.  So with forty pounds of chicken, and no pork on hand, he made some Kalua Chicken!  Chicken requires a different method than the pork, and the recipe is simple, but the taste is amazing.

 

What you’ll need:

4-6 chicken breasts
1-2tbsp coarse sea salt (preferably pink)
1-2tsp liquid smoke

 

Kalua Chicken recipe (easy to make!)

 

 

Recipe preparation:

Put the chicken breasts in a slow cooker, cover with water, and cook on high for 6-8 hours until the breasts fall apart easily when you try to lift them out of the crock pot.

Remove the chicken and use a fork to gently pull the chicken apart in strips.  Follow the ‘grain’ of the meat to get long strips.

Drain the crock pot, then add the chicken back in.  Add the salt and liquid smoke, mix in gently.

Cook on low for 30 minutes.

Serve!

 

Variations:

My husband likes to mix his with sticky Calrose rice, veggies, chopped pineapple, and a hint of teriyaki or shoyu sauce.  I prefer to keep the chicken and rice separate, with pineapple on the side.  The best part is if you get tired of the leftovers, just add barbecue and stir to get barbecued pulled chicken!

What’s your go-to simple chicken recipe?  Let me know in the comments then head over to check out the Zaycon events in your area!

 

Kalua Chicken with rice and pineapple - an easy alternative to the Hawaiian Kalua Pig recipe my family brought back to the mainland!

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