I followed the recipe as written and thought it was terribly overcooked. on the lowest setting, it was done in 4.5 hours, but I still had 5 hours before dinner. I had to put the crock pot on warm instead and this was the only variance. even at 4 hours, the sauce was dark and the chicken turning brown. by dinner, my family thought it was beef. the taste was okay though. since the carrots and onions had disintegrated, i took some frozen asian veggies out of the freezer, put them in a large skillet. as the rice cooked, i did a stir fry with the veggies, added the crock pot mix and then finished as directed with the pineapple juice, corn starch and pineapple. it was an edible dinner, but next time, i'll use the recipe but cook from start to finish in the frying pan (with those frozen veggies). i think it will look like the picture then (maybe), but as followed, nothing like the picture.