How To Make Orange Chicken in the Crockpot!

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Today we’re learning how to make orange chicken in the Crockpot. I like to make everything in the slow cooker, orange chicken included!

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Orange chicken is a staple at most Chinese food restaurants. When we order takeout it’s always on the list! It’s a little sweet, savory and perfect for with rice, veggies, and more!

If you are looking for a way to cut back on your takeout orders or if you just like to whip up your favorite recipes give this one a try! Orange chicken in crockpot is easy and so flavorful!

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You can make this recipe in a variety of slow cookers, if you double the recipe you can make this in a larger Crockpot, the regular batch can be made in smaller Crockpots if you like!

If you like to make messy recipes in the slow cooker, like this orange chicken in the Crockpot, you can use a liner to keep from having so much cleanup!

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy slow cooker orange chicken:

This recipe has a rather long list of ingredients which you can find int he recipe card at the bottom of the post. It’s mostly the sauce so don’t get too worried about the list!

The chicken we’re using is boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs will also work! You’ll also need cornstarch, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

For the sauce you’ll need orange zest, orange juice, sugar, honey, cornstarch, low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes!

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If you don’t like the added spice you can skip the pepper flakes but I don’t think they add an overwhelming amount of heat.

How to make Orange Chicken in the Crockpot:

Prepare the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.

In a gallon-sized freezer bag, shake together the cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and brown the chicken in batches until browned on both sides. Move the chicken to the slow cooker liner.

A bowl full of the finished orange chicken in crockpot ready to eat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour it over the chicken in the slow cooker.

Cover the slow cooker and cook for 2 hours on low or 1 hour on high, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Serve over rice and garnish with sliced green onions.

Here are some other Crockpot recipes to try:

Once you start using the Crockpot to make recipes you’ll be hooked! Here’s some of our favorites to try, everything from breakfasts to desserts.

When you want to start the day off with a hearty breakfast use the slow cooker to make Crockpot Breakfast Casserole, Crockpot Apple Crisp, Crockpot Ham Cheese Biscuits, Easy Crockpot Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal or even Fried Apples Recipe!

A view of the finished slow cooker orange chicken.

If you need some main dish recipes to try you’ll love Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings, Crockpot Tomato Soup, Slow Cooker Bubble Up Pizza, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Beef Ribs, Crockpot Buffalo Wings, Crockpot Lemon Pepper Wings, Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken, and Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Don’t forget desserts like Pumpkin Pudding Recipe, Crockpot Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Crockpot Peanut Butter Lava Cake, Crock Pot Cherry Pie, or Apple Butter in the Crockpot!

Printable Orange Chicken in the Crockpot Recipe:

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Orange Chicken in the Crockpot

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Today we're learning how to make orange chicken in the Crockpot. I like to make everything in the slow cooker, orange chicken included!

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Prepare the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a gallon-sized freezer bag, shake together the cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and brown the chicken in batches until browned on both sides. Move the chicken to the slow cooker liner.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour it over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 2 hours on low or 1 hour on high, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  6. Serve over rice and garnish with sliced green onions.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 576Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 221mgSodium 647mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 0gSugar 20gProtein 76g

These recipes are calculated as a courtesy. They are not intended as medical advice or guaranteed accurate. Please do your own calculations if necessary.

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