Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Set it and forget it!! That’s my slow cooker motto! This Slow Cooker Orange Chicken recipe is perfect to throw in the crock pot for a simple dinner idea.

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This Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe creates a healthier version of the Chinese delivery dish right at home in your slow cooker!

Here is another slow cooker recipe for busy people. A healthier version of the beloved Chinese delivery dish, this modification of Orange Chicken does not bread or fry the chicken.

This Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe creates a healthier version of the Chinese delivery dish right at home in your slow cooker! #orangechickenrecipe #crockpotorangechicken www.savoryexperiments.com

The sauce is light, but flavorful and always filling. You are also free to add as many vegetables as you’d like.

Make sure you PIN Slow Cooker Orange Chicken!

While I like just onions and broccoli, you can also add those little mini corn ears, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts or bell peppers.

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By using Orange Marmalade, you will get an intense orange flavor, even more so than the Chinese dish, which sometimes doesn’t even taste like orange, if we are being honest. You will also get rid of all the work of creating a fabulous sauce. Presto!

The best part? Only 10 minutes to assemble in the slow cooker!

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Set it and forget it will forever be my goal when it comes to slow cooker recipes!

I try to make it so there is minimal prep work and most of the work is done by the slow cooker.

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Everything gets dumped in the crock pot and cooked until it’s ready! What more could you hope for?

I generally use a minute rice to pair with my slow cooker meals, but if you can also make my super easy restaurant style fried rice.

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If you don’t feel like buying Chinese 5 Spice Powder, if you can either omit it or make your own! Just blend together 1 teaspoon of ground anise seed and cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel, pepper and clove.

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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

4.80 from 10 votes
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe- create a healthier version of the Chinese delivery dish in your slow cooker!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • You know the drill. Dump chicken through Chinese Five Spice Powder into the crock pot. Literally everything except corn starch, frozen broccoli, scallions and rice. 
  • Stir to combine ingredients the best you can. 
  • Set the timer for either 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. 
  • About 30 minutes before serving, ladle out a small amount of sauce. Whisk with cornstarch and return to the crock pot, stirring to mix. 
  • Add frozen broccoli and stir again. Cover and continue to cook for the remaining time.
  • When you are ready to eat, spoon chicken mixture over hot rice. Top with sliced scallions. 

Notes

*Chinese Five Spice Powder is a spice you probably won’t use too frequently. You can add it to any Asian dish you’d like even though it isn’t on the ingredient list. Or you can save $5 and create a variation of your own. Grind an equal amount of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds and black peppercorns.

Nutrition

Calories: 685 kcal, Carbohydrates: 136 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 54 mg, Sodium: 1340 mg, Potassium: 1320 mg, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 66 g, Vitamin A: 1690 IU, Vitamin C: 239.7 mg, Calcium: 174 mg, Iron: 2.9 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 685
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: orange chicken recipe, slow cooker orange chicken
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. This recipe looks great! Thanks so much for linking up with the Let’s Get Real hop. We hope you’ll link up again this week.

  2. 5 stars
    Sweet and delicious! I love orange chicken! My two sons and husband wanted me to cook orange chicken at home, I can try this for them someday!

    1. Let me know how it goes, Joyce! This is also a good recipe because it is much lower in fat and calories than our Chinese food favorite. The sauce is not as “sticky” as take-out and the chicken isn’t fried. It isn’t exactly like the restaurant, but a good competitor!

  3. 5 stars
    This is just so eye-catching and lovely! Thanks for the information on Chinese 5 spice. I don’t have any, but we do have a great bulk section at our local Winco where I buy spices, so I’m sure I can make my own for pennies. I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for linking it up to Let’s Get Real! (shared on my personal profile and my page today)

    1. Nicole, thanks so much for visiting! I rarely use Chinese Five Spice and with the short shelf life, it is much easier to use a combination of things to make your own. If you do purchase a bottle, keeping it refrigerated can help it stay flavorful longer!

    1. Thanks, Britni! It is super simple- I even throw all of the ingredients in the pot the night before, put it in the fridge and then the next morning all I have to do it set it in the base and turn it on. Perfect for busy days!

    1. Of course! Any recipe can be adapted from a crock pot. I suggest using a large, heavy or enamel Dutch oven. Load it all in just the same, close the lid on tight and place it on the lowest setting your cook-top will allow. This is still hotter than a crock pot temp, so divide the time in half to about 2 hours. Cook-top temps vary, so cooking time will as well. The most important part is that the meat is cooked through, so check a piece before serving.

      1. 5 stars
        Thanks! I’ve seen other crockpot recipes and wondered how to convert them! Now if I could just plan ahead enough…