Effortless Crock Pot Orange Chicken for Flavorful Weeknight Dinners

Last updated on June 30, 2024

Crock Pot Orange Chicken is an easy-to-make, tangy and sweet chicken dish slow-cooked to perfection with vibrant orange flavors.

Craving that takeout magic without breaking the bank—or your waistband? Enter Crock Pot Orange Chicken, your new culinary BFF. Sit back, let your slow cooker do all the heavy lifting, and get ready for juicy, tangy chicken that’ll have you doing a happy dance in your kitchen slippers. Stick around for the full scoop, because yes, we’ve got every zesty detail covered!

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

crock pot orange chicken

With its tangy sweetness and a hint of zest, Crock Pot Orange Chicken is an absolute hit! Picture tender chicken breasts slow-cooked in a sensational orange sauce, perfect for family dinners or impressing guests.

  • Cooking Method: Slow Cooker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Cuisine Type: Asian-Inspired

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)
  • 4 green onions, sliced (optional, for garnish)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and put them in the Crock Pot. Say goodbye to your cutting board—it’s been real!
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine orange marmalade, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Stir until well mixed. Feel free to do a little dance, it’s part of the magic!
  3. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the Crock Pot. Make sure to coat every piece like they’re sunbathing.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. This is your cue to kick back with a refreshing drink or binge-watch something absolutely ridiculous.
  5. Thirty minutes before serving, pour the cornstarch slurry into the Crock Pot and stir well. Things are heating up!
  6. Cover and cook on high for the remaining 30 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. If it’s not thickening, give it a stern look.

Suggestions

  • Alternate Ingredients: Swap the chicken breasts for thighs if you like it juicier. Use apricot jam instead of orange marmalade for a twist.
  • Garnishing Options: Top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions for that Instagram-worthy touch.
  • Cooking Tips: For extra caramelization, you can quickly broil the chicken pieces for 2-3 minutes before serving. Just don’t walk away—or the chicken will remind you who’s boss!

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