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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Alright, so this isn't a baking post, but I did try making dinner! I've been really into trying out slow cooker recipes and would like to share the really tasty ones. This one is for a slow cooker orange chicken dish. As a heads up, this is a healthier version of the dish, so there's nothing fried here. But it means you can eat it guilt-free!
(But I'll totally let you know when I get brave enough to use a deep-fryer.)

Hope you enjoy!

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 pounds uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1-2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste (we used 3 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

I followed this blog post from showmetheyummy here

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First I created the sauce. Get ready for a big list: I combined the chicken broth, orange juice, brown sugar, honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, orange zest, red pepper, ground ginger and black pepper together in a mixer. Everything but the chicken and the cornstarch. :P

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Now it's time to combine the sauce and the chicken. I prepped the slow cooker with some PAM spray, but you could also use those plastic bags specifically designed for slow cookers to make everything less sticky (and easier to clean up)! I haven't used them yet or else I'd link one I like here...

Anyways! Pour in around half of the sauce first, place the chicken in, and then cover the chicken with the rest of the sauce. I cooked this on Low for 6 hours, then added the corn starch and put it on Low for another 2 hours.

*If you want to have a thicker sauce, leave the top off the of the slow cooker for the last 2 hours.
**Be sure to stir the corn starch in or it'll clump up!

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As an optional step you can add in some veggies! In the last 15 minutes of cooking I added some broccoli. That let the sauce soak in without the broccoli getting too soggy.

Lessons learned:

  • Orange zest has a VERY powerful, bitter flavor. I added 2 tablespoons of orange zest and it completely overpowered the other flavors. I THEN learned that you can combat that bitter flavor with honey and a little bit of salt. Dish saved!
  • Broccoli will get soggy and break down if you keep it in the slow cooker too long. 15 mins did the job for me. 
  • Stir corn starch when adding it to a sauce or it'll clump up together.
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