crockpot orange chicken

★★★☆☆ 4 Reviews
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By Monica H
from Michigan City, IN

The base recipe for this I used from six sisters' website... by itself it was a little too sweet and way to orangy. After some modifications, I came up with this version and it tastes fantastic!

★★★☆☆ 4 Reviews
serves 3-4
prep time 25 Min
cook time 5 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For crockpot orange chicken

  • 4-5
    plump, big, skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 can
    frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    ketchup
  • 1 1/2 c
    honey, divided
  • 1 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 2 tsp
    salt, divided
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 1 tsp
    paprika
  • olive oil, for browning chicken
  • flour, for coating chicken
  • chopped scallions or green onions
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How To Make crockpot orange chicken

  • 1
    Thaw OJ and chicken. Mix OJ with brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, 1 tsp salt, cloves and ginger. Mix well. Set aside.
  • 2
    Wash chicken and pat dry. Cut into small cubes or strips. Toss into a mixing bowl along with pepper, paprika and rest of salt. Mix to coat.
  • 3
    Toss in enough flour to coat chicken. Mix.
  • 4
    Heat up enough olive oil in pan to brown chicken (don't crowd the chicken in the pan. Maybe you will have to do three batches. Use about 1-2 tablespoons olive oil per batch, making sure you wipe the pan clean after each time so flour bits don't burn).
  • 5
    Brown chicken (no need to cook it all the way through). After chicken is browned, set aside on plate lined with a paper towel.
  • 6
    After chicken is all browned, place it in a crockpot. Pour OJ mixture over the top. Give it a few mixes with a large spoon or spatula, cover, and set to medium / medium high for 3 hours.
  • 7
    After three hours, add half cup honey. Mix, cover and let cook for about another 2 hours, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • 8
    When it is cooked all the way through, turn off crockpot, mix in the rest of the honey, adjust lid on a slant so about 1/4 of the pot is uncovered (sauce will thicken upon standing).
  • 9
    While it is thickening / resting, prepare whatever you want to serve it over... it is really good served with some wild or brown rice. Add chopped scallions or green onions on top. Enjoy!
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