Slow Cooker Zesty Orange Chicken

Published on April 1, 2016 by Lauren
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    crockpot orange chicken

    I’ve got a fantastic slow cooker meal for you today! This Zesty Crockpot Orange Chicken has tons of flavor and is so ridiculously easy to put together.

    Basically, the recipe goes like this:

    1. Chop up some chicken.
    2. Dump a bunch of stuff in the slow cooker.
    3. After that’s done, mix together some water and some cornstarch for a thickener.

    Eat! You will love it, and there’s plenty of yummy orange sauce to soak into the rice 🙂

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    Slow Cooker Zesty Orange Chicken
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    Serves: 6
     
    Ingredients
    • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed into 1" pieces
    • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (or 1 heaping tsp jarred garlic)
    • 3 Tbsp corn starch
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Sesame seeds
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker except the water and cornstarch.
    2. Cook on high for 4 hours.
    3. In a small sauce pan, mix water and cornstarch together until well blended.
    4. Add 1/2 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and heat on medium, whisking often.
    5. Once it bubbles and thickens, add it back to the slow cooker and mix.
    6. Let it cook for another 15 minutes and serve over rice and top with sesame seeds.

    Instant Pot Zesty Orange Chicken
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    Serves: 6
     
    Ingredients
    • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed into 1" pieces
    • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (or 1 heaping tsp jarred garlic)
    • 3 Tbsp corn starch
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Sesame seeds
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot except the water and cornstarch.
    2. Pressure cook for 20 minutes.
    3. Let the Instant Pot naturally depressurize for at least 5 minutes.
    4. In a small sauce pan, mix water and cornstarch together until well blended.
    5. Add the mixture to the slow cooker and mix.
    6. Set the Instant Pot to saute and cook for a couple minutes until it thickens.
    7. Serve over rice and top with sesame seeds.

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    COMMENTS

  • I think I’m kind of late to the party with the Instant Pot, but Ive ordered one and now doing research on how to use it!
    Your article was very helpful!

  • So I thought I made the recipe exactly as written and then put my timer on for 4 hours and left for the day. I came home and it was completely burnt! My crock pot automatically goes to a warm setting when the timer is done. I didn’t think 7 hours on warm would have burned it so badly! Should I have added a little water to my orange juice concentrate (the canned kind)?

    • Mine was on for only the four hours and it slightly burned. Next time I’m addding some chicken stock. I felt this was too thick. Especially with adding the corn starch. It would have been thicknwothoutnthe cornstarch actually.

  • I followed the crockpot recipe exactly as written, but unfortunately it turned out really thick and way too sweet.

  • Sounds AMAZING!! Is this freezable? I’m stockpiling for the arrival of my newborn daughter (I also have a 2 year old son). I would think you could combine the ingredients (less cornstarch) in a freezer bag and freeze. Then thaw and cook as instructed. Have you done this? Thanks for any pointers!!!

  • FYI: I don’t recommend the Instant Pot recipe. 20 minutes in the instant pot for 1″ chicken pieces is way too long. Chicken was way overcooked & dry. Saute feature might be a better way to cook this recipe.

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