This Crockpot Orange Chicken is easy to make in the slow cooker and takes basic pantry ingredients! Great recipe to help you save a bundle on take-out too!!
What is orange chicken?
When you think of orange chicken, Panda Express may come to mind! 🙂
The typical orange chicken commonly found in American Chinese restaurants consists of chopped, battered and fried chicken pieces that are coated in a sweet-carmamelized-orange-glaze-flavored sauce. Whew, that was a mouthful!
Can this be made in the slow cooker?
Yes, this recipe is actually a crockpot orange chicken recipe!
We skip breading and frying the chicken so our recipe for Slow Cooker Orange Chicken lightens things up a bit.
How to make orange chicken?
It's super easy, especially since we are using the crockpot! Throw 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Add all of the ingredients for the orange sauce along with a couple shakes of red pepper flakes. Give it a good stir and cook on low 6 hours or on high 3 hours.
When done, shred chicken and mix it in the yummy orange chicken sauce. I like to serve mine over brown rice, but fried rice or white rice are great too!
Can you make ahead and freeze?
Sure can! In fact this recipe is included in our Freezer Menu Plan! Just dump all the ingredients in a large zip-top bag, mash around and freeze. Thaw and follow the recipe directions to cook.
Orange Chicken Sides
I like to serve this over brown rice with some baked egg rolls. But, here are a few other suggestions.
- fried, brown or white rice
- snap peas
- stir fry veggies
- egg rolls
- gyozo potstickers
- sliced oranges (of course)
Crockpot Orange Chicken
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup orange marmalade
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 3 Tbsps soy sauce
- ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- Add chicken and remaining ingredients to slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low 6 hours or on high 4 hours.
- When done, shred chicken and serve over rice, if desired.
Mouth Watering Good!!! 😍
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