Crock Pot Orange Chicken

Easy! Tasty! That’s what I’m talking about – and that’s how I describe Orange Chicken! I love a good slow cooker meal (seriously) and Orange Chicken is just that. Did I mention that it freezes beautifully? It’s part of our 40 Meals in 4 Hours – you know you LOVE that! What else is great about Orange Chicken is that everyone in my family loves it. No 2 meals (don’t start with me yes my kids are uber fussy)!

Orange Chicken 2

When I first started cooking, I thought the slow cooker was ONLY good for things like pot roast or soups. Orange Chicken was one of my first branch outs in making different, fun flavors in the slow cooker. Yes, this is where it began! I discovered that you can make ANY flavor in your Slow Cooker from a bit of Asian Flair to Mexican! YUM So glad I finally figured this out! This isn’t your mom’s slow cooker recipes.

Orange Chicken

To be honest, I always have some freezer meals in my freezer. I don’t ALWAYS do all 40 at once (although i have and it’s amazing), but about once every other week if I’m running low on easy meals I throw together just a few to get us through busy times. Orange Chicken is perfect for doing ALL the meals, doing a FEW meals or just quickly throwing it in the slow cooker in the morning! You can’t lose with this dish!

Orange Chicken 4

If you want other delish Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals you need to check out (and make this week!) these:

Slow Cooker Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce | Who Needs A Cape?

Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken | Who Needs A Cape?

BBQ Cranberry Chicken

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Beef & Broccoli

What do you have in your Slow Cooker today?

 


Crock Pot Orange Chicken

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces or strips)
  • 3 T fat (Original recipe calls for Coconut oil I used Olive Oil)
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 C of Orange Juice
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 3 T Soy Sauce
  • 2 T sriracha
  • Chopped Peanuts (low or no salt) for topping

Instructions

  1. Spray Crock Pot with non stick cooking spray
  2. Place cut chicken into crock pot
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together except for peanuts and pour over chicken
  4. Cook for 4-6 hours on low
  5. Serve with Stir Fried Veggies or rice or both! and top with chopped peanuts
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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken is a fantastic Freezer Meal - great flavor, easy - perfect for any night!

 

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Comments

  1. Oh I love orange chicken! One of my favorites!

  2. kerreena says:

    When you make this to freeze first. Can you add in the veggies in the bag with the sauce then freeze and cook everything the chicken and veggies and the crock pot?

    • Yes you totally could. But with the stir fry veggies that I used I thought that they would be too mushy for me and my family by the time the chicken was done. It CAN be done, but I choose not to because I like the veggies separate ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ArmyGirl11 says:

        or add the veggies in at a later time after the chicken has cooked for a little bit? i know they have the steam fresh bags of frozen veggies you can just throw in the microwave

  3. Cheryl says:

    Thanks! This sounds yummy. Do you think it would work equally as well with chicken breast instead of thighs?

  4. Melissa says:

    The two ingredients with the * do those go in the crockpot as well. And if not what do you do with them? Thank you looks awesome and I cant wait to try it

    • Heather says:

      All except the peanuts. The * only represents that those items are NOT on the food/grocery list for the 40 meals in 4 hours post! The OJ and Soy were in my crock pot ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. what is sriracha in the orange chicken, I have never heard of this, ty

  6. Why is the orange juice listed twice? Juice from 2 oranges then another 1/4 cup orange juice? Why are they separated? Just wondering.

    • Kendra – I added the extra OJ to give it more of an orange flavor. The extra OJ is not included in the list for 40 meals in 4 hours so I needed to keep it separate ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus wanted to use fresh orange and then extra juice! Enjoy

      • The extra Orange juice does make a difference. I added a little more while about half way through cooking again. One of my favorites!!

  7. This sounds yummy! I’ve never added sriracha sauce to orange chicken before. I think I’ll like this change. I’m guessing I’ll skip the peanuts and do toasted sesame seeds instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Is there a way to substitute dry or candied ginger for the fresh. I never have fresh, and I haven’t cooked with ginger much, but this recipe sounds so good that I want to try it. Thanks for all the great ideas and yummy recipes.

    • I have only used fresh. Sorry ๐Ÿ™

    • You know, tHis dish can be made in less than 30 minutes using fresh ingredients. Why use a crock pot at all?

      • why not? Sometimes it’s nice to come home and have dinner waiting. Or sometimes it’s nice to not have to spend 30 minutes in the kitchen when your whole family just got home. Honestly – it’s the reason I do anything in the crock pot – it makes my life – during the hectic time of day – a LOT easier. If you like it “fresh” then you should do it that way ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Cooking

  9. Christin Hardi says:

    Is ‘T’ for tablespoon

  10. Those of you that have tried this recipe the Sriracha sauce. We picked up some today from Walmart since we have never tried it before. That stuff is insanely hot (spice wise). 2T seems like a lot for this unless everything else cuts the heat down some? Would a Sweet Chili Sauce work just as well since they appear from what I read ingredient wise almost the same thing?

    • The other ingredients do cut down on the heat in my opinion. I was hesitant to use the entire amount when my 2 yr old Grandson would be eating. He ate 2 servings. The veggies and if you serve with or over rice made it mild.

  11. I’ve made this twice in the crockpot, but found the sauce to be soupy. the flavor was also too mild. it was detectable but not quite obvious. any ideas?

    • Couple of things you could do. For a thicker sauce pull some out and on the stove add some corn starch/water and thicken like you would a gravy. And for the mild flavor do you want it hotter? Or more orangey? Not sure but you could add orange zest or some hot spices if you wish

      • i would say i want it to be more orangey. theres barely a detection of it in the mouth. i think the spiciness is about where i like it. also, i use coconut oil for the fat. that seems to add to its soupiness. but i am not entirely sure what the point of adding fat is. i’ve been considering skipping it altogether, or cutting it down by at least half.

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