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Crockpot Orange Chicken

My crockpot is getting a workout!  I have just had too much going on to spend time in the kitchen lately.  It is so easy to toss a few ingredients in the good ole’ crockpot and walk away.  The house ends up smelling great, dinner gets cooked, and I can actually accomplish something besides standing in the kitchen and looking cute.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to look cute, but somebody has to do the laundry around here. 🙂

After I received many comments from you guys, I headed over to check out A Year Of Slow Cooking.  I had no idea that she was gluten-free too.  Naturally, I grabbed a cup of coffee and began skimming through her recipes.  This one caught my eye; Crockpot Orange chicken.  If you are like me, I wondered if it would fall apart, or be mushy.  I’m not a fan of mushy chicken.  Rest assured, this recipe is not mushy!  It is some of the best Orange Chicken I have ever had!

I just tossed it in the crockpot, put some rice in my handy dandy rice cooker, and when I was ready to serve I threw a bag of steam broccoli in the microwave.  Dinner was on the table in no time!

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Crockpot Orange Chicken

Crockpot Orange Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken - cut in 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  •  olive oil - for browning the chicken
  •  dash of salt
  • 6 ounces 1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

Instructions

  • Dredge the chicken pieces with the flour, and shake off the excess. Go ahead and throw away any remaining flour, we won't need it.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet on the stove and brown the chicken on all sides. There is no need to fully cook it, just sear it enough for the flour to stick and get a nice coating. Plop the chicken pieces into your slow cooker.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, and ketchup; Taste. If you'd like the chicken to be a bit sweeter, add a touch more sugar.
  • Pour sauce mixture evenly over the chicken, and toss gingerly to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3. Serve over white or brown rice.
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Directions
Dredge the chicken pieces with the flour, and shake off the excess. Go ahead and throw away any remaining flour, we won’t need it.

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Heat olive oil in a large skillet on the stove and brown the chicken on all sides. There is no need to fully cook it, just sear it enough for the flour to stick and get a nice coating. Plop the chicken pieces into your slow cooker.

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In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, and ketchup; Taste. If you’d like the chicken to be a bit sweeter, add a touch more sugar.

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Pour sauce mixture evenly over the chicken, and toss gingerly to coat.

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Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3. Serve over white or brown rice.

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**I plan on making a double batch next time so I can use a full can of OJ. There will be plenty for leftovers, or the freezer for dinner another night!**

 

Comments

  1. Oh I love her site so much. I don’t think I would have made it through this year had it not been for her site and cookbook. I have yet to make this recipe, but I think it is definitely on my list for this week. 🙂

  2. its in the crock pot now! hope it turns out okay because I for some reason thought 1/2 can of a 6oz can of concentrate till I read it again and went back and added the other half….

  3. I made this for hubby (as I am a vegetarian). First, he was happy I was cooking “meat” HA! Secondly, he LOVED it…he is so wanting me to make it again 🙂

  4. Wow, this looks so good and easy! This is my daughter’s favorite and she is always asking me to make it but the recipe I have been using is very labor intensive. I will definitely be trying this.

    Quick question, do you think fresh squeeze oranges would sub for the concentrate. We are about to have a crop full of oranges and would love to use that but wondering if it would be sweet enough?

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