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Amazing Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe
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Amazing Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

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Orange chicken is my favorite Chinese takeout food, but I know that it’s very high in sodium and fat. So I got to work at home and created a healthier version. Now I have peace of mind knowing what ingredients are in it and that it’s better for my family. —Barbara J. Miller, Oakdale, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons molasses, optional
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Optional toppings: chopped green onions, peanuts and fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice and toppings) equals 319 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 891 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients; stir in molasses if desired. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine chicken, cornstarch, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Top with red pepper. Pour stock mixture over top. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Stir in broccoli. Cover and cook on high 30-40 minutes longer or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with toppings of your choice. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Amazing Slow Cooker Orange Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2013, p32

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice and toppings) equals 319 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 891 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Reviews for Amazing Slow Cooker Orange Chicken(8)

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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

Disappointing. Made it exactly as listed & chicken turned out dry & tasteless. I threw all of it down the garbage disposal.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

Loved this recipe, and I will definitely make it again. It lends itself well to substitutions; I didn't have orange marmalade, so I used a sweet-hot onion relish, squeezed two oranges and threw in the pulp. I should have backed off on the crushed red pepper, due to the heat of the relish, but my bad. I might try throwing in some pineapple chunks and onion next time. This is a keeper.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

delicious! Eliminated the mustard and ketchup and it came out perfect.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

My daughter and I did not like this recipe at all. The orange marmalade was overwhelming, and mixed with the other ingredients in an unfavorable way. We threw it away. Still looking for a good Orange Chicken recipe.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

I eliminated all the items that have salt in them, especially the added salt. I cooked the chicken separately and skimmed the fat. Blended it all together and it worked for me.....

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