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


  • 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 topping: 319 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 891mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein


  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

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"It wasn't as good as it looked. Not as flavorful and a bit liquidy."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"I thought this was a good recipe. I went light on the marmalade after reading the reviews. To cut down on the salt I used no-salt added chicken broth and no-salt added ketchup. Did not add the 3/4 tsp of salt.

TIP: Instead of cutting all of the chicken with a knife, I used my chicken shears and cut small chicken bites. Went a lot quicker and wasn't as messy."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"The orange marmalade was overwhelming and too intense when mixed with the other ingredients."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"Nice sauce. I went easy on the Marmalade (not my fav) and the Crushed Red Pepper Flakes. I quickly saut?ed my boneless, skinless chicken leg meat. Will make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

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

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