Slow-Cooked Mandarin Chicken Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Mandarin Chicken Recipe

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Oranges and olives are elegantly paired in this different but delicious dish from Aney Chatterton. "The chicken is marinated, then cooked slowly in a flavorful sauce, so it stays moist," notes the Soda Springs, Idaho cook. To trim prep time, ask your butcher to cut up and skin the chicken for you.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, optional
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 396 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 1323mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, ketchup, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, soy sauce, mustard, salt, garlic powder, ginger and pepper. Pour half into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Place chicken in a 4 or 5-qt. slow cooker; add reserved marinade. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until chicken juices run clear.
  3. Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the oranges, green pepper and olives if desired. Serve with chicken and rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Chicken in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p21

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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KarenKeefe 28976
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"Interesting dish! For more flavor, I substituted chicken broth for the water, chili sauce for the ketchup and 3 chopped garlic cloves for the garlic powder. Also added one medium chopped onion. Perfect combination!"

MadelineM 62550
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This was very easy to make and turned out really well. I used 4 lbs of chicken thighs and took the skin off myself. I find whole chickens in the slow cooker result in lots of small bones on the plate. I would have liked it to be sweeter or have a stronger orange flavor, but it was still pretty good. Will be something to add to the rotation. Had with eggrolls and veggies, but will probably do a lo mein next time."

kater224 22673
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"My family loved this it will be a regular at our home.. Kate Ramsey, Utah"

cactuslady 28974
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008

"I've been making this recipe since it first appeared in Simple and Delicious. It's a favorite of friends and family. Though there is a little prep work, the end result makes it worth it. I give this recipe 5 stars!! Linda N. B. Springs, CA"

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