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Slow-Cooked Mandarin Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 7 hours

Makes

4 servings

Oranges and olives are elegantly paired in this different but delicious dish. The chicken is marinated, then cooked slowly in a flavorful sauce, so it stays moist. —Aney Chatterson, Soda Springs, Idaho
Slow-Cooked Mandarin Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 another large bowl or dish; add chicken 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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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