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Tangy Orange Chicken Thighs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
Here's a quick-prep recipe for tender, flavorful chicken in a tangy tomato-based sauce. You can easily double or triple the recipe, depending on the size of your slow cooker. —Dahlia Abrams, Detroit, Michigan
Tangy Orange Chicken Thighs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest, divided
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Stir in 1 teaspoon orange zest. Add chicken; spoon sauce over top. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove to a serving platter. Stir lemon juice and remaining orange zest into sauce; pour over chicken. Sprinkle with bacon.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup sauce: 248 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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