Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is probably my favorite food.  When we go out, if it's on the menu, I order it.   I can't resist.  I've made it a few times and while I have never acheived restaurant quality, this is pretty darned good. 

It wasn't until after I'd made it that I realized that I've already made this.  Or at least something super similar.  I love anything in the crock pot and was excited to find this.  Again.  I actually made a double batch and shredded the leftover chicken to use for salads for the week. 

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
Adapted from Mom's Crazy Cooking

2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. ketchup
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup brown sugar

In a bowl, mix the OJ, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and ketchup.  Dump the chicken in the crockpot and add the sauce. Cook for 4 - 6 hours on low until done. 

**Alternate method:  Bread chicken chunks in flour and brown in a skillet before dumping them in the crockpot.  I skipped this part because I'm lazy!

This is linked with:
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
Hearth and Soul at 21st Century Housewife
Tasty Tuesday at Permanent Posies
Slightly Indulgent at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Whole Food Wednesdays at This Chick Cooks
Gluten Free Wednesday at Gluten Free Homemaker
The Mommy Club at Crystal and Co.


  1. That really looks good, Debbi. I like the combo of that touch of balsamic vinegar with the OJ. Perfect with brown rice.

  2. Oh my, I love sweet and sour chicken, any kind! Ok, sweet and sour anything for that matter! This looks delicious!

  3. Yum! Yum! Yum! This looks soo tasty - love that it's simple to make too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. That looks so good!


  5. I love it when I figure out how to make something I enjoy in restaurants at home--sounds like you've done just that! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  6. LOL, too funny you forgot you made it before! I actually made it from the last recipe you posted but didn't really like it. I can't remember how close this one is but it sounds better. I remember there seemed to be a lot of ketchup in the other and the flavor was not very orangey to me. This looks great!

  7. Gorgeous photos, BTW-love your plate!

  8. I like the idea of making this classic dish in the slow cooker! Orange chicken is one of my favourites as well. The balsamic vinegar is a great addition - it will really deepen all the lovely flavours you have used.

  9. Hi Debbie. This dish looks amazing. If it is half as good as the picture looks, I must try this. Have a great week-end.