This 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Orange Chicken recipe is sweet, salty and easy to make. If you enjoy orange chicken at a chinese restaurant you are sure to enjoy this make at home option. While it is not crispy chicken it is an easy recipe with all of the flavors of orange chicken that is sure to become a family favorite.
5 Ingredients for Crock Pot Orange Chicken
This recipe requires just 5 simple ingredients. Of course you will need chicken. We used boneless skinless chicken breasts but you can also use boneless chicken thighs. I would not recommend using bone in chicken for this recipe.
Then, the sauce ingredients include soy sauce, orange marmalade, barbecue sauce and a little bit of ground ginger. If you would like to make this recipe gluten free substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos or tamari.
See the full recipe card and ingredient list below for ingredient amounts and full cooking instructions.
How to Make Crock Pot Orange Chicken
Not only does this recipe only have 5 ingredients it also takes just a couple simple steps and minimal effort. To start, place chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Stir together all ingredients aside from the chicken in a small bowl, then pour the sauce in on top of the chicken and stir to coat. (Or just pour all ingredients into the crock pot and stir as best you can.)
Next, cover and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or low heat for 6-8 hours. The longer cooking time is perfect for when you have a busy week and want dinner cooking while you are away from the house.
The chicken is ready once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. You can also shred the chicken at this point, and then stir it back in the sauce to re-coat it all before serving.
Then, serve with your desired sides (rice, vegetables, etc.) Optional: top with sesame seeds, chopped green onions or red pepper flakes.
This simple crock pot meal has a lot of options when it comes to serving. Try these suggestions for a perfect meal the entire family will love:
- Over a bowl of white or brown rice with steamed vegetables
- With our Pineapple Pork Fried Rice
- Make it a sandwich and put the shredded orange chicken on a soft sandwich roll
- Make a vegetable stir fry using sesame oil with red peppers, onion, broccoli, carrots, snow peas and more as a side dish
Frequently Asked Questions
After cooking, let chicken cool completely. Then store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. This recipe does make a large batch of chicken making it a great way to help you prepare extra meals for lunch or dinner for the week.
Any boneless cut of chicken is great for this recipe! We tend to use boneless skinless chicken breasts however boneless skinless chicken thighs would also work for this recipe.
Orange chicken is delicious served with white rice or fried rice along with some steamed or stir fried vegetables.
I don’t usually however if you would like to go ahead and give the entire pot a quick spray with non-stick cooking spray to help make clean up easier.
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- 3 lbs chicken
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 cup orange marmalade
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- Put chicken in crock pot.
- In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients for sauce.
- Pour sauce on top of chicken and stir to coat.
- Cook chicken on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
All ingredients can be combined in a bag and frozen then thawed and put in the crock pot to cook. This dish is best served over rice.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 944mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 42g