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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Dinner doesn't have to be complicated with this Chinese restaurant copycat recipe!

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Warm, flavorful, and just slightly fruity, this Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe is the perfect thing to make for dinner tonight. This simple but delicious chicken uses orange marmalade, scallions, soy sauce, and brown sugar to give it that distinct sweet-and-sour taste. Break out your slow cooker and serve this chicken on top of soft, fluffy white rice, and you'll have an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.

From the Chef: This sweet 'n' sticky chicken favorite is a glammed-up version of chicken nuggets. Instead of dipping the bite-size pieces in a pool of ketchup with your fingers, all you need is a fork with all the sauce in this dish.
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Essential Slow Cooker Recipes: 103 Fuss-Free Slow Cooker Meals Everyone Will Love.


Preparation Time20 min

Slow Cooker Time HIGH3 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW5 hr


  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Spray the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, scallions, orange marmalade, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper.

  3. Put the chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag, add the cornstarch and shake to coat.

  4. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and sear until brown, about 4 minutes on each side.

  5. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker.

  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir to combine.

  7. Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 5 hours or on High for 2 to 3 hours.

  8. Serve with rice, garnished with sesame seeds and scallions.

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Orange chicken is delicious! I can't wait to make this in my slow cooker next week. I can tell it will be better than lukewarm carryout food. I'll also look for a beef and broccoli slow cooker meal to make the same night.(I have two slow cookers)!

Chicken and orange is hard to beat and when you add soy sauce, ginger, garlic and a few other other ingredients it becomes even better. I can not wait to try this Slow Cooker Orange Chicken dish for a group of friends coming to us for a meal over the weekend.

I used to do orange chicken by zesting an orange and then squeezing the juice out of it. The orange marmalade is a great cooking hack for getting this same fresh flavor, without all the work! I like to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this - they stay so tender and juicy and have a great rich flavor!


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