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Try this sweet and zesty slow cooker orange chicken the next time youre craving Chinese food!
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Gale Compton

This delicious orange chicken recipe is full of clean and nutritious ingredients. We especially love that the orange sauce only takes a few minutes to whip up.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Gale Compton

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast filets, about 3 large filets boneless and skinless
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil optional coconut oil
  • 1 large egg beat with a fork

Orange Sauce

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar optional, molasses or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons lite soy sauce optional, Tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce optional, tabasco or red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 green onions thinly slice the green part and discard the white.
  • 2 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

Chicken

  • Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Dip in egg then roll in flour to coat pieces.
  • Add oil to a heavy skillet, turn to medium-high heat. Add a small pinch of flour to the oil. If it sizzles, it's hot enough.
  • Cook just until to golden on all sides. Do not cook all the way through.
  • Remove skillet from heat and place chicken on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil.

Orange Sauce

  • Add all sauce ingredients to a mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Add chicken and sauce to a slow cooker. Cook on high 1.5-2 hours or low 3-4 hours.
  • Add to serving dish and garnish with green onions.

Notes

This dish is delicious served over brown rice or along side Cauliflower Stir-Fry.
Freshly squeezed orange juice was used in the recipe but it's not required.
The orange sauce will continue to thicken while in the slow cooker. 
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 6ounces (approximately) | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1005mg | Potassium: 838mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14