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Tasty Orange Chicken


Updated September 19, 2016
(22 Votes)


Tasty Orange Chicken
Tasty Orange Chicken
This image courtesy of Tom Krawczyk for AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

One of the highest demanded items on our site is slow cooker Chinese chicken, so in response, we decided to give the people what they want. Here's our version of Tasty Orange Chicken straight from our Test Kitchen. This is one of the most popular slow cooker chicken recipes where Chinese food is concerned, and we felt like it was time to try our hand at it. Now we can definitively say, that this recipe is utterly delightful. Simply prepare your orange sauce, chop boneless chicken breast into small chunks, brown them, and throw everything in the slow cooker. It's really that simple! Serve the chicken over white rice and enjoy.

Preparation Time: 20 min

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What You'll Need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch + 1 tablespoon cold water (this will be the sauce thickening agent)
  • 8 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed or microwaved
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. In a bowl, whisk together orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, salt, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, corn starch-water mixture and honey. Set aside.
  2. Pour flour into a small mixing bowl along with chunks of chicken. Cover the chicken with flour completely, shaking off any excess clumps of flour that may accumulate.
  3. Pour olive oil in a skillet, and brown the flour-covered chicken.
    *Don't worry about cooking chicken through -- it will cook fully in the slow cooker. Just get a nice brown color on the outside of the chicken chunks. Your chicken should be slightly crispy. Cook until you've reached your desired level of crispiness.
  4. Pour your browned and crispy chicken and your orange sauce into the slow cooker, and stir.
  5. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 5-6 hours.
Editor's Notes
  • This recipe was adapted from our reader favorite recipe for Simple Slow Cooked Orange Chicken.
  • If you're planning to serve your chicken over rice, plan to cook the rice about 30 minutes before your chicken has finished cooking.

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I am looki ng for recipes that use chicken legs, can this be this be subsituded for chix breasts?

Really pissed - I made a special trip to ShopRite spent $13 to make this and there's no amount for the honey. After all the time and money spent. What a waste. Not sure how this got 4 stars, if there was a minus star - this recipe would get it.

We've updated the recipe with the amount of honey you need, although this dish could probably be made without the honey since it's also sweetened with brown sugar. We're sorry, however, to hear you didn't have a great experience with this dish. We hope you'll try another recipe in the future. Editors, AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

I made this using 1/2 the OJ as suggested by another. I tried to find out how much honey to use, as it's listed one place but not in the ingredients. As far as I am concerned, this is terrible and I won't make it again. Saver you money and your taste buds and skip this recipe. This one gets a 0 rating.

Be careful with this one! The photos are very misleading. I followed the recipe, but the sauce has the consistency of water. There is no thickness to it whatsoever. It doesn't even stick to the chicken. So basically, it makes soup with chunks of chicken in it.

I completely agree with you! I will not be making this recipe again. My family took a bite and left their full plates on the table. Whoever posted that picture above probably got some takeout because sliced chicken doesn't look like that. The chicken in the picture looks breaded.

I made this recipe today with a few suggested changes, i used half the orange juice concentrate and added a dash of ginger powder and garlic powder, I cooked it on low for 2 hours although the chicken was fully cooked at 1 1/2 hours. My chicken was very moist and the sauce was awesome! But, my chicken looked nothing like the picture, it was not crispy at all and the sauce was a light color and creamy looking. Maybe i should of cooked the chicken in more olive oil and maybe a little longer. I will try this recipe again but next time i will try it using the cornstarch instead of flour to see if that gives it the crispy layer.

Looks excellent im trying this tomorrow thanks!

I guess many have not heard of OR learned how to copy & paste? When I just now printed off the recipe after posting on Word and tweakin' the type and layout.....I barely used one page! NOT 14 OR 26! Then I scrolled to the bottom of the site posting, right clicked on the displayed pic of the finished plated food and now have a 1/2 page pic on the back of the ingredients page of the finished product!

Really, really good.

We tried this over rice. I was told it needed more liquid in the recipe. But doubling the recipe for 3 people & there was just enough left over for 1 person for lunch, it was a hit.

I have not read any other recipe that has generated so many responses! I think I'll try it using the suggestions other reader have made. Then enter my review!

I use Chrome. they had the recipe, but to print it out it would take 26 pages!

You can get the recipe but you will have to print out 14 pages.

I also use Chrome. I copy the pics with the recipe instruction, paste into Microsoft Word and delete out the pics. Then save to my recipe file. Takes longer but it works.

I doubled this recipe, everyone's consensus was it was too orangy. I used sore brand no pulp frozen oj but i think it was just too much. Had to add more brown sugar to counteract the bitterness. Maybe honey would help next time with less oj. meat was tender

Hi, everyone. We are sorry to hear you're having trouble accessing this recipe. The link appears to be working fine on our end. We have noticed an issue lately with Internet Explorer trying to access Blogspot sites. For those of you using Internet Explorer as your Web browser, we recommend downloading Firefox or Google Chrome and using that as your Internet browsing service. These are generally more effective browsers. Please try this to see if it corrects the issue. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience. --Editors of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

What is going on ?????????? I kept trying and trying to access this recipe to no avail !!! Well now I go to leave a message & Everyone else is saying the exact Same thing !!!! What a Waste of My time & their's !!!!!! PLEASE Fix your site !!!!!! Thanks You, Carolyn3299

I have tried for 2 days to access this recipe and it is not possible. What makes it impossible to get the recipe?

This looks delicious, sure wish I could access the recipe!!

I can't get it to come up either, brings me to a flower or nothing at all.

I can not get this recipe, it brings me to a screen that looks like an advertisement.

how can I get the Tasty Orange Chicken recipe? I have been trying all afternoon to pull it up and it will not come up. Thanx, J. Horton


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