Jan 12, 2012

Crockpot Chicken a l’Orange

Crockpot Citrus Chicken

Here’s one you must try, provided you have a slow cooker. I’ve gone crazy with my crock-pot this past week, and this recipe—along with a gazillion other ones—turned out to be a real keeper.

Crazy simple, hardly any prepping involved, but so tasty you’ll want to lick the plate clean. The scent alone had me drooling all day long. It’s a recipe that came with the crock-pot … but since I can’t leave anything well enough alone, I compulsively tweaked this one, too. I’m weak. It’s my nature!

It’s an absolutely amazing recipe. Serve over steamed rice and green beans and be happy.
 

Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken breasts
5 tbsp ketchup
5 tbsp orange marmalade
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 to 1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove
thumb-size piece fresh ginger
1 tbsp chinese rice vinegar
few drops tabasco
1 tbsp corn starch
salt & pepper
 
Optional: Chinese five spice powder (1/4 tsp or so)

 
Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl you mix the ketchup (Heinz, baby!)
Crockpot Citrus Chicken

With the orange marmalade. Love this stuff.
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Pour in the soy sauce.
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The rice vinegar. You can sub this with white wine vinegar, if you like.
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Add a few drops of tabasco and some sesame oil.
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Grate the garlic and ginger in there as well and mix it up.
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I tasted it and felt it needed some sweetness: I added some brown sugar.
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Cut each chicken breast in half and cut those halves in half again. Yeah, I know: I like to be confusing.
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I used boneless chickens breasts because, well, it’s what jumped out at me when I opened my freezer. This will probably come out even better when there are still some bones in the chicken.
 

Add the chicken to the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
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Pour the sauce in there as well and mix it with the chicken.
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See where I’m going with this?
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Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Need more time, don’t cut the breasts in half and cook on slow for 6 hours.
 

My chicken pieces were perfect after 4 and a half hours. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
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Add some water to the cornstarch and stir well. Pour it into the sauce and stir it in until the sauce thickens. There’s plenty sauce.
Crockpot Citrus Chicken

Garnish with spring onions and serve with steamed white rice and crispy green beans or broccoli. It’s divine!
Crockpot Citrus Chicken

Crockpot Chicken a l’Orange
Ingredients
    2 pounds chicken breasts
    5 tbsp ketchup
    5 tbsp orange marmalade
    3 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    1/8 to 1/4 tsp sesame oil
    1 garlic clove
    thumb-size piece fresh ginger
    1 tbsp chinese rice vinegar
    few drops tabasco
    1 tbsp corn starch
    salt & pepper

    Optional: Chinese five spice powder (1/4 tsp or so)

Directions
    In a medium-sized bowl you mix the ketchup with the orange marmalade, soy sauce, rice vinegar, tabasco, sesame oil and you grate the garlic and ginger in there. Add the brown sugar and stir well.

    Cut the chicken breasts in half and cut those halves in half again. Tranfer them to the slowcooker and season them with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Need more time, don’t cut the breasts in half and cook on slow for 6 hours.

    Check on them every now and then to make sure they don’t come out dry. After 4 and half hours mine were perfect. transfer them to a plate. Add some water to the cornstarch and stir well, pour it into the sauce and stir well until it thickens.

    Garnish the chicken with spring onions and serve over steamed white rice and crispy green beans.

Meal type: Main course, chicken, slowcooker
Servings: 4
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    38 Comments »

    1. 1

      Oh yeah, now THAT is what’s for dinner!

      Chi Chi on Jan 12, 2012 @ 10:37 pm Reply
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      I’ve been waaaaaay obsessed with my crockpot lately.  So much so my husband has requested that we put it away, just for a little while.  You know, let it take a well deserved rest.  Heck no, I need THIS chicken, STAT!  

      Julia on Jan 12, 2012 @ 10:44 pm Reply
      1. I didn’t just cook dinner but also stocked up the freezer. The chili that came out of it was sooo amazing. Same goes for the roti chicken and beans I made.

        They’re gonna have to drag it out of my hands :) 

        Kay on Jan 12, 2012 @ 10:45 pm Reply
    3. 3

      You have great timing – I was just looking at a recipe for orange chicken in a crock pot.  I found one yesterday but wasn’t too sure about it.  This one, however, looks so much better and more what I was imagining.  I am off to make adjustments to my grocery list.  Thank you!!  

      Susan on Jan 12, 2012 @ 11:01 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Mouth-watering pictures and ingredients. If I don’t have slow-cooker can I still make it? In oven perhaps…? Would love to try.

      Annika on Jan 12, 2012 @ 11:18 pm Reply
      1. I’m sjre you could make it in the oven as well. Just use a lower temperature and use a Dutch oven.

        Kay on Jan 12, 2012 @ 11:35 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Oh. My. Gawd. I’m in love.

      Bev Weidner on Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:33 am Reply
    6. 6

      Yummy.  Need to make this and one of our stores has the chicken breasts on sale this week  :)

      madeline St onge on Jan 13, 2012 @ 3:11 am Reply
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      This looks wonderful! I can not wait to try it! This is the season for crock pot meals! After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays! I love adding to my arsenal of standard recipes to use in the crock pot. I am going to try this recipe and another I found on the internet called African Chicken Peanut Stew. If it turns out, I will add the stew to your growing collection of recipes you requested in an earlier post when you first got your crock  pot. 
      I love your blog! You do an excellent job with the photographs and directions. I have referred your blog to many of my Dutch & Indonesians  family and friends living here in the US, because I know they will enjoy as much as I do.

      Cynthia on Jan 13, 2012 @ 5:01 am Reply
    8. 8

      This looks beautiful Kay, love all the ingredients going into this one…must try this out…
       

      Arch on Jan 13, 2012 @ 5:51 am Reply
    9. 9

      The organic chicken thighs in my freezer and my crockpot in my cabinet are calling my name for this recipe! I’ve got all the other ingredients so I’m all set. Yum.

      Abigail (aka Mamatouille) on Jan 13, 2012 @ 6:40 am Reply
    10. 10

      Hi Kay:

      How can I have a couple of friends put on your mailing list?

      Sheila

      Sheila Dingwell on Jan 13, 2012 @ 2:57 pm Reply
      1. They can subscribe (and unsubscribe:) in the sidebar on the right, Sheila!

        Kay on Jan 13, 2012 @ 2:58 pm Reply
    11. 11

      And what if you don’t have a crockpot and really, reeeaalllyyyy want to taste this?!

      Will on Jan 13, 2012 @ 3:33 pm Reply
      1. Then you’re fresh out of luck :)

        Nah, seriously… you can probably make it on the stovetop or in the oven as well, but you’d have to add a little more liquid and adjust the cooking time.

        Kay on Jan 13, 2012 @ 4:59 pm Reply
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      Love it! I’ve had a lot of not-so-fabulous slow cooker meals, so I’m glad that you’re testing all these recipes and reporting back on the successes!

      Jenna on Jan 13, 2012 @ 4:44 pm Reply
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      This is going on my meal plan for next week. Thanks Kay for all your recipes and posts! I could browse here forever! Love it! Love it! Love it!

      Jodi

      Jodi on Jan 13, 2012 @ 4:44 pm Reply
    14. 14

      This looks fantastic.  I don’t have a crockpot, maybe I need one or could just try this via stovetop.  Also I have bacon marmalade at home, I think I’ll experiment with that.

      adena on Jan 13, 2012 @ 5:13 pm Reply
    15. 15

      Oh my! it looks delicious. And it almost midnight and I want that chicken now…

      Magda's Cauldron on Jan 14, 2012 @ 12:26 am Reply
    16. 16

      Preparing it in a tajine, will that be an option to you think?

      Will on Jan 14, 2012 @ 1:57 pm Reply
      1. Absolutely!

        Kay on Jan 15, 2012 @ 10:28 am Reply
    17. 17

      I made this tonight for dinner and it is delicious.  Thanks Kay.  This is a keeper
       

      madeline St onge on Jan 15, 2012 @ 2:59 am Reply
    18. 18

      Thanks Kay!  Cooked this on my stovetop tonight (didn’t have time for crock pot) – and it turned out amazing!!!! 

      Dawn on Jan 17, 2012 @ 1:22 am Reply
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      This was fabulous! A new family favorite!  I overcooked it a teeny tiny bit, but the flavor was incredible.  I opted for the Chinese five spice in mine.
      I’m glad you went crazy with your crock pot, because I just started working again and I need to use mine more! Keep the crock-pot recipes a’comin!

      Trish-in-MO on Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:36 pm Reply
    20. 20

      That is some tasty looking orange chicken!

      Kevin (Closet Cooking) on Jan 31, 2012 @ 12:21 am Reply
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      Oh My, Do I love this recipe!!  As a mom to 6, wife to 1 and a gluten free kitchen, this is a winner.  I LOVE crock pot recipes with being busy and running different directions with every ones schedules.  This is made at our home at least two times a month, if not weekly at times.  THANKS!!
      To keep it gluten free…remember to watch your type of soy sauce and ketchup. ;)  Many have hidden  gluten. 

      Alena (Gluten Free Cook) on May 30, 2012 @ 7:14 pm Reply
    22. 22

      I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit!  I substitued apricot preserves because I had it in the house, and it was very tasty as well as super easy to put together.  With a four month old I need to sneak in the cooking when he naps and this fit perfectly into our schedule.  Thank you for sharing!

      Jessica B. on Jun 23, 2012 @ 3:38 am Reply
    23. 23

      Ik heb een paar drumsticks en een kippenbout in de vriezer liggen. Die zou ik er toch allemaal in kunnen doen…in de crockpot bedoel ik? 

      Tessa on Oct 2, 2012 @ 3:31 pm Reply
      1. Absoluut! Kip met bot wordt ongelooflijk lekker in de slowcooker.

        Kay on Oct 2, 2012 @ 3:35 pm Reply
    24. 24

      Wat ik eigenlijk bedoelde maar niet schreef, haha, maakt het qua omvang wat uit. Kleine drumsticks, grote poot en gaarheid. Vast niet. ;-) 

      Tessa on Oct 2, 2012 @ 5:17 pm Reply
      1. Je hebt wel kans dat het vlees dan al van de drumsticks een beetje loskomt zo botergaar is dat dan, maar verder maakt het niets uit, nee.

        Kay on Oct 2, 2012 @ 5:30 pm Reply
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      Op zich is dat niet zo erg dat het vlees er al vanaf valt. Denk dat ik het vlees er sowieso al af zal halen voor het serveren. Maar je hebt een heerlijk blog! En die foto van je kindje die voor het eerst een chocolade muffin (toch) eet is Priceless!!!! ;-)

      Tessa on Oct 2, 2012 @ 5:37 pm Reply

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