Fantastic Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

This Fantastic Orange Chicken recipe is one of my favorite chicken meals to make in my crockpot. Almost as good as Panda Express.

slow cooker orange chicken

Back in the day, one of my guilty pleasures was going to Panda Express and having their signature Orange Chicken. If you’ve never had Panda Express Orange Chicken you are seriously missing out! I love Orange Chicken so much that I made this Fantastic Orange Chicken.

chicken bites in skillet

To make this Orange Chicken you will need a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. Since most of you probably don’t have a pressure cooker yet (get one!), I adapted the original recipe to use a slow cooker.

orange chicken ingredients in the slow cooker

This chicken dish is just fantastic. It’s sweet with a nice taste of orange. If you want a little more kick, simply add a little more Sriracha. This dish is best served over rice or noodles.

slow cooker orange chicken
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How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.

Try to resist as much as possible the temptation to open the lid while it’s cooking as the slow cooker loses heat. By just opening the lid to stir the contents can make the internal temperature drop by 10°F to 15°F.

slow cooker orange chicken

You can serve this delicious orange chicken on a bed of white rice or brown rice. You can also serve the orange chicken with some chow mein noodles or sauteed vegetables.

slow cooker orange chicken

You will need the following ingredients to make this Orange Chicken recipe in your Slow Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Cornstarch, Vegetable Oil, Orange Juice, Garlic Cloves, Tomato Sauce, White Sugar, Light Brown Sugar, Soy Sauce, Sriracha, Orange Zest and Green Onions.

  1. Cut chicken breasts into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Add to a ziploc bag with a couple of Tablespoons of cornstarch. Shake until all the pieces of chicken are covered in cornstarch.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the chicken and cook till browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet and add it to the slow cooker.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of orange juice, minced garlic, tomato sauce, soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar, orange zest and Sriracha to the slow cooker. Stir well until all the chicken is coated in the sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of orange juice. Whisk until combined with no lumps.
  6. When the chicken is done, gently stir in the orange juice & cornstarch mixture and cook on high for 20 more minutes.
  7. Serve over rice or noodles and optionally garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds and extra orange zest.

Printable Recipe Card

slow cooker orange chicken

Fantastic Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

This Fantastic Orange Chicken recipe is one of my favorite chicken meals to make in my crockpot. Almost as good as Panda Express.
4.50 from 8 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time4 hours 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 365 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Slow Cooker
  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 2 lbs Chicken Breasts
  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch, + a couple Tablespoons
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice, divided
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce
  • ¼ Cup White Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • Orange Zest
Garnishes (optional)
  • 4 Green Onions, diced
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Orange Zest

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken breasts into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Add to a ziploc bag with a couple of Tablespoons of cornstarch. Shake until all the pieces of chicken are covered in cornstarch.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the chicken and cook till browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet and add it to the slow cooker.
  • Add 1/2 cup of orange juice, minced garlic, tomato sauce, soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar, orange zest and Sriracha to the slow cooker. Stir well until all the chicken is coated in the sauce.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.
  • While the chicken is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of orange juice. Whisk until combined with no lumps.
  • When the chicken is done, gently stir in the orange juice & cornstarch mixture and cook on high for 20 more minutes.
  • Serve over rice or noodles and optionally garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds and extra orange zest.

Notes

→ Try to resist as much as possible the temptation to open the lid while it’s cooking as the slow cooker loses heat. By just opening the lid to stir the contents can make the internal temperature drop by 10°F to 15°F.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 35gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 994mgPotassium: 912mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 385IUVitamin C: 34.7mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Janice says:

    This orange chicken recipe is so delicious. The orange flavour combined with the chicken makes this a very tasty meal.