Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker – Only 4 Ingredients

Slow cooker meals are perfect for the busy school year. I know how crazy it can get in the evening, so having dinner ready when you are is wonderful! Especially when it’s as easy as this meal and only requires 4 ingredients.

My aunt sent me this recipe years ago, but we never got around to trying it. Orange is not my favorite flavor, so I kept pushing the recipe aside. Then, one day I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner and we happened to have all of the ingredients.

As I said, I don’t like orange much, but we had leftover orange marmalade from making a recipe for my Harry Potter club a few weeks ago. Instead of letting it go to waste in the refrigerator, I decided to go ahead and try the orange chicken.

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

Well, I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor. The orange was not overpowering, which I liked. Even Ryan said he liked the chicken! Lately, the boys don’t want to eat anything I make, so that right there made this dinner a winner for us!

Justin’s only complaint was the texture of the chicken, but I think that was mostly due to the chicken not having thawed all the way. It was still mostly frozen when I put it in the slow cooker. Because of this, I couldn’t let it lay out and it didn’t cook evenly.

Lesson learned: make sure to take the chicken out with plenty of time for it to thaw before cooking this meal.


Step by Step

Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker and make sure they are flat so they cook evenly. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk the orange marmalade, bbq sauce, and soy sauce together.

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

Pour the mixture over the chicken. I like to also turn the chicken a few times to make sure it gets coated on both sides.

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

Cook on high for another 30 minutes.

Serve warm. We made some rice to have on the side and poured some of the extra marinade over it.

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients
Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients
Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

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Recipe

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, orange, slow cooker
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 3 hours
  • After the chicken has cooked, whisk the orange marmalade, bbq sauce, and soy sauce together in a medium mixing bowl
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken and turn to coat
  • Cover and cook for another 30 minutes
  • Serve warm with the sauce over the chicken
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Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker - Only 4 Ingredients

30 thoughts on “Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker – Only 4 Ingredients”

  1. Love how the orange flavour doesn’t overpower this dish. A lot of the takeout orange chicken we’ve had have been so orange-y and sour it was not very pleasant!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE orange chicken but have yet to find a recipe that compare to the glorious panda express. I will have to try this cause it looks so simple and you have yet to fail me with your amazing recipes.

    1. I’ve never had it from Panda Express, so can’t comment on how it compares. This is not as strong of an orange flavor as most places, so if that’s what you like you may want to increase the amount of the orange jam in the recipe.

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