Crockpot Chicken With Orange Marmalade

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Crockpot chicken with orange marmalade is one of the best crock pot recipes I know of. I love to use my crockpot for soups and other stews, but it’s really perfect for a lot of different meals as well. The chicken stays wonderfully moist, and the flavors meld together perfectly on this Crockpot Chicken With Orange Marmalade recipe.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken — The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that’s irresistible!!

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken - The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that's irresistible!!

Easy Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

This is the easiest orange chicken recipe ever and there’s no breading, browning, or frying involved. Your slow cooker does all the work for you. The chicken is so tender, juicy, and layered with complementary flavors from the orange marmalade, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and green onions.

It reminds me of Panda Express Chinese Orange Chicken except with this copycat recipe, there’s no frying.

Along with rice and steamed broccoli and peapods, my family loved this meal and it couldn’t be any easier for me. I used a slow cooker liner and cleanup was as easy as tossing the liner.

There’s plenty of cooking sauce leftover in the bottom of the slow cooker, which I spoon generously over the chicken, rice, and veggies. I love the sweet-and-tangy, savory flavor and don’t let a drop go to waste.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken - The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that's irresistible!!

What’s in Slow Cooker Orange Chicken? 

To make this orange chicken recipe with orange marmalade, you’ll need: 

  • Olive oil
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
  • Orange marmelade 
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic powder
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions
  • Orange slices (optional) 
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken - The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that's irresistible!!

How to Make Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Drizzle the bottom of your slow cooker with olive oil. Then, place the diced chicken, cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a zip-top bag and shake to coat. Place chicken in slow cooker. 

Next, add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and gently stir the chicken to coat it evenly in the sauce. 

Cook covered on high for about 2 hours or on low for about 4 hours. If cooking on high, start checking at 90 minutes and if cooking on low, start checking at 3 hours. All slow cookers vary, so just cook until chicken is done (reaches 165F on an instant read thermometer).

I like serving my CrockPot orange chicken over rice garnished with chopped green onion and sesame seeds. 

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken - The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that's irresistible!!

Can I Make Orange Chicken Without a Slow Cooker? 

I haven’t made this recipe without a slow cooker, so I can’t give specifics about how to tweak it if you don’t own one. I have other chicken recipes listed in the Related Recipes below that you can try until you can make this with a slow cooker.

Can I Add Veggies to the Orange Chicken? 

I’ve only made this recipe as written, but a few readers have reported success with adding chopped vegetables to the slow cooker in the last 30 or so minutes of cooking. Play around with it and see what works for you! 

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Some readers have asked if they can use sugar-free orange marmalade in this easy orange chicken recipe. I’ve only made this recipe using regular orange marmalade (i.e. full sugar), so I can’t speak to how the sugar-free kind will cook down in the sauce and if it will affect the overall flavor of the dish. 

I’ve only made this orange marmalade chicken recipe using chicken breasts, but I’m sure you could get away with boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. Just be sure to dice them into even-sized pieces so the chicken cooks through evenly. 

If you have a sesame allergy, you’re welcome to use additional olive oil in the orange chicken sauce instead of sesame oil. And skip the sesame seed garnish. 

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken — The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that's irresistible!!

YIELD: 4

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

prep time 5 MINUTES

cook time 2 HOURS

total time 2 HOURS 5 MINUTES

The easiest orange chicken ever because your slow cooker does all the work!! Super juicy, tender, and coated with a sweet-yet-tangy orange glaze that’s irresistible!!

INGREDIENTS

  •  2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  •  1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  •  1/3 cup cornstarch
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  •  1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  •  1 cup orange marmalade
  •  1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  •  1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  •  1 teaspoon sesame oil
  •  1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground ginger, or to taste
  •  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  •  2 tablespoons sesame seeds, lightly toasted if desired (add to a dry skillet and cook over medium heat for about 30 seconds or until fragrant)
  •  2 tablespoons green onions, sliced thin for garnishing
  •  orange slices, optional for garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a 3 to 6-quart slow cooker with a liner if using one. I prefer to use liners for easy cleanup.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over bottom of the liner or slow cooker.
  3. To a large, gallon-sized ziptop plastic bag, add the chicken, cornstarch, salt, pepper, seal bag, and toss to coat chicken evenly. Add chicken to slow cooker, evenly distributed; set aside.
  4. To a 2-cup measuring cup or medium bowl, add the orange marmalade, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger (I prefer 1 teaspoon but some people are sensitive to ginger), garlic, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and stir to combine.
  5. Pour mixture over the chicken, using a spoon to distribute the sauce as necessary, making sure all pieces are coated.
  6. Cook covered on high for about 2 hours or on low for about 4 hours. If cooking on high, start checking at 90 minutes and if cooking on low, start checking at 3 hours. All slow cookers vary so cook until chicken is done (reaches 165F on an instant read thermometer).
  7. Add chicken to a plate with as much extra cooking sauce spooned over the top as desired, garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, optional orange wedges, and serve immediately.

NOTES

Chicken is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe! {Just 4 Ingredients}

Finally, a Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe everyone will love!  Just 4 ingredients and you’re done!

On the hunt for another tasty Easy Crockpot Recipe??  Well this savory Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe delivers… BIG Time!!!  This crazy easy crockpot orange chicken breast dinner is sensational, insanely delicious and ridiculously simple to make!

When it comes to Chinese food, Orange Chicken tops the charts every time!  With that perfect blend of sweet and tang, there’s something just so addictive about it, right?  Simply serve with a side of rice, and dinner is done!

So skip the Chinese Orange Chicken takeout tonight and go grab your Crockpot instead!  With sweet orange marmalade, and just four ingredients, this delicious asian slow cooker recipe is about as easy as it gets!

Here’s what you’ll do to make your Crockpot Orange Chicken…

Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

How Do You Make Orange Chicken At Home?

It’s actually really easy thanks to this simple slow cooker recipe!

  1. You’ll just toss your chicken in the crock pot, let it cook, and later drain the juices.
  2. Then you’ll pull the chicken out and cube it and place it back in the slow cooker, or leave it as is as chicken breasts.
  3. Finally, you’ll mix up some perfectly sweet and tangy orange chicken sauce, pour it over the chicken in the crock pot, let it cook for 30 more minutes, and serve over rice or chow mein noodles.  You can even top it off with some sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
  4. SO easy, and dinner is done!

Can You Make Orange Chicken Without Orange Juice?

Yep, you sure can!  In this recipe, we’ll actually use orange marmalade to give the sauce that epic orange-y flavor we all love!

What is Orange Chicken Sauce Made Of?

So are you wondering… what ingredients are in orange chicken?  Well, as crazy as it sounds, this orange chicken sauce is made with just 3 simple ingredients…

  • Orange Marmalade
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce

Oh I know, I know… you’re probably thinking why in the world would you have bbq sauce in orange chicken?  Well just trust me… when you mix these three flavors all together you’ll end up with the most delicious orange chicken sauce ever!  It just works!

If you’d like to give it a little extra kick, go ahead and add a pinch of red pepper flakes, too!

What Your Frugal Friends Are Saying About This Recipe:

Kaitlyn writes: “This was so easy and tasted great!”

Kaley writes: “I tried it and really liked it! I’m planning on making it again soon! I made fried rice to go with it.”

Laura writes: “Family loved it and it was very easy.”

Candy writes: “I made this for company and we all enjoyed it very much!”

Dawn writes: “Great over rice!”

Savannah writes: “This was SO good! My entire family enjoyed it!”

Kristy writes: “Quick, easy, and delicious!”

Darcy writes: “Very easy to make. I added broccoli and carrots during last 30 minutes.”

Ashleigh writes: “Made it on the stove instead. Cut chicken into large chunks and cooked. In a saucepan I heated the marmalade and bbq sauce and let it simmer for about 10min. Added about a cup to the chicken and let that simmer for another 10min. Nice tangy orange taste. Definitely keeping this one around.”

Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

Finally, a Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe everyone will love! Just 4 ingredients and you’re done!

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins

Total Time3 hrs 35 mins

Course: Entree

Cuisine: Asian

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts thawed
  • 3/4 cup Smuckers Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 3/4 cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce {it’s SO good!}
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce

Instructions

  • Cook chicken in crockpot on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours {covered}
  • After 3 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW, drain juices from crockpot
  • At this point… you can either leave the chicken breasts whole, or remove, cut into cubes, and transfer back to crockpot.
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce.
  • Pour mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes {covered}
  • Serve with rice and Enjoy!!

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

Chicken breast, orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce slow-cooked in a Crockpot to absolute perfection!

When the kids are home on summer break from school, our schedules get seriously OUT OF WHACK. We’re running in a million different directions, our sleep habits are off and everyone is always hungry. Easy recipe ideas for busy weeknights are a must!

So, in an effort to try to make sense out of this summer’s craziness, I like to make dinners that are easy to put together and that my family loves. This Crock-Pot slow cooker

 delicious orange chicken with flavorful sauce is definitely a family favorite of ours and one of our most popular slow cooker recipes!

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

Chicken breast, orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce slow-cooked to perfection! Save money for the whole family by ordering Panda Express (or your other restaurant favorites) and make this great recipe instead.

It’s a slow cooker meal that slow cooks while we’re out and about running errands. Coming home to slow cooking juicy chicken with a tangy orange glaze that tastes like a dish from a Chinese restaurant is simply amazing. An easy orange chicken recipe that will surely get a star rating from your family.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

Equipment Needed for Crock Pot Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

  • slow cooker
  • colander

Ingredients Needed for Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (boneless skinless chicken thighs would work as well)
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce (sauce ingredients
  • )3/4 sweet orange marmalade (or orange preserves)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

OPTIONAL:

  • sesame seeds
  • orange zest
  • green onions

Instructions for Crock-Pot Orange Chicken Recipe Sweet Orange Sauce

  1. Cut chicken breast into cube-sized pieces, place chicken pieces in slow cooker, then and cook in slow cooker on low for 2 1/2 hours (or medium for 1 1/2 hours).
  2. While chicken is cooking, combine BBQ sauce, marmalade, and soy sauce in a medium bowl until well blended.
  3. After step 1, drain juices from the chicken and pour the liquid mixture into the slow cooker with the chicken. Cook for 3-4 hours on low or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve on top of white rice, brown rice, noodles, or a side dish of broccoli!
  5. optional: top with sesame seeds, green onions, and orange zest

Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Grab the recipe below!

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