Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

Published Date: November 28, 2022

Simple to make and full of amazing flavor, this Easy Orange Chicken Recipe is a go-to recipe in my household! Tender chicken smothered in a delightful glaze of garlic, ginger, orange marmalade, and soy sauce is a fantastic combination of sweet and savory. Cooked in a crock pot, it’s a satisfying dinner with minimal effort!

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Using a crockpot means you won’t have to stand by the stove cooking, you can just set it and forget it! 
  • The ingredients are easy to find, and many of them you might have in your pantry. 
  • This dish is great served with noodles, rice, or veggies for a customizable meal.
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Crockpot Orange Chicken Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 
  • Orange Marmalade
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ground Ginger
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper

*see recipe card for amounts

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How to Make Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken

Step 1: Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Lightly spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking oil and add the seasoned chicken pieces to it.

Step 3: In a large bowl, mix the marmalade, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, and garlic powder until fully combined.

Step 4: Next, pour the orange glaze over the chicken, and stir together until the chicken is fully coated.

Step 5: Then, cook on high for 2 hours or until the chicken is cooked through. Once the chicken is cooked, mix cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until it’s dissolved. Then, add it to the slow cooker.

Step 6: Cook for another 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.

Step 7: Serve warm over rice, noodles, or vegetables.

Storage and Re-heating Notes

This easy orange chicken with marmalade gets better by the day! It reheats well and is great for lunch the next day. 

IN THE FRIDGE: Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Store in a freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 4 months.  

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: Place individual servings in a bowl and microwave until warm.

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Helpful Tips & Substitutions

What can I add to make this dish spicy?

If you want to add some heat to this simple orange chicken recipe, try adding 1 tsp of red chili flakes to the sauce before cooking.

Does orange chicken require fresh oranges?

This recipe doesn’t! The marmalade in this recipe gives this dish a yummy sweet orange flavor without having to use fresh oranges.

What do I serve with orange chicken?

This Easy Orange Chicken Recipe goes with so many things! I like to serve mine on top of rice with a side of steamed broccoli, but it’s also amazing served with peppers, snow peas, noodles, and mushrooms. The options are endless!

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Try Some of My Other Favorite Chicken Recipes

Orange chicken cooked in a slow cooker served over white rice.
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Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

This Easy Orange Chicken Recipe is sure to be a household favorite in no time! Tender chicken smothered in a flavorful orange glaze is sweet, savory, and satisfying! Cooked in a crock pot, dinner doesn’t get much easier than this.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Orange Chicken Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 671kcal

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Crockpot
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken breasts skinless, boneless
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt to season
  • pepper to season

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • Lightly spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking oil and add the seasoned chicken pieces to it.
  • In a large bowl, mix the marmalade, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, and garlic powder until fully combined.
  • Pour the orange glaze over the chicken then stir together until the chicken is fully coated.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through. Once the chicken is cooked, mix cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until it’s dissolved. Then, add it to the slow cooker.
  • Cook for another 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Serve warm over rice, noodles, or vegetables.

Notes

  • If you want to add a bit of heat to this dish, add 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes to the sauce before cooking. 
  • The marmalade gives this dish a very noticeable sweet orange flavor, much simpler than juicing oranges but tastes just as fresh! 
  • Serve this simple orange chicken recipe with rice, noodles, or veggies!

Nutrition

Calories: 671kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 74g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 1405mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
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