You probably already have all of the ingredients needed in your fridge: chicken, orange juice and honey. This crockpot orange chicken is the perfect choice when it comes to busy days. The meal will be almost fully cooked before you come back home from your work, and it will require just a final touch (for the sauce).
- 2pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts — (about 4 medium breasts)
- 1/2teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4teaspoon kosher salt
- 1cup reduced-sugar orange juice
- 2tablespoons honey
- 2tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2teaspoons minced garlic — about 2 cloves
- 2teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1/2teaspoon red pepper flakes — or more to taste
- 3tablespoons cornstarch
- Prepared brown rice— for serving
- Sliced green onions— optional for serving
- Sliced or slivered toasted almonds— and/or toasted sesame seeds optional for serving
- Coat the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Arrange the chicken in the bottom, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the orange juice, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low, until the chicken registers 165 degrees F and is cooked through. With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and let cool slightly. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
- With a mesh sieve, strain the sauce into a bowl or measuring cup. Discard the solids, then return the liquid to the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker heat to high. Mix the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water to create a slurry, then stir it into the slow cooker sauce. Cover and cook on high until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring it often. Return the chicken pieces to the slow cooker and stir to coat with the sauce. Serve with prepared rice, sprinkled with green onions and toasted almonds or sesame seeds as desired.
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