Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe Recipes

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On the hunt for another tasty Crockpot Meal??

How about a sensational, insanely delicious and crazy easy dinner?

This Crockpot Orange Chicken delivers… BIG Time!!!



What You’ll Need:

  • 4 – 5 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
  • Crockpot

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What You’ll Do:

  • Cook chicken in crockpot on HIGH for 3 hours {covered}
  • After 3 hours, 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}

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That’s it ~ now wasn’t that easy??  Serve this crockpot meal with a side of Rice… YUM!

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Crockpot Orange Chicken is so simple to make!  Give this crockpot meal a try, and see what you think!

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  1. Mary Beth Elderton says

    OMGoodness! I have been looking for a good Orange Chicken recipe that was easy to make–and this is slow cooker, too! Thank you!

    • Heidi says

      Hi Itzel ~ when you initially cook the chicken, you’ll place just the chicken in the crockpot to cook, and nothing else. You could cook it all together, but I like to cook the chicken separately first, then drain the juices and fat. That way the sauce will be a lot thicker and less watered down. Hope that helps! 😉

  2. Martha McDaniels says

    Won’t the chicken burn in the crockpot if there is no liquid in it during the begining of the cooking process?

    • Heidi says

      Hi Martha ~ the chicken won’t burn… it will end up cooking in the juices from the chicken. Hope that helps! 😉

  3. says

    Ah-HA!! Thanks for this recipe! I tried making orange chicken slowly cooked in a dutch oven with real oranges and orange zest. The flavor was not so pleasing to my kids. Maybe not sweet enough? But this sounds reeaaally good!

  4. Kim says

    Once you have this all put together, can you freeze it well? I need to make some meals to put away for family while I recover from surgery. I am looking to get as much prepped for them as possible so they just have to heat’n eat.

    • Heidi says

      Hi Kim ~ I haven’t tried freezing this before, but I know several of the other completed crockpot chicken meals freeze really well. I don’t see why this would be any different… I say go for it! 😉

      ~ Heidi

  5. Michelle G says

    The ingredients say Orange Marmalade, but the picture shows Sweet Orange Marmalade, which one is it?

    • Heidi says

      Hi Michelle ~ some brands call it Orange Marmalade, but the Smuckers brand is called Sweet Orange Marmalade. If you can’t find the Smuckers brand, just try substituting another brand of orange marmalade. Hope that helps! 😉

  6. says

    I hope you know that this recipe is going to make me really happy. I LOVE easy crockpot recipes, and I stumbled on your blog through Pinterest (the Walmart coupon post). I’ll probably throw in some random veggies from my fridge, and some garlic, and maybe sesame seeds…and any other random asian sauces I have.

    What I love about this recipe is that it sets a super easy foundation for orange chicken, and I know where to find the ingredients at my grocery store.

    I’m really hungry now, and it’s well past midnight. Crap.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Christina says

      That actually sounds amazing. Maybe make or buy premade breaded chicken and toss it in a bowl of this mixture and throw it in the oven for a few minutes!

  7. rachael says

    thinking about making this with all the ingrediants on low for 8hrs. then serving over rice! thoughts??

  8. Tiffany says

    Very tasty, thanks for the quick and easy recipe! The chicken was so moist that it fell apart so most of it was chunky or shredded and it went great over some Jasmine rice with steamed veggies!

  9. Karen Weber says

    Hi Heidi,
    Have you ever tried this cutting the chicken into chunks? Do you think that would work just as well, except adjust the timing?
    Thanks for posting this yummy recipe. Will be making it this week!
    Karen

    • Heidi says

      Hi Karen ~ yes… I have cut this into chunks as well, and it works great! What I do is cook the chicken as chicken breasts for the first 3 hours. Then I remove the chicken, drain the juices, and cut the chicken into chunks. I place the chicken back in the crockpot, add the sauce, and cook for an additional 30 minutes. It turns out just as delicious this way, too! 😉

      ~ Heidi

      • says

        If I want to make this orange chicken breast dish, can’t I pre-cut the chicken breasts, boil it just enough, then add it into the crock pot to cook all the ingredients altogether? Also was thinking of using all organic ingredients since I want it none high fructose & keep it natural & diabetic friendly orange marmalade 😉

  10. Claire says

    I made this tonight and I was skeptical at first about not putting any liquid in with the chicken. But, It came out great! I sprayed the bottom very well and loaded it up with about 3 lbs of breasts. I couldn’t stand how sad they looked bare, so I sprinkled some red onion and salt and pepper over them which helped flavor the meat as they cooked. I had to be away from it for about 5 hours so I set it on low. The chicken was so tender and moist that I ended up serving it shredded over rice. I also made extra sauce to serve on the side. Thanks for an easy, delicious recipe!

    • Heidi says

      Ooh ~ I bet it was delicious shredded over rice, Claire! I’m so glad you liked the recipe!! 😉

      ~ Heidi

  11. Kandace says

    AMAZING. I added some sweet chili sauce that I had sitting in the fridge. . . kicked it up a notch!

    Any idea as to nutritional info on this one, or how it could be calculated? Doesn’t make sense to me to add up the calories from ALL of the marinade since you don’t eat even close to all of it.

    • Donna says

      I was wondering the same thing. Usually I just add up all the ingredients and divide by how many servings but since majority of the sauce will still be in the bottom of the pot.

  12. Charlotte says

    I just made this tonight and it was delish, thank you for the recipe!! I have an over-zealous crockpot so after 3 hours the chicken was dry (but still tasted amazing) so next time I will do 2.5 hours and cut Into chunks before serving. What a great recipe, so easy! Thanks again!

  13. Cindy says

    Looks yummy! I have apricot preserves leftover from another recipe,so I’m going to try substituting that this time.(but I do have Sweet Baby Rays..my favorite!)Hope it turns out :-)

  14. says

    Just found this on Pinterest. It sounds amazingly simple. I’ve got chicken tenders in the freezer I could use, and the BBQ sauce, just need to pick up some orange marmalade. This will be on our menu next week!

  15. Christine says

    This was so very good! I have 4 boys and a very busy schedule. I am always looking for the mythical “yummy but easy crockpot recipe”! This was definitely fits that bill!

  16. Tonya Davis says

    The kids and I are very excited to taste this. Its cooking right now.
    Has anyone added any veggies to this?

  17. Lisa says

    Made this tonight and it was awesome! I used sugar free jelly to save a few cals and I used the sweet rays honey BBQ.

  18. Nikki says

    This sounds so good, much better than the orange chicken recipes that call for orange juice and ketchup. I was just wondering if I could make it into a freezer meal? I want to cook the chicken first, cool it and then add everything to a ziplock baggie and freeze it. Then on the day of cooking thaw in the fridge and then cook in the crock pot. Do you think that would work? Would I have to do anything different?

    • Heidi says

      Hi Lee ~ no… this specific recipe uses skinless chicken breasts without any breading, so it will not turn out crispy. Hope that helps!

  19. Marianne says

    Oh my, this was delicious! I added a bit of sesame oil and ginger for a skosh more flavor and it was really good. I’ll be making this one over and over. Thanks much for the recipe! :-)

  20. Jacqui says

    I made this for dinner tonight. I used Smuckers Sweet Orange Marmalade and Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy sauce. I served it over brown rice. It was insanely, awesome DELISH!

  21. kathy says

    Made this for dinner last night. My husband and 12-year old son really liked it. My husband said it reminded him of PE’s orange chicken but he liked this better because it’s not fried. He said this has a lighter, fresher taste.

  22. Kim says

    I made this last night and it was awesome! My boyfriend is a very picky eater and it makes cooking rough… He loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Joyce Lewis says

    With 2 out of 3 boys in sports from after school to 8pm I have been looking for things I could start and my husband can finish and have on the table when we walk in the door. Success!! I do an entire month of meal planning & 2 nights per week are crockpot meals….this is definitely a stay on the meal rotation because my kids LOVED IT. I did add some red pepper flakes (we like a little heat). My boys are usually picky (2,4 & 8) but they licked their plates clean ;~) not kidding! I served it with a side of jasmine rice tossed with frozen veggies (carrots, peas, & corn) and orange slices on the side. So simple…so tasty. One happy mom here ;~)

  24. Darlene Gates says

    I made this recipe for my daughter and her husband, it seemed so simple and we have been so busy canning that last week was a Wendys fast food, so I tried this along with buttered rice and peas, it was wonderful, not only tasting but easy as well.. we all enjoyed a good meal and no fast food chains got our money.. Thank you so much for sharing recipes with us frugal girls, we love it..

  25. Judi says

    OMG!! NEVER need to go to Panda Express again!! I don’t have a crockpot so I just browned my chicken in an over safe fry pan and added the sauce and put it in the oven for about 15-20 @350 and it turned out SUPER!!! Hubby said it was a keeper!!:)

  26. Emily says

    Hello! I was wondering if anyone has made this with putting all ing. together at once? I am away from the house for 8 hrs!

  27. Abby says

    What if I want to cut it up into bite size pieces like Panda Express does? Do I cut it before or after cooking the chicken in the crockpot?

  28. Cindi M. says

    Thank you for this recipe. It was so good. All my kids loved it. I did it a little different. I used 2 pounds of chicken and cut it into chunks. I mixed up the sauce poured it over the chicken and baked it all for an hour at 375. I served it on a bed of rice and a side of steamed veggies. Oohh it was so good!!

  29. ashb says

    Ok….I just mixed my bbq soy and marmalade..but it still smells like bbq…will the smell and taste mix when it iscooked?

  30. Barbara says

    I have to say I love the simplicity of your recipes, it’s great. I tried your orange chicken recipe and it was great! I have tried other orange chicken recipes so every complicated but. This is my fave!

  31. Corinna Curry says

    I just made the Crockpot Orange Chicken tonight. It was yummy! It’s almost embarrassing how easy it is too prepare too. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thanks for making this working ladies life a little easier!

  32. says

    Thanks for posting this. After two questionable attempts to get this recipe right, I finally read the part about not adding the marmalade and BBQ sauce until the last 30 minutes. That did the trick, and it’s now a family favorite.

  33. says

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I am having a party/brunch in a few days, and I wasn’t sure what to serve. This is perfect and so easy! I love crockpot recipes. Thanks again! :)

    • FamilyOfFour says

      You could omit the soy and just use the 2 teaspoons of the natural juices to mix with the BBQ and marmalade. Hope this helps!

  34. Cathie says

    This recipe looks delish! If I didnt have the time for it to cook in a crock pot, could I bake the chicken or cook it in some other way that was quicker?! Thanks in advance!

  35. Amy says

    Wow. This is so yummy and about as easy as it comes! This even works for my daughter who has food restrictions. We have had this multiple times and everyone loves it.

  36. says

    I want to try this recipe, but work all day. I would love to be able to combine all ingredients and then cook on low (for 8+ hours). Do you think this will work? Thank you for a wonderful meal idea!

    • Heidi says

      Hi Bobbie ~ I haven’t tried it yet with a low sugar marmalade yet, but if you do… let me know how it turns out! 😉

  37. Monica green says

    Hi! Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the recipe!! I actually stumbled upon it a couple years ago and have made it TONS of times since then. It really is a family favorite in our house, and my one year old and five year old LOVE it!!! So I’ve been meaning to come back for a long time now and say thank you and that I’ve gotten several family members to love this as well! I will cook it on low for 6 hours if chicken is fresh and about 8 hours for frozen! We also use drumsticks and thighs and it turns out perfect.

    • Heidi says

      Aww ~ thanks so much for the sweet comment, Monica! I’m so glad your family loves it… it’s definitely a family favorite here, too! 😉

  38. Kellie says

    This sounds and looks amazing…if only the internet had smells LOL. I wanted to give you a heads up that several websites are using your recipe and pics and not giving you credit. If you do an image search on google with the picture that shows the plate of food, the crock pot, the marmalade and the bbq sauce it comes back with tons of websites. I also found it on facebook on a page titled My Own Little Playground…it’s the first picture on the photo tab. Sorry but this just annoys me to no end when people steal like that.

  39. says

    I have noticed a huge difference in the sizes of chicken breasts from one brand to the next. Sometimes 4 breasts is 1 pound, sometimes it’s 2.5 pounds. Can you give me an estimate of how much chicken you’re using? I just want to get a good sauce-to-chicken ratio. :)

    • says

      Ok, so I made this today with 3 chicken breasts that totalled about 30 oz. I cooked them on low for about 4.5 hours, then poured out the liquid and scraped off the fat that was stuck on the chicken. Then I cut the chicken into chunks, but some of it shredded or fell apart. I put it back into the crock pot and stirred in the sauce. I cooked it on low for another 30-40 minutes while I made some fried rice. It turned out great!! Even my kids (ages 3 and 6) loved it! And the sauce to chicken ratio was perfect. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  40. Bekah says

    Hi Heidi! I just wanted to say THANK YOU sooooo much for all of these recipes! As a college student (on a budget) all of your recipes and cheap, delicious, and easy to make!! This one is one of my personal faves!

  41. Chelsea says

    Correct me if I’m just being blind- but what is the yield for this recipe? As in, is this for a regular sized (7qt) crockpot?

  42. Meridith says

    Hi, I found this on pinterest today and also made it today! It’s finished cooking but I haven’t served it up yet…but I have tried it and wanted to say I can already tell it’s going to be a hit w my husband as well as my 2 yr old and 4 yr old. My crock pot can over cook on its high setting and after tasting the chicken, I think next time I’ll use the medium setting for a little longer time since it does seem a little more dry. However the flavors are delish. I can’t wait to serve it up w some white rice. Thanks for sharing!

  43. says

    We had the Orange Chicken tonight. Awesome!!! I added green pepper and onion on top of chicken thighs,and let that cook with the chicken. Served it on rice with sesame seeds. It was gone in no time! This dish will be a regular, for sure!

  44. Jennifer says

    Tried this the other might and my husband loved it and has already requested it be made again. Simple, fairly inexpensive, and delicious. Thank you! Going to try the root beer one next.

  45. stephanee says

    Hi I was just wondering if you had any ideas as for a substitute for the soy sauce. I really want to make this but my husband is allergic to it?

  46. Lisa says

    i did not have enough time for the slow cooker method, so took the advice of one of the reviewers and cooked it in the oven. I doubled the sauce and added a tsp of red pepper flakes. I cut up the chicken in bit sized pieces and cooked in a covered dish for one hour at 375. It was very yummy, but too runny. I was able to thicken with cornstarch. If I made it this way again I think I would cook the chicken in a skillet first or add cornstarch to the sauce before cooking. My family liked the flavor, so will make again.

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