Chad and I love Chinese food. If it was in our budget we’d be at Panda Express, Pick Up Stix, PF Chang’s, and whatever other restaurants all the time. Sadly this is not our lifestyle and we are stuck eating at home. I’ve always wanted to try and make my own Chinese food but I feel like all of the recipes call for like 20 ingredients and I’ve learned that the more ingredients a recipe calls for the more likely I am to screw it up. When I ran across this orange chicken recipe in the crockpot I was intrigued for a few reasons.
Reason 1. It only required 7 ingredients
Reason 2. The picture looked amazing
Reason 3. How would it taste in the crockpot
Reason 4. I love my crockpot so I’m always interested in making new recipes.
Once I told Chad about the recipe we were sold and had to try it. The recipe is simple to make. It probably took me more time to find all the ingredients than to prep the orange sauce. I made it on high since by the time we went grocery shopping to get the few ingredients we didn’t have it was already 6. Since your cooking the chicken on the stove first if you put the crockpot on high the chicken probably takes about 2 hours to cook.
The verdict? While the orange chicken is no panda express it’s not bad. I definitely think in the future if I made it I would cut the orange juice amount in half. The orange flavor is very strong. Chad really enjoyed the orange chicken at first but the taste was even too strong for him. We agreed to keep the recipe but to cut down on the orange juice next time. I also think next time I would add red pepper flakes to give it a kick.
• boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks (I used about 4)
• 1/3 cup flour
• olive oil
• 1/2 Tbl. salt
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
• 3 Tbl. ketchup
• 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)
• 4 Tbl. brown sugar
In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup. Pour the flour in a small bowl. Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess.
Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken.
The chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked since it’s going in the crock pot.
After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot. Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.
Serve over rice and even add veggies if you want a healthier meal.
Recipe in pictures
The orange sauce
the chicken in the crockpot after being cooked on the stove
About to cook for a few hours
This recipe was taken from http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/slow-cooker-orange-chicken.html
Happy Cooking! 🙂