Slow Cooked Orange Chicken Recipe

Enjoy the succulent flavors of tender chicken infused with citrusy goodness in this Slow Cooked Orange Chicken recipe. Perfect for a cozy night in or a gathering with loved ones, this dish promises to delight your taste buds with its tantalizing blend of sweet and savory flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir well to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken breasts in the slow cooker, ensuring that the chicken is evenly coated.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours or until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Cooking times may vary depending on your slow cooker, so check for doneness periodically.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked, carefully remove it from the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Pour the slurry into the sauce remaining in the slow cooker and stir well to combine. This will help thicken the sauce.
  7. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir to coat it evenly with the thickened sauce. Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce for an additional 15-20 minutes on low heat, or until the sauce has reached your desired consistency.
  8. Once the sauce has thickened to your liking and the chicken is heated through, serve the slow cooked orange chicken hot, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.
  9. Enjoy this delicious dish on its own or with steamed rice or vegetables for a complete meal. Bon appétit!

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