We love Chinese food. In fact, we eat at a local Chinese buffet just about every Sunday afternoon. While they do have a few grilled items and fresh fruit, I can’t say it’s the healthiest place to eat. Most of the food is fried in who knows what, and it’s no secret that most Chinese restaurants use MSG in their food. I don’t even want to know what’s in that red sweet and sour sauce.
This recipe for orange chicken is just as good if not better than any take out. The chicken is tender and the citrus sauce is sweet and tangy. It’s made from natural ingredients and of course it’s gluten-free and allergy-friendly.
It takes a little while to brown the chicken before tossing it in the slow cooker, but the results are worth it. If you skip this step, please let me know how it turns out.
Chinese Orange Chicken in the CrockPot
Update: Some people feel the orange juice concentrate is too strong of an orange taste. If you are looking for a more subtle orange taste, try regular old orange juice (pulp-free) instead of the concentrate.
- 1 – 2 pounds Chicken, cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 cup allergy-friendly Biscuit or Pancake Mix (flour will work too if it’s all you have)
- Palm Shortening
- 6 oz Frozen Pulp-Free Orange Juice Concentrate, thawed
- 4 Tbsp Sucanat or Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp Ketchup
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ginger
- 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- Toss the chicken with the pancake mix in a large bowl or baggie. Shake off excess flour.
- Heat the palm shortening in a large skillet and lightly brown the chicken on all sides. Don’t cook the chicken through, just seal in the juices.
- Toss the browned chicken in the crockpot.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and add more sugar if you wish.
- Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and cook on low 6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
- Serve over rice.
You may also enjoy Asian Chicken Marinade, Asian Chicken Salad, Asian Chicken Stir Fry, and Asian Chicken Noodle Soup.
Photo Credit: jeffreyw
This post is part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday