Slow Cooker Sesame Orange Chicken

March 15, 2012

in Crockpot Convenience, Recipes


Sesame Orange Chicken -

This recipe was a great success! A really good flavor in the chicken, and the sauce is amazing! Sweet BBQ sauce paired with an orange essence. The sauce is so easy to make, and would go with so many other meats besides chicken.

You could also easily make this in a saucepan on the stove and skip the slow cooking. If you choose the slow cooking method, just be mindful of the timing. I’ve found all slow cookers cook a bit differently, so you’ll have to play around with the cooking time. I’ve found that chicken breast can go dry in the slow cooker fairly quickly, so if you make sure its not overcooked, you should be good! The stove top method is a great alternative too, and takes less than 20 minutes.

Stove-top Method: Just put the sauce ingredients in a pot (from BBQ sauce to red pepper flakes), add the raw chicken and cook until the chicken is no longer pink (probably about 8-9 min per side). Remove chicken, then add 2 Tbsp of cornstarch to 1/4 cup of water and pour that in to thicken the sauce if needed.

Slow Cooker Sesame Orange Chicken

4 x 4 oz chicken breasts
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup BBQ sauce (I use Organicville or Amazing Dad’s )
1/3 cup lower sugar orange marmalade
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce (for gluten-free use tamari or Braggs)
1 tsp fresh grated ginger (or 2 tsp dried ginger)
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Sesame seeds (garnish)

Put cornstarch on a plate. Coat raw chicken with cornstarch on both sides.  Place all the sauce ingredients (from BBQ sauce to red pepper flakes) in the slow cooker base and mix with a whisk or fork until blended.  Place chicken on top and flip a couple of times to coat the chicken in the sauce.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours until chicken is no longer pink.  Serve with additional sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

 Nutrition (per 1 chicken breast & 1/4 of sauce)  Calories: 228   Fat: 1.4 g   Carbs: 24 g   Fiber: 0.2 g   Sugars: 13 g   Sodium: 506 mg   Protein: 27 g

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  • Kate

    This sounds good, but I’m wondering if there is any way to cut down the sodium a bit? Probably not, with the soy sauce in it … Also, what did you serve it with? Rice? Just curious 🙂

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yah, its the soy sauce. You could just eat the chicken without much of the sauce…which would still taste good I’m sure, and cut down on the sodium you take in. Yes, you could serve it with rice. I’ve had it just with broccoli and no extra carbs, and we like that too.

  • Ingriddeal

    Sounds great.  I can’t wait to try it!  But I am just curious, why do you coat the chicken with cornstarch?  I’ve never heard of doing this.  

    • Kristine Fretwell

      I coat with the cornstarch because with slow cooking it produces a lot of extra liquid. The cornstarch helps to turn it into a thicker sauce.

  • Dairyfreebetty

    mmmm this sounds sooooooo good!!  Pinning it! 

  • Jentry Nielsen

    Wow this sounds so delicious! And low calorie with high protein! I love slow cooker meals, so nice to put it together in the morning and come home from work with dinner already done! 🙂 
    Can’t wait to try this one out! 

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Nice! Let me know how you like it!! 🙂

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