Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
Chinese food has always been a family favorite. It’s been that way since I was a little kid. But once I started focusing on eating clean and fueling my body properly and feeding my family clean and delicious food, Chinese food was off the weekly menu.
But now, I have discovered this amazing recipe from SkinnyMs.com that is clean, delicious and a family favorite and I had to share. My kids ask for it every week and I am happy to make it because I know it’s good for them and they will eat it up. Additionally, anything that can be done in a crockpot makes my life just a bit easier. After school is a crazy time for us as my kids are at sports and work and it’s go go go until dinner time. So I make this while kids are school and I don’t have to think about dinner again until we walk in the door at the end of a long day!
Check it out and let me know what you think! I double this recipe, but here’s the basic one.
Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces 1 cup orange juice, pulp free Zest from one orange 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or lite soy sauce) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon corn starch or arrowroot or coconut flour 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
Directions: Put the chopped chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Slowly pour the orange juice over the chicken and then add the orange zest, coconut aminos, and garlic. Stir this mixture.
Cook on low for 6 hours (high for 3). With 15 minutes remaining, remove the chicken and whisk in the 1 tablespoon of flour to thicken the sauce. Feel free to add more or less depending on your desired consistency.
Add chicken back to slow cooker, stir and coat chicken with sauce and allow it to cook for another 15 minutes.
Serve with rice or quinoa and sprinkle with sesame seeds and/or red chili flakes for a little extra spice. Enjoy!!