I love orange chicken, and wanted to come up with a recipe to make at home. Remembering that earlier experience, I decided to experiment one day when hubby was out of town; if it bombed, he wouldn't be affected!
Since this is made in the crockpot, it isn't the crispy crunchy chicken that you'll get from the Chinese restaurant, but I still think it's very good. I love using my crockpot; I can let it cook all day while I am doing other things, or even when I'm not home.
This recipe is sized for two servings, so double it (and maybe add extra veggies) if you are feeding more people.
Crockpot Orange Chicken
1 large carrot, sliced in matchstick pieces
1/2 red or green pepper, sliced
1/4 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut in pieces
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)
Slice carrots, peppers, onions and garlic.
Put sliced vegetables in crockpot; place chicken on top.
Add ginger, salt, pepper.
Pour orange juice concentrate over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Serve with hot rice.
After tasting it, I added 1 Tbsp of brown sugar. I should have bought Minute Maid orange juice! The general brand I bought was a bit on the bitter side, but that's just my opinion. It's personal preference; I love Minute Maid. I'd say the brown sugar is optional - taste it first.
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