Swap Ready

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken


Lisa @ Onceamonthmeals.com


  • 2 pounds of chicken thighs
  • 0.5 Tablespoons sea salt
  • 6 ounces orange juice concentrate
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup


In a large bowl combine sea salt, orange juice concentrate, honey, applesauce, balsamic vinegar, and ketchup. Place chicken thighs in bottom of slow cooker. Pour sauce over chicken. Cook on low 6 hours.

Freezing Directions:

Place chicken thighs in gallon freezer storage bags. In a large bowl combine sea salt, orange juice concentrate, honey, applesauce, balsamic vinegar, and ketchup. Pour sauce mixture over the chicken thighs. Label and freeze. TO SERVE: Thaw. Cook on low in slow cooker for 6 hours.

Servings:  4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

17 Responses to “Slow Cooker Orange Chicken”

  1. Anna Lucia says:

    How long does it take to thaw

  2. Terri says:

    How many calories is the orange chicken?

    • Lisa says:

      Terri – only our diet recipes contain nutritional information on the recipes. However, this is the tool we use to calculate.

  3. That looks delicious! I bet the tomatoey ketchup and orange juice make a great glaze. I make these Asian Chicken Thighs from Taste of Home that have some of the same flavors – wonder if they could be done in the slow cooker? http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/asian-chicken-thighs

    • Lisa says:

      I think the above recipe would be easily adaptable to a slow cooker! Just put the chicken thighs in the bottom and the sauce over the top!

  4. Heather says:

    I would like to try it out with chicken legs and chicken bone in chicken breast!!

  5. Karen says:

    This is a good sauce with chicken, but we really enjoyed this with beef!

  6. Aaron says:

    6 hours prep AFTER freezing? I need things that take < 5 minutes to prep after they are frozen. What is the point of all this?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Aaron! I totally understand- sometimes you just need something quick and easy. The beauty of this meal is it goes in the slow cooker so you can throw it in the crockpot in the morning and the work is done for you. If that doesn’t work for you, you could always cook it in the slow cooker first and then freeze it fully cooked. Then you could just reheat. Hope that helps!

  7. Anne says:

    We loved this! I followed the recipe exactly. I will definitely make it again! It was so easy!

  8. Mrs C Webb says:

    I’m allergic to oranges. What could I substitute?

  9. Debbie says:

    Is this skin on thighs or skinless? Does it matter?

Leave a Reply

After hitting submit your comment will await moderation.