Light and incredibly delicious Crockpot Orange Chicken recipe. A healthier twist on traditional Orange Chicken and full of flavor. This single serving slow cooker chicken recipe is so easy to make and tastes so much better than takeout!
Single serving Crock pot and Crock pot style slow cooker recipes have been so popular lately with our One Dish Kitchen readers and I’m excited to share this simple Slow Cooker Orange Chicken For One recipe with you today.
This healthier orange chicken recipe features two boneless, skinless chicken thighs placed on a bed of sliced onions and topped with an incredible orange sauce made with orange preserves (I like to use the low sugar version), orange juice, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.
All of the ingredients are placed in a slow cooker and in a few hours you are able to enjoy a flavorful, hearty meal for one.
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Ingredients in Orange Chicken
The key to making Orange Chicken full of so much flavor is making sure you’ve got the right mix of ingredients in the sauce.
The sauce is made by whisking together:
- orange preserves
- soy sauce
- orange juice
- minced garlic
- a pinch of salt
- ground ginger
How To Make Orange Chicken
Place thinly sliced onions into the bowl of a slow cooker.
Top the onions with two boneless, skinless chicken thighs and pour the orange sauce over the top.
Cook the Orange Chicken on high for 3 hours or on low temperature for 6 hours.
You’ll notice that this version of Orange Chicken is a little different than the popular Panda Express Orange Chicken version. The chicken pieces are not breaded and I personally love it this way because the wonderful flavors from the sauce really come through. Cooking the chicken in the slow cooker makes the chicken incredibly tender and is lovely served over a bed of rice with the fragrant orange sauce poured over the top.
What Size Slow Cooker Is Best For Single Serving Recipes?
I use a 1.5-quart slow cooker for most of my single serving slow cooker recipes. It’s the perfect size for cooking for one or two people.
If you only have a large slow cooker, you can still make single serving slow cooker meals. To do this, place an oven safe bowl inside of the bowl of your large slow cooker. Place the ingredients into your oven safe bowl and cook as normal.
These pictures show how I’ve used my large slow cooker to cook a single serving of red beans and rice.
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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe For One
- 1/2 small onion , thinly sliced
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 7 ounces)
- 1/4 cup low sugar orange preserves
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- pinch ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds , optional
- Place the sliced onions in the bowl of a slow cooker.
- Place the chicken thighs on top of the onions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the orange preserves, orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Pour over the chicken.
- Cook on Low for 3 hours.
- Serve with your choice of rice and top with sesame seeds, if using.
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