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Easy Crockpot Orange Chicken For One

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!

Bowl of orange chicken topped with sesame seeds over white rice

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 recipe with you today.

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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken For One

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, 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.

Overhead view of a bowl of orange chicken with sauce over white rice

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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
  • pepper
  • ground ginger

How To Make Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

  1. Place thinly sliced onions into the bowl of a Crockpot or slow cooker.
  2. Top the onions with two boneless, skinless chicken thighs and pour the orange sauce over the top.
  3. Cook the 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.

Raw chicken in an orange sauce in the base of a slow cooker

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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 slow cooker meals for one.

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.

Steps showing how to cook single serving of red beans and rice in a slow cooker

Other Single Serving Crock Pot Chicken Recipes

If you like this slow cooker orange chicken, you might also like to try these single serving slow cooker chicken recipes:

What To Serve With Orange Chicken

You might like to serve any one of these single serving side dish recipes with your orange chicken:

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Crockpot Orange Chicken For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keywords: chicken recipes, orange chicken, slow cooker
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • ½ small onion , thinly sliced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 7 ounces)
  • ¼ cup low sugar orange preserves
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • pinch ground ginger
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds , optional


  • Place the sliced onions in the bowl of a small 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 6 hours (or cook for 3 hours on high).
  • Serve with your choice of rice and top with sesame seeds, if using.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 711mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 20.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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18 thoughts on “Easy Crockpot Orange Chicken For One”

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this and it was delicious! I didn’t have orange preserves so I added the zest of my orange and 2 tablespoons of honey. So good!! Next time I’ll add some red pepper flakes for a little kick but this was fantastic! Thank you!!

  2. Hi, I am allergic to anything with soy sauce sauce, which makes eating Chinese food difficult.that is why I like orange chicken when I eat out, but your recipe uses it, why did you add it in?

    1. Hi Florence, feel free to leave the soy sauce out of the recipe if you’d like. It will still be delicious. I add soy sauce because it is an ingredient I’ve always added to my large batch version.


    1. I think the lemons would be too tart. The sweetness comes from the oranges and orange juice. Maybe a combination of both lemons and oranges would be nice.

  4. I love orange chicken,but I like a lot of sauce for my rice,could I double the orange juice.If so do I have to change anything else in the recipe

    1. Hi Lynda,

      Yes, you can double the ingredients for the sauce and it’ll be wonderful. No need to change anything else.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

    1. Hi Mary,
      Yes, you can use a boneless chicken breast and this recipe can be doubled. I’ve doubled this recipe many times and the cooking time stays the same. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this lightened up and healthier version of Orange Chicken and the fact that it can be made in the crockpot? Perfecto!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this! Orange chicken is one of my favorites, and I know a ton of people that would love the fact that it is single serving!

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