Make your favorite chicken and rice dinner at home in the crockpot! This delicious Crockpot Orange Chicken and Rice recipe is served as a stir-fry with zucchini and peppers.
Is orange chicken Chinese food?
Many Chinese restaurants in North America serve a dish they call, “Orange Chicken.” While this dish has become very popular in the western world, it’s not common to eat orange chicken in China. The Americanized orange chicken is battered and breaded bite-sized chicken, with a sweet caramelized orange flavored sauce.
My kids love the orange chicken they’ve tried at various Chinese restaurants, so we attempted to make our own at home! As long as we had the breaded chicken and orange sauce, we could get creative from there for the perfect veggies to add to it.
How to make orange chicken in the crockpot
The tricky part about doing orange chicken in the slow cooker is getting that crispy texture. So instead, we lightly cooked the chicken first, to get the outside of the chicken crispy. We did this by tossing the chicken with a bit of corn starch. Then, we pan fried the chicken in a little oil to lock in the moisture. Finally, we finished the cooking process in the slow cooker. This allows the sauce to develop and thicken, and still gives the chicken flavor from the orange sauce.
What’s in the sauce for Orange Chicken?
Most people don’t know what’s in the traditional orange sauce you get…