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Slow cooker orange chicken is an easy dinner recipe made with chicken thighs and marmalade.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Making a slow cooker orange chicken recipe has been on my “recipes to make” list for about forever. But they all look so complicated and I wanted an easy recipe.

I didn't want to have to bread, thicken, or chop. And with this recipe, you don't do any of that and it still tastes like orange chicken. Plus it's gluten free!

Orange Chicken Recipe

The only fussy part of this recipe is removing the skin from the bone in chicken thighs. It's  necessary because otherwise there's just too much grease.

I added carrots to the dish but they aren't entirely necessary. I just figure that as long as I'm cooking  in the slow cooker, I might as well add some veggies. Sweet potatoes would work nicely, too.

CrockPot Orange Chicken Sauce

The orange sauce is about as simple as it gets – orange marmalade and chicken broth. I use homemade chicken broth, but store bought works fine, too.

I had to dig around the marmalade brands at the store to find one without any junk ingredients. I was pleased to find that Smucker's Natural Marmalade Fruit Spread only has 6 ingredients and I'd expect to find them all in a jam.

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

This recipe could not get any easier. Put the carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker and the chicken thighs on top of those. Dump the sauce on top of the chicken and cook on low.  This would be super easy to double the recipe for a large crowd.

I used a 4 quart slow cooker but the recipe could easily go in a smaller 3 quart slow cooker.

Easy Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

When the chicken is done, it will fall right off the bone. I shredded it up and served with rice, broccoli and the carrots.

The chicken has a delicious orange flavor on its own, but I mixed in a little more marmalade to the juices in the slow cooker and spooned it on top.


Easy Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Thighs Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Thighs Recipe

Serves 4-6     adjust servings

Cook Time 6 hr
Total Time 6 hours


  • 6 chicken thighs, skin off
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Baby carrots


  1. Scatter baby carrots on the bottom of the crock of a 4 quart slow cooker . Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Arrange chicken thighs on top of carrots, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix orange marmalade and chicken broth together in separate bowl, then pour over the chicken.
  4. Set slow cooker to LOW and cook covered for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Spoon sauce over top of chicken when serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 702kcal Calories from fat 337
% Daily Value
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 220mg 73%
Sodium 776mg 32%
Carbohydrate 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 48g
Protein 38g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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One comment on “Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Thighs Recipe

  1. Came home to a crock pot of this this evening and was disappointed. Looked nothing at all like the picture(was really dark and watery) and had very little orange flavor.