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Slow Cooker Honey and Orange Chicken by Daphne Oz

Total Time
4 hr 25 min
25 min
4 hr
If you can’t find fresno chili peppers, substitute 2 serranos in their place, or swap in ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Though we serve this recipe over brown rice to sop up the sauce, it would be equally delicious over your favourite grain or cauliflower rice.


Uncooked boneless skinless chicken thigh

¾ pound(s), cut into 1-inch pieces

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

¾ pound(s), cut into 1-inch pieces

Tapioca flour

3 tbsp(s), or rice flour, divided

Kosher salt

2 pinch(es)

Black pepper

2 pinch(es), freshly ground

Extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp(s)

Bell pepper

1 item(s), medium, green or red, diced

Store-bought chicken stock

½ cup(s), or homemade stock

Unseasoned rice vinegar

¼ cup(s), unseasoned

Low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp(s), or tamari

Orange zest

1 tbsp(s), from a navel orange

Fresh orange juice

¼ cup(s), from a navel orange


2 large clove(s), minced

Uncooked scallions

2 medium, minced

Ginger root

1 piece(s), (1-inch) grated


3 tbsp(s)

Fresno chile

2 medium, minced

Cooked medium grain brown rice

2 cup(s)

Unsalted toasted sesame seeds

1 tbsp(s)


2 tbsp(s), chopped


  1. In a large ziptop bag, combine chicken thighs, chicken breast, and 2 tbsp flour; season with salt and pepper. Seal bag; toss to coat.
  2. Preheat oil in a large saute pan or nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from bag; sear on both sides until light golden, about 2 to 3 minutes per side (chicken will not be cooked through).
  3. Remove chicken to a bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker; add bell pepper.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together stock, remaining 1 tbsp flour, rice vinegar, tamari, orange zest and juice, garlic, scallions, ginger, honey, and chili peppers; pour over chicken. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through and tender, and sauce has slightly thickened, 2 hours on High or 4 hours on Low.
  5. Serve chicken over rice; garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.
  6. Serving size: about 1 heaping cup chicken mixture plus ½ cup rice