Easy to Make Crock Pot Orange Chicken
Thank you to Kristyn at "Lil' Lunas" recipe blog for sharing this Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe. Orange chicken is a very popular dish at Chinese restaurants, and this Orange Chicken recipe rivals some of the best restaurant versions. It has all the flavor of a restaurant dish, but it is healthier made from scratch because it uses simple, all natural ingredients and it is not deep-fried. This saves you on fat and calories. The steps of using egg, flour, milk and breadcrumbs to prepare the chicken gives it that nice breaded texture that deep fried food has; but minus the negatives of deep frying. The chicken in this Orange Chicken Recipe is just sautéed in the skillet in a little oil. Additionally, while slowly cooking, the flour from the breading step also makes the orange sauce in this crockpot chicken recipe nice and thick. You can use white flour, or you can even try whole-wheat flour for a little extra nutrition, fiber, and texture.
Crockpot recipes are great for busy people. Technically Crock-Pot® is a brand name for a slow cooker. In fact, it is the brand name of the original slow cooker. It started as a bean cooker in 1970 and then changed over time to be the very popular and versatile slow cooker that it is now. There are numerous types of slow cookers on the market now – from large family sized to tiny ones for when you are cooking for just one or two people or don't have a lot of kitchen space. Slow cookers use slow, low, moist heat to cook the food. However, they do the work of cooking while you are off busy doing other things.
This orange chicken crockpot recipe is quite nutritious too. It has a lot of high-quality protein, being mostly chicken. Animal protein, like chicken, is known as a high quality because it gives us all the amino acids that we need to make protein in our bodies such as for our muscles, organs and cells, including our immune cells. Chicken also has lots of B vitamins and the minerals zinc and iron. Like protein, zinc is needed for your immune system. Iron is need by your red blood cells to carry oxygen to the organs and tissues of our body. As a result, when we don't get enough iron we feel tired because our cells are having a hard time getting all the oxygen that they need. The B vitamins in chicken also help the body's cells produce the energy they need to do their job of keeping your body healthy and strong.
As Kristyn notes you can serve the chicken with rice or noodles as you prefer. Try her homemade fried rice or garlic sesame noodle recipe that she links to at the bottom of her recipe. Or if you are watching your intake of starches, fill your plate up with veggies and top with the orange chicken. This Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe was tested and confirmed as kid friendly by Kristyn at Lil' Lunas recipe blog. Try it tonight! Kristyn's blog also has information offering you a DIY & Crafts section where you can pick up some great ideas on making things for gifts and for fun.
Nutrition Facts for: Crock Pot Orange Chicken From Lil' Luna
Ingredients: Chicken, flour, panko, milk, egg, olive oil, kosher salt, frozen orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, ketchup.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 3 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 42, Total Fat 4.7g 7%, Saturated Fat 0.9g 4%, Cholesterol 41mg 14%, Sodium 1888mg 79%, Potassium 355mg 10%, Carbohydrates 25.8g 9%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 25.1g, Protein 2.6g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 100%, Calcium 3%, Iron 3%
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