Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

This is such a simple recipe. There are only 4 ingredients (chicken, orange jam, barbecue sauce and soy sauce), and it cooks to perfection in the slow cooker. Serve over some cooked rice and dinner is done. If you’re feeling fancy, steam up some broccoli or slice up some garden fresh cucumbers to go along with this homecooked take on a Chinese takeout favorite.

You can make this with either chicken breast or chicken thighs. I prefer to use the boneless skinless kind. If you’re in a bit of a hurry, chop up the chicken and pan fry it until it is almost done, then transfer to the slowcooker along with the jam and sauces and proceed from there.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 6 thighs
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¾ cup orange jam
  • 1 - 2 tbsp soy sauce (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken in the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 - 5 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken and slice it. Return to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Serve over cooked rice.

 

 

A Bowl of Orange Chicken served over hot rice.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

I love waking up to the smell of breakfast cooking. Sadly, I’m the morning person around here so that doesn’t happen very often… unless I whip up this easy breakfast dish the night before and stick it in the crockpot before going to bed. By the time I’m up and had my first cup of coffee, a delicious hot breakfast that sticks to my bones is waiting for me.

This overnight slow cooker breakfast recipe is perfect for Sunday mornings, especially if you have a large family or overnight guests. .You can switch things up by using sausage instead of eggs or some chopped bell peppers to make it meat-free.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 bag (32 oz) bag frozen hash browns
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1½ cup shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking your bacon. I cook it in the oven the night before. Chop up the bacon once it's cooled a bit.
  2. Chop your onion and set aside.
  3. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat them. Add the salt and pepper.
  4. Pour about ⅓ of the hash browns into your slow cooker. Top with a layer of ⅓ of the bacon, onion and cheese. Repeat two more times, ending with the onion. Save the cheese for now.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the layers, then top with the last ½ cup of cheese. Cook on low for 10 to 12 hours (overnight) and enjoy for breakfast.

 

Slowcooker Breakfast Casserole with Eggs Bacon and Potatoes

Curried Pork Stew From The Slowcooker

I love playing with spices and different types of cuisines. Curries are something we’re fairly new to and I wanted to try something simple, but delicious that my family would love. This curried pork stew fit the bill perfectly.

The recipe is from Tracy Robert’s new cookbook “Simple Crockpot Dishes For Busy Moms“. It’s a great book with lots of tips and yummy recipes.

I loved the fact that I can cook it in the slowcooker, which is important on those busy days when I’m not sure if I’ll have time to cook a healthy dinner.

The apple gives it just the right amount of sweetness that pairs so well with the pork. And of course it has plenty of curry powder. Make sure you get a curry powder with flavors that your family will like. We prefer certain brands over others, or you can of course make your own blend.

The best part about using curry is that it has plenty of turmeric powder in it. This is a very healthy spice that’s been shown to reduce inflammation. All in all a very healthy dish. Just add some veggies or a salad along with some rice and you have a filling meal for the whole family.

Crockpot Curried Pork Stew
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs pork stew meat cut in cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 TBSP curry powder
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Approx. 2 TBSP oil for browning
Instructions
  1. On stovetop in heavy skillet, heat oil on medium high.
  2. Brown pork and transfer to crockpot.
  3. In small bowl, mix water and curry powder.
  4. Once pork is removed from skillet, pour curry mix into that skillet and whisk to loosen brown bits from bottom and sides of pan for flavor. Stir mixture well.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork in crockpot.
  6. Add apple and onion to meat.
  7. Pour curry mixture from skillet over all of the ingredients.
  8. Cover, cooking on low temperature setting for 7 to 9 hours until pork is tender.

Serve over hot cooked rice.

Curried Pork Stew From The SlowcookerVariations:

  • add some sliced carrots to the crockpot when you add the meat.
  • Throw in a handful of dry lentils to cook along with the meat. Increase the water slightly.
  • Add leftover cooked veggies during the last 10 – 15 minutes of cooking.
  • Serve with some Kimchi on top of the stew

Should you have leftovers, this is just as good warmed up the next day.

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Slowcooker Chicken Broth

Yesterday I shared a great recipe for roasting a chicken in the crockpot. Today, I want to tell you know to take the leftovers from that meal and make a wonderful chicken broth that you can then use as the base for soups and stews or just sip throughout the day.

This is a great way to make that one chicken go even further. Make the stock instead of buying chicken broth in a can or box. Take some of the stock along with a little of the meat from the chicken and whatever leftovers veggies you have in the fridge. Add a little rice and you have a delicious meal that’s also good for you. Best of all, it cost you almost nothing. Frugal cooking at it’s best.

Slowcooker Chicken Broth
 
Ingredients
  • 1 chicken carcass
  • water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • onion (optional)
  • carrots (optional)
  • celery (optional)
  • herbs and spices (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken carcass to your slow cooker.
  2. Fill the slow cooker to within an inch with water.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add veggies, herbs and spices as desired.
  6. Cook on low for 12 to 24 hours. The longer your stock simmers, the better it gets.
  7. Strain through a colander and store the finished stock in the fridge for up to a week (or freeze for up to 6 months).

 

Making Chicken Stock in the Crockpot

 

Slowcooker Roasted Chicken

I love a nice roasted chicken. Not only does it make for a great Sunday dinner, but you can also pull some of the meat of the bones and add it to other meals throughout the week. And let’s not forget about the bones. They are a great base for making your own chicken stock to use as the base for soups and stews.

The only problem with roasting chicken is that it takes some time if you’re cooking it in the oven. I often found it easier to just grab a hot and ready roasted chicken at the grocery store.

That is until I figured out how easy it is to cook a chicken in the crockpot. It takes only a few minutes to prep and then practically cooks itself. I can start it in the morning and have it ready by dinner. It’s less than half the price of a cooked chicken from the store and I know exactly what’s in it and what it’s seasoned with.

Give the recipe below a try. Feel free to experiment with the seasonings. Add some celery to the bottom of your slow cooker and mix and match your favorite spices and herbs. Add some garlic or onion powder, some thyme or rosemary to come up with different flavors.

Slowcooker Roasted Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Take out your chicken and remove any giblets. Rinse the chicken thoroughly and pat it dry.
  2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika.
  3. Thickly slice your onion and add it to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  4. Lay the chicken on top of the onion.
  5. Cook on High for 4 to 5 hours or until the chicken is done. I cook mine until the meat starts to fall of the bone.

 

Golden-roasted chicken, with a bowl of Greek salad.

Save the bones from that chicken and tomorrow I’ll show you how to make a fabulous chicken stock from them in the slowcooker.

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken

This recipe recipe is always a crowd-pleaser and very kid-friendly as well. I serve it with the delicious sauce over rice or noodles. Just add a side salad or steam up some broccoli and dinner is done.

This is a recipe from my new Kindle cookbook – 35 Simple and Tasty Chicken Crockpot Recipes

Instead of using store-bought condensed soup, use this recipe to make your own. Add 1/2 cup of grated cheese to turn it into cheese soup and a little chicken bullion powder to taste for the cream of chicken soup.

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 10.5oz Can Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 2 10.5oz. Cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ¼ Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in the crock pot. Mix the undiluted soups together, add garlic powder, salt and pepper and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, until chicken is tender.

 

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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Do you like the idea of cooking dried beans from scratch, but don’t think you have time to stir the pots for hours and hours?

I have a great solution for you. Cook your beans in your slowcooker.

Yes, it takes a little planning ahead, but you’ll come home to a nice big pot of cooked beans. I serve this with my favorite cornbread and some chopped onion.

From the “Thrifty Bean Cookbook” (Kindle Cookbook)

Pinto Beans From the Slowcooker
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ lb. ham hocks
  • ½ tsp. oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • House Seasoning:
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup salt
  • ¼ cup pepper
Instructions
  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Drain and dump into a slow cooker. Add the oregano and chili powder and stir to mix.
  2. In a separate pot, soak the ham hock for 2 hours. (You can also soak, refrigerated, overnight if you wish). Add to the slow cooker and add the liquid from soaking the ham. If the ham hock is not fully covered, add more water. Now add the onion and stir well.
  3. Now make the house dressing by mixing together the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Use this seasoning to season the beans.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 5 hours or until beans are very tender.

 

Pinto Beans cooked in a slowcooker and served with a side of cornbread.

Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal

This is a traditional good luck meal that is served on St. Patrick’s Day. This version of an old favorite makes quick work of a delicious meal. If you want to make it for a larger group just double your ingredients and use a 5 or 6 qt. slow cooker.

This is perfect for a busy St. Patrick’s Day. Put everything in your crockpot in the morning before you head out for parades and festivals. By the time you’re back home, the meal will be ready to eat and the house will smell wonderful. I love this one pot meal and leftovers are great reheated the next day.

Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal
 
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 carrots, diced into chunks
  • 2 white potatoes, quartered
  • 1 (1 lb.) corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • ⅓ C apple juice, unsweetened
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • ½ t orange peel, grated
  • ½ t mustard
  • 1 cabbage, wedged
Instructions
  1. Place the onion into the bottom of a 3 qt. size slow cooker.
  2. Place the carrots and then the potatoes over the onion.
  3. Lay the brisket over the top of the vegetables.
  4. Pour the apple juice into a separate bowl.
  5. Add the cloves, brown sugar, orange peel, mustard and spice packet.
  6. Whisk until the ingredients are completely combined.
  7. Pour the mixture over the brisket in the slow cooker.
  8. Cover and cook on high 4 hours.
  9. Add the cabbage wedges to the slow cooker.
  10. Recover and continue cooking 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  11. Remove the cloves before serving.

 

Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Down here we traditionally eat ham, collard greens and back-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. This year I’m going to make my collard greens in the slow cooker and thought I’d share the recipe with you. Just get them started around lunch time and by dinner they will be delicious and tender. Flavor and texture is the main reason I started cooking my greens in the slow cooker. Because of the large volume of the raw greens, I saute them in my largest pot first to give them a chance to shrink down a bit before adding them to the crockpot.

Crockpot Collards
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • leftover ham / ham bone
  • 5 lb collard greens
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by prepping your collard greens. Pull the leaves from the stems. Discard the stems. I like to add them along with any other raw veggie pieces to a freezer bag and use them down the road to make broth. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Wash and dry the collard greens.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion has softened. I find it helps to add a dash of salt to the onion mixture.
  4. Increase the heat and add the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to the boil, then start adding your greens. Add as many as will comfortably fit, allow them to wilt down, then add more.
  5. Add the ham bone or leftover ham pieces to the bottom of the slowcooker. Pour the collard mixture on top. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

 

Collard greens

 

Crockpot Ham and Potato Casserole

I love this dish because it’s so simple and very tasty. If you’re not a big fan of mushrooms, use any “Cream of…” type soup. One year I made this with some cream of broccoli soup and added a little chopped up broccoli to the mix as well and it turned out really good. This is also a very kid-friendly meal and perfect for a busy weeknight after the holidays.

If you have a lot of ham leftover, consider slicing it and freezing it. When you’re ready to make this casserole just take them out and add them to the crockpot. No need to defrost them… the long cooking time will take care of that for you.

Ham and Potato Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 thick slices of holiday ham
  • 8 potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice your potatoes.
  2. Peel and slice the onion.
  3. Lay 2 slices of ham in the bottom of your crockpot. Top with ⅓ of the sliced potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with ½ cup of cheese.
  4. Repeat this layering two more times.
  5. Pour the soup over everything.
  6. Cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours and serve.

 

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Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe

We love meatloaf around here. I use my mother-in-law’s recipe but modified it to work in the crockpot for those days when we’re busy running around. It’s comfort food and there’s always plenty left over for sandwiches the next day. I also like to crumble up leftover meatloaf and use it in spaghetti sauce. Here’s my slow cooker recipe for good old fashioned meatloaf.

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Meatloaf in the Slowcooker
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of lean hamburger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Sleeve of Saltine Crackers
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Start by crumbling up your crackers. I keep the sleeve closed and just gently crush them until I'm ready to use them.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat them with a fork.
  3. Add the meat, chopped onion, crushed crackers and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix it all together with your hands and put it in the crockpot. I pat it down a bit so it molds itself to the shape of the crockpot. Pour enough ketchup on top to cover your meatloaf. Cook on low for 8 -9 hours.

 

You cut up a few potatoes (either in slices or wedges) and put them along the edge of the meat mixture to let them cook along with the meatloaf. Or just serve some mashed potatoes or homemade biscuits with it. Add a salad or veggie and dinner is done.

 

Crockpot Chicken Corn Chowder

I’ll admit it… I love a nice bowl of homemade chowder. There’s just something about the richness and creaminess that’s hard to beat. The problem for me up until now has been that it takes some time to make and that I always feel guilty about all those calories. Well… consider the problem solved with this slow cooker version of Chicken Corn Chowder. It’s easy to make and good for you. Make up a batch, grab a big bowl of it and dig in.

Chicken Corn Chowder From The Slow Cooker
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ⅛ tsp. white pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans creamed corn
  • ¼ cup dried potato flakes
Instructions
  1. Pour everything except the potato flakes in your crockpot. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Check your potatoes and make sure they are tender. The chicken should also be cooked all the way through.
  2. Turn your crockpot to high and add the potato flakes. Stir them in well (you don’t want clumps) and cook uncovered for a few minutes. Serve with a chunk of hardy bread or a side salad.

Need more Chowder? Give this plain Corn Chowder recipe a try.

Crockpot Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

Earlier this week I shared a recipe for a loaded backed potato soup that cooks in the slow cooker that’s been a big hit this fall. Today I have another potato soup for you, but this one includes some sweet potatoes and apples. The combination makes for a great soup that fills you up and is packed with nutrients. Give it a try. I serve this with some toasted ham sandwiches for dinner. The soup would also make a nice light lunch, or a great first course if you’re entertaining this fall.

I hope you and your family will enjoy this tasty soup as much as we have. The key to ending up with a nice smooth soup is to blend it well once it’s done cooking. You can do this in batches in your blender, or use an immersion blender (my favorite way to do it) right in the crockpot.

Crockpot Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 white potatoes
  • 3 Sweet potatoes
  • 2 apples, cut into 1 inch pieces with the skin left on
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground clove (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Start by preparing your veggies and fruit. Scrub the potatoes really well and cut them into one inch chunks.
  2. Peel the onion and give it a rough chop.
  3. Core the apples and cut them into one inch pieces as well. I leave the peel on since it will blend into the soup and adds extra nutrition.
  4. Chop or crush your garlic.
  5. Add the veggies and fruit along with the salt and spices to your crockpot. Pour the chicken broth over everything.
  6. Cook the soup on high for 5 hours.
  7. Puree the hot soup either in batches in your blender or use a hand immersion blender right into your crockpot.
  8. Stir in the butter and serve.

 

Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

Who doesn’t love a nice baked potato with some sour cream, cheese and bacon? How about taking all those wonderful flavors and turning them into a quick and easy crockpot soup. I think peeling the potatoes was the hardest and most time consuming part of making this soup. Next time I’ll put my husband to work on that. Overall, a yummy soup that was enjoyed by all and will have a regular spot on the fall and wintertime menus.

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Baked Potato Soup From The Slow Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Extra Shredded Cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut your potatoes into small chunks. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Put your chopped veggies, chicken broth, butter, salt and pepper into the crockpot. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours .
  3. Mash mixture with a potato masher until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soupy is slightly thickened. Stir in cream, cheese and chives.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with sour cream, bacon and a little extra cheese.
  5. If I'm planning on making this soup, I'll go ahead and cook some extra bacon at breakfast time. You can crumble it up after it cools and store it in the fridge for a day or two.

 

Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

I love this dish for a couple of reasons. It’s very easy to make. Just grab a few ingredients from your pantry and freezer, toss them in the crockpot in the morning and by dinner time you have a delicious and healthy meal ready to go. Just boil some pasta or rice and dinner is ready. No time for that? Pick up a loaf of french bread on the way home and serve it with your chicken and beans.

Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
 
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, frozen
  • 1 Tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 Fresh Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Can Small White Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes, undrained
Instructions
  1. Place frozen chicken in crockpot. Sprinkle with basil. Layer red bell peppers, beans, and tomatoes over the chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  2. Serve over cooked pasta.

I love this over cooked pasta, but you can also serve it over rice. Turn leftovers into yummy soup by heating them back up with some chicken stock.

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