Crockpot Orange Chicken


I had a reader comment the other day about how disappointed they were on my posts for sharing recipes that I didn’t love. Perhaps they didn’t read the comment above theirs, saying “I made these before and I thought they were great!”

I post recipes on my blog regardless of if they’re bad, okay, good, or spectacular. Why? Well, I initially started this blog to keep track of the recipes I loved and disliked. I test out a lot of recipes and it’s easy to forget if I’ve made a particular one before. If I post about it, I can recall my thoughts and process of making the dish.


I still have my blog for the same reason. I like to know what I’ve made and which recipes are worth repeating.

Not only that, but everyone has their own standards and palette in the kitchen. Some people may love a dish that others hate. For example, I can care less about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but others live for it. To me, every recipe with peanut butter and chocolate will always rate just a tad lower than ones with cinnamon sugar. Does that make any sense?


Sometimes, readers can tweak a recipe posted to make it just how they like. The recipe posted is merely a guideline for the readers’ creativity in the kitchen.


So, forgive me if you think that all the recipes posted should be nothing short of fantastic. You should probably look away now since this post will really ruffle your feathers. It’s another one that I didn’t care much for. The “orange” taste was a little off and the cooking time was too long.


That’s not saying the recipe is a complete dud. With an adjustment of cooking time for my large crockpot and finding a different substitute for the orange concentrate, there is potential.


Recipe from The Pursuit of Happiness.

Crockpot Orange Chicken


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T ketchup
  • 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)
  • 4 T brown sugar


  1. In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup. Set aside.
  2. Pour the flour in a small bowl. Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess. Over medium heat, warm up the olive oil in a skillet. Brown the flour covered chicken.
  3. Place the chicken into the crockpot and pour sauce mixture on top. Stir to coat evenly.
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.