I originally heard about a recipe like this in Bon Appetit magazine. The idea was simple.. take 2 basic ingredients plus chicken.. and voila! Instant saucy chicken.
The original recipe called for 1 part lemon juice and 1 part soy sauce over bone in chicken breasts, which are baked in the oven after marinating overnight.
Easy right? What is not to like?
For one, my kids don't really like lemon chicken (while on the other hand orange chicken is a HUGE hit) and secondly I hate heating up my oven in the summer. I also don't usually use bone-in chicken and I am never organized enough to marinate anything overnight.
So I decided to mix it up a bit. Here is my modified version with a whopping FOUR ingredients:
Slow Cooked Orange Soy Chicken
1-2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
(I used frozen.. I didn't thaw them)
1/2 cup orange juice
(or I used 1/4 cup concentrate plus 1/4 cup water)
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
(I would recommend the low-sodium type since it is going to cook down)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 garlic cloves (minced)
Put all ingredients into slow cooker and cook on low 5-6 hours (making sure to flip them over a few times during cooking so both sides get submerged during cooking)
I removed the chicken from the slow cooker and sliced it to make it more visually appealing (the outside of the chicken will be dark from the soy sauce but it won't be cripsy since it has basically been poached.) You can serve the chicken alone:
Or depending on who much flavor you have imparted to the meat, you can also use the leftover marinade and juices as a gravy.
If you want to thicken it with a little with some cornstarch you can do that too. A little goes a long way since you have cooked down the sugars and the salts from the soy sauce so it is pretty concentrated:
My kind of recipe! Hardly any work, you don't have to remember to thaw your chicken and no need to turn on the oven!
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