This post was created in partnership with Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken–make a flavorful, restaurant-style orange chicken at home in your slow cooker. By using the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ you can make the chicken from start to finish in one pot.
Today I am going to share with you a recipe for slow cooker orange chicken but I’ll also be sharing with you about my experiences with my new multi-cooker, the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ (and there is a giveaway for one too). As you know I love getting new “toys” in my kitchen and this one has been so fun to play with! This appliance is so much for than just a slow cooker (although I do love a good slow cooker). It’s actually able to sear and sauté with its stovetop function. And it’s also a steamer and an oven for baking.
If this seems way to complicated for you don’t get overwhelmed. The Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ is made for people that don’t want to think about cooking. The cookbook that comes with it is so cool! It has 100 plus recipes that are simple one-pot recipes. A good chunk of the book is dedicated to Auto-iQ quick meals. What does that mean? Well the Auto-iQ function takes the guesswork out cooking. You just follow the recipe exactly and turn the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ on to the right setting and you’ll have dinner on your table within 30 minutes.
For example, I made the Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese recipe. I placed all the ingredients into the pot (except the cheese), stirred, covered the pot and selected Auto-iQ Quick Meals: Recipe 11. Then I pressed start. Once the timer indicated the food was ready all I did was stir in the cheese. It only took 30 minutes from start to finish!
I was not feeling great last week with a bit of a cold and fever. This recipe was so perfect because I literally only had to stand up for 5 minutes to make this meal and then 25 minutes later the food was ready. Then I could lay down and snuggle up with a blanket and a good Christmas Hallmark movie. My kids LOVED this meal and so did I. It felt so nice to have a hot meal ready with just a miniscule amount of work.
Before I got the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ and had such a good experience with the Auto-iQ function I didn’t really understand what the purpose was for a multi-cooker like this. Now I get it. I love the fact that I used it for a quick meal (instead of a slow cooker meal) but that I can also use it as a slow cooker too. It is so multi-faceted. I can’t wait to make the Asian Meatballs with Broccoli for dinner this week. I bought the few ingredients the recipe called for and am excited that this is another 5 minute prep recipe with only a 25 minute cooking time.
If you want to go above and beyond the quick meals, the cookbook also shows you how to make “layered bowls.” These are 2-step recipes that use the stovetop setting to sear proteins and build layers of flavor before cooking to perfection. For example, make a chicken gyro with quinoa in the pot or baked eggs with breakfast hash.
The cool thing about the slow cooker function on the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ is that the pot heats from the bottom and sides. Usually slow cookers only heat from the sides. The cookbook has a section for slow cooker recipes too…I’m excited to try out the Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings.
Here I am making the slow cooker orange chicken…
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Make a flavorful, restaurant-style orange chicken at home in your slow cooker. By using the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ you can make the chicken from start to finish in one pot.
- Zest from one large orange
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce (I used low sodium)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp diced green onions
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut each thigh into about 6 pieces
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- For garnish, diced green onions and sesame seeds
- In a bowl, whisk together the zest, orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, green onions and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- Blot the pieces of chicken with a thick paper towel. You’ll want to get as much moisture off of the chicken as possible.
- Combine flour, salt and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to thoroughly coat with flour mixture.
- Heat oil in the Ninja by using the stovetop setting on high. When oil is hot, brown the chicken about 2 minutes on each side. You may need to work in batches. Once you have finished browning the meat, turn the Ninja to the slow cooker function and set it to low for 2 hours.
- Whisk the orange juice mixture one last time and then pour it over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker.
- Once the chicken has cooked serve it over rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
I used my Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ for this recipe.