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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken – $5 Dinner Challenge


This is me…being lazy.

I’ve been wanting to make some orange chicken for a while…recently had a conversation with a friend about it…and couldn’t put it off any longer. She shared a recipe with me and we decided that it would work with frozen vegetables too.

And the result was lovely fake-out take-out meal.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Inspired by Orange Chicken in a Crock Pot

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs) ($2.82)
  • 8 oz. OJ concentrate ($1.34)
  • 1 12 oz. package stir-fry vegetable mix ($.80)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar ($.05)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger ($.10)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder ($.05)
  • 1-2 teaspoons corn starch ($.05)
  • Noodles or brown rice ($.40 – $.50)
  • Crushed red pepper, optional


  • Cut up the chicken into bite size pieces.
  • In the base of the slow cooker, whisk together the OJ concentrate and the brown sugar, ginger, and garlic powder. Stir in the chicken pieces and vegetables into the sauce.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Just before serving, whisk in the cornstarch into the sauce. Let sit for 10 minutes with the slow cooker on warm.
  • Prepare noodles and brown rice.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Orange Chicken over the rice or noodles with crushed red pepper.

Cost $5.61