Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Brooke Burks
by Brooke Burks
10 servings
8 hr 10 min

is a delicious way to prepare a whole chicken in the crock pot. We use butter, rosemary, oranges and orange marmalade to concoct a delicious weeknight protein.

whole slow cooked chicken on a blue and white platter
Skinny Slow Cooked Orange Chicken


Slow Cooker Orange Chicken sounds like a decadent, heavy meal. Making it The Buttered Home way shows you some easy tricks to get the same result but with far less impact on the waist line. You guessed it! Simple substitutions to follow!


How to Make It


Like our other slow cooker recipes, BROCCOLI BEEF and MISSISSIPPI ROAST, just to name a couple, the secret is in the prep. No real method to speak of except in how you prepare what is going in the crock pot. But boy, does that prep make a BIG difference!

~ Ingredients ~
  • 1, 3 to 4 pound whole chicken
  • 2 large oranges, divided
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 Sprigs plus 2T chopped Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup sugar free orange Marmalade
  • 1 whole head garlic
~ Method ~
slow cooker orange chicken ingredients

Mix butter, chopped rosemary, salt, pepper and orange Marmalade.

using a cheese grater to grate cold butter
prepared fresh rosemary
adding pink salt to butter rub
adding pepper to butter rub
adding sugar free marmalade to rub
chopped rosemary, butter and orange marmalade for rub

Salt and pepper chicken. Place Rosemary Sprigs and one orange in cavity of chicken. Loosen skin of chicken and put half of butter mixture under skin. Rub remaining on out side of chicken.

Adding salt to outside of chicken
adding pepper to outside of chicken
placing whole head of garlic in cavity of chicken
placing orange sections inside of cavity of whole chicken
stretching the skin on the chicken to place herbs and butter underneath
placing infused butter under skin of whole chicken
rubbing outside of chicken with butter herbs and marmalade

Quarter onion and peel and divide oranges into sections. Pour chicken broth in liner of crock pot and place the other orange slices and onion in bottom. Place chicken on top.

adding chicken broth to crock pot
orange sections, onion quarters and chicken broth in crock pot

Sprinkle paprika on top, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until internal temp of 165 degrees is reached. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, slice and serve.

sprinkling chicken in crock pot with smoked paprika
orange chicken on a blue and white plate
Tips and Tricks


How do I make the full fat version?

Substitute all of the sugar free ingredients with full sugar and voila!

What other protein can I use?

This would be a fabulous way to make a whole turkey or turkey breast. Provided it will fit into your crock pot. Get creative!

Can I omit the Rosemary?

You can. The earthly flavor of it gives the sweet a balance it needs but feel free to substitute with other herbs. We like chives here too. Also, if you are using dried herbs, be sure to half the amount as they are much stronger

orange chicken on a blue and white plate
chicken quarter on a blue and white plate
whole slow cooked chicken on a blue and white platter
Chicken in Paradise


Slow cooker orange chicken takes a sometimes boring protein like chicken and makes is flavorful and delicious. Thinking about complimenting flavors to add to proteins is how we grow as cooks. This is how recipes are born!

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Other Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes you may enjoy!


  • Cranberry Chicken Sandwiches
  • Sticky Pineapple Chicken
  • Mexican Chicken
  • Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice
  • Salsa Ranch Chicken Tacos
  • Chicken Curry
  • Tuscan Chicken
  • Cream of Mushroom Chicken


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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
Recipe details
  • 10  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 8 Hours Total time: 8 hr 10 min
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Ingredients

  • 1, 3 to 4 pound whole chicken
  • 2 large oranges, divided
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 Sprigs plus 2T chopped Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup sugar free orange Marmalade
  • 1 whole head garlic
Instructions

Quarter onion and peel and divide oranges into sections.
Mix butter, chopped rosemary, salt, pepper and orange Marmalade.
Salt and pepper chicken. Place Rosemary Sprigs and one orange in cavity of chicken. Loosen skin of chicken and put half of butter mixture under skin. Rub remaining on out side of chicken.
Pour chicken broth in liner of crock pot and place the other orange slices in bottom. Place chicken on top. Sprinkle paprika on top, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until internal temp of 165 degrees is reached.
Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, slice and serve.
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Comments
  • Sus13587910 Sus13587910 on Jan 03, 2023

    Where does the whole head of garlic go in this recipe?

    • Florence Florence on Jan 03, 2023

      9th picture after the ingredients picture it shows placing the whole thing inside the chicken. I might break off the cloves and give them a slight smash to get the flavor out a bit more tho...just me, I love garlic.

  • Linda S. Goblesky Linda S. Goblesky on Jan 04, 2023

    Can you substitute chicken breasts for whole chicken?

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