Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfreeCraving Asian flavors? Try our bold Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken this week!

Best Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree
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It’s easy to derail your diet by seemingly healthy foods.

Asian cuisine is always the culprit for me. Yes, there are plenty of Asian dishes that are easy on the waistline. However, if I’ve been limiting my carbs and sugar, it’s the fatty classics like szechuan beef, sesame chicken, and fried rice that start calling my name.

Easy Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree

Today I’m sharing a cleaned-up version of a traditional Chinese restaurant favorite so you can satisfy your Asian takeout cravings while sticking to your diet… And I made it in the crockpot!

The slow cooker makes it possible to start dinner and move on to other activities. Then when it’s time to eat, you’ll sit down to a cozy aromatic meal that is not only low carb, but can be made gluten free and paleo.

Simple Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree

Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree

Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken is my new favorite thing. It tastes decadent and naughty, yet is guilt-free!

I started with boneless skinless chicken thighs. Then whisked together a quick sauce made with orange juice and zest, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce.

We love this Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree

All you have to do is place the chicken in a slow cooker, pour the sauce over the top, and press start. As the chicken cooks, it thickens the sauce into an easy savory-sweet gravy with tons of wow factor.

You can serve Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken with rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice for a complete low carb meal!

Must-Make Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree

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Zesty Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree

Easy Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken #healthy #glutenfree
4 from 5 votes

Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
A healthy Asian recipe that is paleo diet friendly! Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken is a fabulous dinner your family will love!
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 956mg 40%
Potassium 424mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 5g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 23.4%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 3 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 -3  cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup  coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder, or corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, packed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1-2 dashes crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Cut the chicken thighs into small bite-size pieces. Place the pieces in the crock of a large slow cooker.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, arrowroot, vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, orange zest, and crushed red pepper. Whisk well to remove clumps.
  3. Pour the mixture over the chicken and toss to coat. Then turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 3 - 4 hours, or cook on high for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. If the sauce seems to thick, add additional orange juice to loosen it up. Serve with rice, or with cauliflower rice for a complete low carb meal!

Recipe Notes

NOTES: You can enhance the orange color if desired by adding a few drops of orange food coloring. For a completely gluten free and paleo version, substitute apple cider vinegar for the rice vinegar, and coconut aminos for the soy sauce.

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17 comments on “Low Carb Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

  1. Melissaposted December 4, 2018 at 11:20 am Reply

    My sauce is kind of thin, I would’ve hoped it would be thicker. Do you recommend maybe some Xanthum Gum?

    Otherwise tastes great!

    • Sommer Collierposted December 6, 2018 at 6:18 am Reply

      Hi Melissa,

      Yes, if it didn’t thicken as much as you like, you could definitely add in some xanthum gum or arrow root powder.

  2. jessuposted October 24, 2018 at 1:13 pm Reply

    I made this and it was great! I changed a few things to lower the carbs:

    -I used only the juice of the 2 oranges I zested. Still very orangey!
    -I substituted a combination of monkfruit sweetener and liquid stevia for the suga
    -Instead of arrowroot powder, I added 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum at the very end of cooking. The residual heat was enough to thicken the sauce.

    Awesome comfort recipe! I will use this again and again!

  3. Jandrewposted October 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm Reply

    This isn’t low carb at all. But looks delicious. I’d revisit the “low carb” claims on this one…

    • Sommer Collierposted October 22, 2018 at 9:20 am Reply

      Hey Jandrew,

      Until the ketogenic diet became so popular a couple years ago, this was considered low carb. Unfortunately nowadays, many people consider keto and low carb one and the same.

  4. Sabrinaposted October 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Just made this. Added a little less than 2 cups OJ then  put on low for 3 1/2 hours.  It came out really watery. Had to remove the chicken and add thickener. Overall a good recipe besides the excess liquid.

  5. Haresh Menonposted July 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm Reply

    In terms of the ratio of macros, i.e. carbs to fat and protein this recipe is not low-carb

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  7. Michelle Ducheneposted April 8, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply

    I was going to make this seeing as it says “low carb” but at 17g per serving for just the protein?!?! Thats really high for low carb and, being keto, far too high for 1 meal. It’s a shame because it looks delicious! Just hope others check the nutrition facts before making it ☺

  8. Jessicaposted January 15, 2018 at 11:31 pm Reply

    I can’t imagine needing to add more OJ to this as I had the opposite problem – it came out like a soup! Ended up having to add flour, which I had wanted to avoid, but the liquid was so far from a sauce that it had to be done. The taste was alright, but nothing special. I might make it again but it was not my favorite.

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  12. Horse namesposted January 25, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

    Looks good. Gonna give a try.

  13. Danaposted January 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I made this last night, cooked it on High for 2 hrs. At the start it seemed like 4 cups of OJ seemed like too much. I followed the recipe as written but it came out very liquid, not “sticky” or like a glaze sauce as pictured. I’m wondering if like Jen my crock pot runs lower in temp. I ended up transferring the chicken and some liquid to a wok pan and boiling to reduce the liquid some. It worked somewhat but I know that shouldn’t have been necessary. Next time I will try the low and slow method. I liked the flavor but the consistency seemed wrong.

  14. Jenposted January 20, 2017 at 8:06 am Reply

    I made this for dinner last night. It’s not exactly like traditional fast-food Chinese Orange Chicken, but then I wasn’t expecting that because it’s low carb. I did add a couple drops of red-yellow food coloring to get the orange color.

    We all loved how saucy it is and the flavor is SUPER comforting. Just sweet enough! We also made your paleo cauliflower fried rice to go with it and the kids gobbled it down.

    I’m going to calculate the nutritional facts for this in my fitness pal app because it’s definitely a meal we will make again. Thanks for all you do!

    • Jenposted January 20, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

      Oh, forgot to mention my crockpot seems to run a little cool compared to some. I cooked it on low for 4 1/2 hour and it was perfect.