Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken
Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken is an easy dinner recipe. The taste of the moist chicken is out of this world! The cranberry and orange juice combines to make such a delightful sauce. The best thing about this crockpot meal is there are only 3 ingredients! This is also a naturally gluten free meal! This recipe also great to make with leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving.
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Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken one of our recipes in our 20 Freezer Meals that you can cook in 4 hours.
I made this 3 ingredient crockpot recipe as a freezer meal. I took a Sunday afternoon and spent 2 hours making 8 meals and this was one of them. This freezer meal took less than 5 minutes to assemble and put in the freezer. When I wanted to prepare the freezer meal I simply pulled it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge. In the morning, I dumped it into the crockpot and cooked it on low all day. If you want to learn more about freezer cooking click here ==>Freezer Meals.
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 3 Points Per Serving (chicken only)
Crockpot Cranberry Orange ChickenPrint Recipe
- 1 lb chicken I used chicken breasts but you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup cranberry sauce
- If prepping as a freezer meal - Write the following instructions on the freezer ziploc bag: Add 2 cups water, Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 2-4 hours.
- If preparing right away add chicken, orange juice and cranberry sauce to crockpot.
- Add 2 cups water and stir together.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 2-4 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
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This looks so yummy and easy. My favorite type of dinner. Thanks for the inspiration this week.
I have been wanting to get into freezer cooking. I will have to make this very soon.
Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.
I love the Cranberry and Orange combination flavors for this delicious recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
It is the best!
Mmm this looks delicious! Pinning now.
This is a great recipe, I made something similar with turkey and cranberry sauce and it was delicious – must try it with chicken! Thank you for sharing and linking up at #WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.
Great idea! Will have to try with turkey!
Does it get any easier? Thanks so much for sharing this on Tell Me About It Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you share tomorrow!
Thanks! I agree Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken is so easy!
If I wanted to double this recipe; would I need to double all ingredients and water or just parts of it?
All. We have a new shopping list for you that gives you a double, triple and x10.
I love your website and am new to it. I made this recipe and the sauce was very watery, is that the expected result or did I do something wrong? Your photo of it looks like the sauce clings to the chicken, but mine did not. How could I mess up three ingredients? LOL
Did you measure and follow exactly?
I had the same trouble as well. I had really large chicken breasts and no way to weigh them so I was going to give it one more go and see if I doubled the other ingredients and if it did any better. We ended up shredding the chicken and adding bbq to eat what we got out of our first try.
I will definitely edit my revue if it comes out better next time!
This was way too watery for me too. This is orange juice not concentrate right?
Yes, I made this today because I wanted test it and it was watery for me too. If you want you can decrease the water to less. It makes for a wonderful and moist chicken breast (and flavorful).
Do you boneless, skinless chicken breasts or bone in?
We used boneless skinless chicken breasts.
do you cook the chicken first or just put the uncooked chicken in the crockpot?
When making this a freezer meal, do you add the OJ and cranberry sauce to the ziploc bag with the chicken before freezing?
quick question, i went over all your recipes that would be best for my family, just was wondering if i can do the freezer to crock pot with these. I ma very busy and want to do this, here is the list please let me know if i can do this freeze first , and do i need to do something differently than the recipe calls for, this will be my first time doing this please help me if you can?????????
root beer roast
honey mustard chicken
chicken breast with avocado
loaded chicken and potatoes casserole
tater tot casserole
We haven’t tried these but you can freeze this meatloaf – https://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2014/01/easy-crockpot-meatloaf/
Be sure to check out these recipes too – https://www.stockpilingmoms.com/freezer-recipes/
I would love to try recipes for freezing! But for some reason I’m worried about cross contamination am I being paranoid?
Yes 🙂 It will be fine because all the food is fully cooked.
This looks so good!
If frozen, do you thaw then cook or is the cooking time from frozen?
You can do it either way 🙂 I have done it both.
Unfortunately this came out very watery for me too. I think the two cups of water must be a mistake.
Did you use cans or cups?
Is this the jellied cranberry sauce or the whole berry? Do you use the can, or measure out a cup? Seems like a waste to use just a measured cup.
It is the canned (jellied). I just use the whole can 🙂
Could Ido this with a whole chicken?
Made this recipe exactly as directed. Waaay too watery.
Made a second time with no water. Cooked on Low 6 Hours .
Thank you for these. I’ve been trying for years to figure out how i could make freezer meals and for the first time, with your instructions, I have some success. Some recipes don’t seem to fit in the gallon bags (Pear Apple Pork) but got myself a vacuum sealer and fixed that 😉, so again Thanks! Flash freezing also helps because sometimes I run out of energy and can’t finish. I suggest making this more prominent, I stumbled upon it the first time, but it was hard to find again (and I’m a nerd).
About this recipe; I’m still puzzled by it and how much sauce I have. Even if I make a slurry and thicken with evaporation, its still a lot of sauce.
Orange juice: do use frozen concentrate undiluted?
Cranberry sauce: jellied with fruit used and 1 cup is about half a can. Should I be using a whole can?
Finally, what do you do with your leftover sauce?
Additional note: This recipe is an absolute keeper! My husband hates cranberry sauce so much he won’t even buy it when I send him to the store with a list (I buy it when its my turn). However, he loves this chicken so much its now made weekly (I hide the cans, 🤫)!!!