Healthy Crock Pot Mandarin Chicken


You’re going to love me for this one! Anytime healthy intersects with crock pot and delicious, the recipe is a keeper! I can’t wait for you to try it. After you try it, be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

And because we are heading into a busy spring season, I thought you might appreciate an idea to make this portable. I can’t tell you how many nights we spend dinner time at the park watching little league soccer and baseball games. Resist the temptation to go through the drive through by following the mason jar trend. See more details HERE on my guest post for the Simple As That blog – as well as other ideas for healthy dinners on the go.

Mandarin Chicken Jar

Healthy Crock Pot Mandarin Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/2  cup lower-sodium soy sauce

4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger

2 tablespoon dark sesame oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup cold water

4 tablespoons cornstarch

4 sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.


Place chicken in crock pot and cook until done. Shred and replace in crock pot. In a medium bowl, whisk together maple syrup, orange juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Pour sauce into a saucepan. Add the cornstarch mixture. Bring sauce to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over the chicken, toss, and serve. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve over brown rice or quinoa, with a side of steamed broccoli.




    • Jenny says

      Ash, thanks for your question! No water needed – there is enough moisture in the chicken that it cooks on its own. 🙂

    • Jenny Layton says

      Great question Diana. I have a 5 quart crock pot. If I put in 3-4 frozen chicken breasts and cook them on high, they are done in 3-4 hours. If they are fresh, then it’s usually done in 2. If I cook on medium, I can plan another 1-2 hours cooking time. Hope that helps!

      • Diana says

        Yes, this is very helpfull! I have a 6 quart crock pot. I read that it’s not recomended to use it when less than half full, so I always wonder how to adapt the recipes depending on the size. Thanks!

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