One of my favorite chicken dishes is orange chicken. This is super easy, and fairly healthy, since I skip the step of frying the chicken first. This truly is a meal of "toss it in and go", and, since the chicken is cut up into bite-sized pieces, it cooks up pretty quickly!
The sauce for this chicken also works as a lovely marinade for the chicken, if you really want to amp up the flavor of this orange chicken, which is what I usually do, but I forgot to this time around, so the chicken was still tasty, but didn't have that pop of orange flavor that I love with orange chicken. Sometimes, you just plain forget. It happens, right?
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled
You can either mince the ginger finely, or just use a microplane and grate the ginger into a mixing bowl. Since you have your microplane out (or knife and cutting board), go ahead and do the same with your garlic cloves; since I used the microplane, I just grated up the garlic along with my ginger.
Like always, don't forget the goodies on the underside!
Add in your ketchup and rice vinegar, and again, mix well. Once those have been incorporated, mix in the orange juice.
Now that your sauce has been combined, put all of your chicken into the slow cooker. I like to cut my chicken up into large bite sizes, because as it cooks, it will shrink down a bit. Pour the sauce over your chicken, put the lid on, and cook over low heat for 6-8 hours, or high heat for 3-4 hours.
You can easily just turn this on and leave it, but I like to give it a stir about half way through, to make sure that the chicken is getting well coated in the sauce. It doesn't look like much right now, but it'll get there!
About an hour or so before it's finished, I like to crank my slow cooker up to high. This will bring the sauce up to a boil, which is what the cornstarch needs, to thicken up. I like my sauce on the thicker side, so this works well for me, but if you prefer a thinner sauce, feel free to leave it on low. You can see, on the edges of the slow cooker, where the sauce is starting to thicken up.
As a finishing touch, if you'd like to, add in the sesame seeds, and stir well! I like to serve mine with rice and broccoli, but let your imagination go wild!