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    Crock-Pot Mexican Orange Chicken (Pollo Con Naranja)

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    6 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    6 hrs

    L'ecole's Note:

    My husband had open-heart surgery when we were living on the Texas-Mexican border in 2001. The wife of his heart-surgeon, Velda de La Garza, wrote a heart-healthy Mexican cookbook (*Healthy Mexican Cooking*), which we purchased while he was in the hospital. This dish is one of our favorites -- an easy Mexican take on that old favorite, Orange Chicken. We found it needed a little more spice than called for; you could either up the cayenne or leave the jalapeno seeds in. But then we like spicy food!

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
    • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2-2 lbs chicken breasts, skinned (I substituted thighs)
    • 1/2 cup onion, cut in strips
    • 8 small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in quarters

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Set crock pot to high.
    2. 2
      Add orange juice, garlic, pepper, cumin, cayenne, jalapeno and salt to blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
    3. 3
      Place chicken pieces in crock pot and pour orange juice mixture over chicken. Top with onions and potatoes.
    4. 4
      Cook for 6 hours on high. Internal chicken temperature should reach 160 before serving, and the meat should fall off the bone.
    5. 5
      Great served over rice!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 10, 2010

      55

      Great! I was really surprised by how well my family liked this meal. I had everything I needed for it on hand, so we tried it out and we all loved it! I cut back a little on the hot spices (as my 1 & 2 your olds can't handle that kind of heat). Thanks a lot!

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    • on October 04, 2009

      55

      Made this to have when several friends were here for dinner, friends who do enjoy a south-of-the-border twist to meals! I did cut back on the jalapeno a bit, & used a little less cayenne than suggested, but other than that, I followed the recipe & we had a great meal! I particularly enjoyed the orange flavor here! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick A Chef]

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    Nutritional Facts for Crock-Pot Mexican Orange Chicken (Pollo Con Naranja)

    Serving Size: 1 (472 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 635.6
     
    Calories from Fat 148
    23%
    Total Fat 16.4 g
    25%
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    23%
    Cholesterol 108.9 mg
    36%
    Sodium 712.0 mg
    29%
    Total Carbohydrate 77.3 g
    25%
    Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
    26%
    Sugars 24.3 g
    97%
    Protein 43.6 g
    87%

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