Crock-Pot Mexican Orange Chicken (Pollo Con Naranja)

Total Time
6hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 6 hrs

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!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-2 lbs chicken breasts, skinned (I substituted thighs)
  • 12 cup onion, cut in strips
  • 8 small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in quarters


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

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!

rachel2c129 July 10, 2010

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]

Sydney Mike October 04, 2009