June 21, 2010


Citrus Cinnamon Chicken in the Slow Cooker

citrus chicken on plate

Slow cookers (AKA crock pots) are not what they used to be.  They used to actually cook slowly!  Today’s slow cookers cook hotter than they used to for food safety reasons.  I guess I should be glad about that, but I only find it frustrating when my old recipes turn out over done and dry.  The first “hot” slow cooker I bought was a 4 quart model and it has things boiling in no time.  Recently I bought a 7 quart model hoping the larger pot would not heat quite as quickly.  It doesn’t, but it is still hotter than my old ones were.  The problem with the 7 quart model is that I have to put a lot of food in it.  A crock pot should ideally be 1/2 to 3/4 full.  Even with three teenage boys in my family, that makes more than we eat in one meal, often more than we eat in two meals (depending on if it is only meat or meat and vegetables).

In this case, I used 6 pounds of chicken thighs (with bone) that I bought at BJ’s.  I like their chicken thighs, but it is a lot to use.  It was nice to cook it all at once, have meat for a couple of dinners, and some to put in the freezer.  The first night I served the chicken pieces whole with the sauce.  For the leftovers, I pulled out the chicken pieces, removed the bones, and shredded the meat, then added it back to the sauce.  It was great both ways.

This recipe is a modified version of a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes.  In case you are wondering, both the orange and cinnamon flavors are subtle in this, but my family likes subtle.  I hope you do too.

Slow Cooker Citrus Cinnamon Chicken

In a bowl, combine the ketchup, tapioca, and orange juice.  Put about half in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Place the cinnamon stick on top of the sauce.  Put a single layer of chicken in the pot, spoon some sauce over each piece, add another layer of chicken and sauce.  Repeat if necessary. 

citrus chicken uncooked

Cook on low 6 – 7 hours, or high 4 hours or until chicken is done.

citrus chicken cooked in pot

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This post is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, and Delicious Dishes.

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Those ingredients are unusual, but it does sound yummy.
MMMMM,...The ingredients are indeed unusual but I love cinnamon with my chicken, from time to time!

MMMMMMMM,...a lovely tasty chicken dish!
I agree on the HOT slow cooker thing. It's frustrating. This recipe sounds great - super-easy and I can imagine my kids would love it!
I'm with you too on the slow cookers, they get hot! I can't remember the last time I even used the high setting, have ruined too many recipes (or have MAJOR regrets when it comes to cleaning it!) Speaking of cleaning, I don't remember where I got this tip, but if you fill the crock with water and add a fabric softener dryer sheet to it then allow to soak for a bit... it cleans up much easier!!

I have never added cinnamon to chicken before, this sounds like a fun recipe to try!
I'm big on putting my meat in the crockpot either completely frozen or partially frozen. It works well. And, I also do the thing where I put the whole crock in the fridge and have it start out cold. I know they say that can cause them to break, but it hasn't happened to me yet (knock on wood!). This looks like a great dish, Linda. In some recipes, "subtle" is just right. :-)

BTW, I've been working on my burger for tomorrow. ;-)

I make an orange chicken in the crockpot, but it doesn't include cinnamon in the recipe. I think I will add cinnamon next time I make it; sounds like a delicious combination!
I like the flavours you have used in this recipe. It looks delcious.
That sounds tasty!
Thanks for linking up!

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