Classic Asian flavors made easy, gluten-free, & paleo in the slow cooker! Slow cooker orange sesame broccoli chicken is a no-fuss weeknight dinner recipe that will have you leaving take-out at the door!
It’s not me, it’s you. You guys LOVE the slow cooker, you love easy, and you love chicken! So I’ve got you covered with another easy, flavorful, “dump” meal! This one’s got an Asian flare and is packed with veggies! Serve it with some rice or quinoa and you have a perfect weeknight dinner! Take-out is easy, but expensive and less healthy. Slow cooker-ing is easy, cheap and so much more healthy!
What’s me and not you is that I think the slow cooker takes more effort than baking or grilling chicken. WHAT!? Let me explain before y’all think I’m crazy (but I’m sure you already do)! I don’t have room in my kitchen to store the slow cooker(s) I have, so I keep mine in a cabinet at the bottom on the basement stairs. Additionally, I have to “plan ahead” to use the slow cooker. You can’t just say, “Hey! Let’s have chicken tonight!”, at 4 o’clock. The slow cooker takes time (i.e. slow cooker).
You see, I’m really indecisive. Some days I know exactly what I want to eat for dinner (this is only for dinner too, the other meals are easy and on rotation). Some days I’m just not sure. When I have to figure it out the day before, forget it! How am I supposed to know what I’ll want the next night for dinner? I may feel some Mexican the day before, but then the next day arrives, and bam! I need Italian!
So if my mind (and stomach) change at the last minute and the slow cooker is already going or not going, than I’m in trouble! It’s much easier to just throw some chicken in the oven or out on the grill and be done in 30 minutes. I mean, I love slow cooker chicken, but I actually end up not making it much. You might think, from the looks of this blog, that I use it all the time, but…not really. It’s a hoax!
But in the end, that’s just me being me. I’m always happy with slow cooker chicken once it hits my plate, whenever that may be! I’ve also never used the liners you can buy to put in the slow cooker and make clean up even easier. Maybe because it’s not as eco-friendly? Haha! Actually I’ve just never even looked for them in the store, nor would I bother wasting money on them. Nothing a little scrubbing can’t fix!
And I do LOVE washing dishes! (If I find something in the dishwasher…I take it out!) I’ve also never made anything that’s sticky and hard to clean out of the slow cooker. Maybe if I ever make that slow cooker granola or some “baked” treat, that may change. Until then, I’ll keep lugging up my slow cooker, indecisively turning it on, and cleaning it with a sponge. All’s well, it ends well!
Slow Cooker Orange Sesame Broccoli Chicken
- 4 Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 4 Cups Chopped Broccoli
- 1 Cup Sliced Water Chestnuts
- 1 Medium Sweet Onion (chopped)
- Zest, Juice, Flesh of 2 Large Oranges
- ¾ Cup Water
- 1 TB Coconut Aminos
- 1 TB Sesame Oil
- 1 TB Toasted Sesame Seeds (plus more for topping)
- 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
- ½ Tsp Ground Ginger
- ¼ Tsp Black Pepper
Hopefully you’re still all about slow cooker-ing (slow cooker? or slow cooker…ing?). Actually, I know you are! And I know you’ll love a super healthy non-fried, greasy, or battered, gluten-free, paleo, moist, fall apart, flavor-infused, slow cooker orange sesame broccoli chicken dinner! (That was a mouthful!) To dump or not to dump, I’ll leave that up to you 😉
So tell me:
+ Is the slow cooker actually more work for you too?
+ Do you plan out every single one of your dinners beforehand or go with the flow?
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