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GFCF Crockpot Orange Chicken

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My crockpot is getting a workout! I have just had too much going on to spend time in the kitchen lately. It is so easy to toss a few ingredients in the good ole’ crockpot and walk away. The house ends up smelling great, dinner gets cooked, and I can actually accomplish something besides standing in the kitchen and looking cute. Don’t get me wrong, I like to look cute, but somebody has to do the laundry around here. :)

After I received many comments from you guys, I headed over to check out A Year Of Slow Cooking. I had no idea that she was gluten free too. Naturally, I grabbed a cup of coffee and began skimming through her recipes. This one caught my eye; Crockpot Orange chicken. If you are like me, I wondered if it would fall apart, or be mushy. I’m not a fan of mushy chicken. Rest assured, this recipe is not mushy! It is some of the best Orange Chicken I have ever had!

I just tossed it in the crockpot, put some rice in my handy dandy rice cooker, and when I was ready to serve threw a bag of steam broccoli in the microwave. Dinner was on the table in no time! You really should try this one out! By the way, I received a sample of flour from Oh My Gluten Free. I used it for the breading for the chicken. It worked phenomenally! I have some left that I am going to try in my oatmeal raisin cookies. It’s got a great texture! Head over and check out Oh My Gluten Free!

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Crockpot Orange Chicken Printable Version

  • · 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken, cut in 2-inch chunks
  • · 1/2 cup flour (I used Oh My Gluten Free Flour Mix)
  • · olive oil, for browning the chicken
  • · dash of salt
  • · 6 ounces (1/2 can) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • · 3 tablespoons brown sugar ·
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • · 3 tablespoons ketchup
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Directions

Dredge the chicken pieces with the flour, and shake off the excess. Go ahead and throw away any remaining flour, we won’t need it.

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Heat olive oil in a large skillet on the stove and brown the chicken on all sides. There is no need to fully cook it, just sear it enough for the flour to stick and get a nice coating. Plop the chicken pieces into your slow cooker.

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In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, and ketchup; Taste. If you’d like the chicken to be a bit sweeter, add a touch more sugar.

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Pour sauce mixture evenly over the chicken, and toss gingerly to coat.

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Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3. Serve over white or brown rice.

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**I plan on making a double batch next time so I can use a full can of OJ. There will be plenty for leftovers, or the freezer for dinner another night!**

Gluten Free Apple- Cranberry Crisp

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Thanksgiving is this week and with all the Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie, I thought it was time to make room for a new favorite; Apple-Cranberry Crisp!

Fruit is big in my house!  We are always eating one kind, or another for a snack.  I bought a ton of it just today, including the BOGO Cranberries.  I don’t know if you have ever tried a fresh cranberry, but they are not a snacking food.  They are very tart, and not at all sweet.  So, as I sat here wondering what to do with them I eyeballed the bowl of apples from the farmers market last week.  I really ought to do something with those too, I thought.  BINGO!

I decided to make a crisp because I knew I could make the topping Gluten Free, and that is an issue in my house.  You can use any type of flour you choose when you make yours, it will be equally as yummy!  I added a little orange zest, and juice to the cranberry and the apple.  It is just the Florida girl in me.  Sorry, I love the zing the citrus adds! It makes the house smell so festive.

Grab an extra bag of cranberries at the store and add this treat to your Thanksgiving feast!

Apple-Cranberry Crisp

AppleCranberry Crisp Printable Version

  • 3 cups cubed apples (firm preferably granny smith)
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Juice of 1/2 of a orange
  • 1/3 cup flour ( I used rice flour)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; spoon into a 8×8 inch greased baking dish.

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Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and vegetable oil in a bowl stirring with a fork until crumbly.

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Sprinkle over the apple mixture

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Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until bubbly.

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Serve warm by itself or with ice cream!

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