Honey-Orange Chicken Recipe

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Honey-Orange Chicken is a delicious Japanese style option for barbecued chicken drumsticks. Honey, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, soy sauce and sesame seeds combined together for a spicy syrupy coating for this delicious Oriental style chicken cooked in the slow cooker and also a healthy, low calories, low fat, low sodium, low carbohydrates, diabetic friendly, gluten-free, Weight Watchers (6) PointsPlus recipe.

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Servings: 6


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  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce (See Note**).
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 12 medium size chicken drumsticks (3 to 3-1/2 lbs), skin removed (See Tip*)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine honey, orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce (or tamari), garlic, ginger, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Coat a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add in drumsticks, pour in the sauce and mix to coat. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 165° F. when inserted into the thickest part of the meat without touching bone, 2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 4 hours on LOW.
  3. Transfer the drumsticks to a bowl. Very carefully pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium size skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced and syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the sauce over the drumsticks; stir to coat. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and sesame seeds.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 42g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 77  
Calories from Fat 5 6%
Total Fat 0.58g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 65mg 2%
Total Carbs 17.72g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 16.12g 11%
Protein 1.58g 3%
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