Mandarin Orange Chicken
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Mandarin Orange Chicken

You can use instant rice, brown rice or for the ultimate convenience, use a package of precooked rice to serve with this chicken.

15 min
02 hrs 25 min


2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

12 chicken drumsticks, skinned

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

1 (11-ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained


3 cups hot cooked rice

1 tablespoon sliced green onion

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add chicken drumsticks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, turning once, 4-5 minutes or until chicken is browned.

  2. STEP 2

    Place chicken into 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Combine orange marmalade and chicken broth in small bowl. Pour over chicken. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2-3 hours or on Low heat setting 6-7 hours, or until chicken is tender.

  3. STEP 3

    Remove chicken to serving platter; cover to keep warm. Strain juices into 1-quart saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir into juices. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Stir in orange segments. Serve chicken with hot rice and orange sauce. Sprinkle with green onion.

Tip #1

Removing the skin from drumsticks decreases the amount of fat in this dish. Grasp skin with a paper towel and pull skin from meat. Discard skin and paper towel.


9Fat (mg)
90Cholesterol (mg)
370Sodium (mg)
47Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
28Protein (g)


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  October 08, 2013

I haven't made this recipe yet, but there's a discrepancy in the times - at the top it says total time: 2:25 so since prep time is 15 min. I would cook for only 2 hours and 5 min. not 3 and not cook on low for 6-7 hours at all - the chicken is already halfway cooked after the browning.

— says Patricia d.
Test Kitchen Comment October 11, 2013

Patricia, the times are listed based on the lowest amount of time listed. We have tested this recipe on both high and Low slow cooker settings and is how we determined the times.

— says Cindy
  January 11, 2013

This sounds like a good one! I will try it this weekend.

— says Linda B.
  October 11, 2010

I had problems with this recipe..but I substituted what I had on hand.. I used strips of chicken breast instead of drumsticks. The 1/2 cup of liquid to go in the crock pot seemed too scant to me so I added a cup. The chicken dried out too much even tho I checked it and rotated the pieces to be under the liquid while cooking. I stopped it when it seemed done at 3 hours. It was over done. There is not enough sauce for each piece of chicken to have some sauce. I want to try again and add more liquid and produce more sauce. i thought the sauce was a little bitter but my husband loves it. We ate it with brown rice and broccoli. Gee, after 57 years of cooking, how could it be dried out ! Old dogs need to learn new tricks !

— says Yummy
  October 09, 2010

Can you cook this dish without a slow cooker/

— says Dolores
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