This slow cooker orange ginger chicken is packed with bright and fresh flavors, and a bit of spice too. Serve alongside your favorite veggies for a healthy and complete meal.
Add coconut oil to a large pan over medium heat. Season the chicken with sea salt and black pepper to taste and then *sear in pan for 3 minutes each side (may need to do in batches depending on the size of your pan). Remove from pan and place in bottom of the slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, chicken broth, coconut aminos, raw honey, orange zest, garlic, ginger, turmeric, red pepper flakes (if using), and sea salt and black pepper to taste. Pour mixture over chicken and cover with lid. Cook on low for about 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
Once done, shred chicken with two forks. Taste and adjust flavor, as desired. If too much liquid has been absorbed, add a bit more broth and/or orange juice. If mixture is really juicy/liquidy and you want to thicken it up, whisk together 1 Tbsp of arrowroot starch with 1 Tbsp of cold filtered water. Stir into chicken and let cook 5-10 minutes more.
Serve and garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.
*If you're pressed for time or don't want to fuss with searing the chicken, you can skip this step and place the raw seasoned chicken directly into the slow cooker. If you do so, omit coconut oil from the recipe as well.
I recommend serving this chicken with sautéed broccoli and roasted sweet potato or cauliflower rice.