Weeknight Honey-Orange Chicken with Butternut Squash

Combine orange juice, cornstarch, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper with chicken and butternut squash in this delicious slow-cooker recipe. Serve over high-protein quinoa, which contains all nine essential amino acids.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds total)

  • 3 cups 1/2-inch pieces fresh butternut squash

  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2 -inch wedges

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 cups hot cooked quinoa

  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted


  1. Place chicken in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Top with butternut squash and onion. In a small bowl whisk together orange juice, cornstarch, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper. Pour over chicken and vegetables.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

  3. Serve chicken mixture over hot cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with almonds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 chicken thigh, 2/3 cup butternut squash mixture, and 1/3 cup quinoa
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 26g 53%
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Vitamin A 7502IU 150%
Vitamin C 21mg 24%
Folate 56mcg 14%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 91mg 22%
Potassium 639mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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