CNYEats A Taste of Utica Honey Chicken Crockpot

by Joanne on December 5, 2010

Turn to page 87 in our book A Taste of Utica and you will find a meal fit for any busy day of the week.  You put it together within 10 minutes, leave it to cook, and serve it up at dinner time…or any time.


Posted by Dottie



  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, sliced in thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 TBS dry mustard
  • 1 TBS teriyaki sauce

Place the chicken and the onion in the crockpot.

Mix all the rest of the ingredients from the juice to the teriyaki sauce and pour over the chicken.

Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Serve over rice or noodles.


Dottie says “This is also good served over Ramen Noodles.  I cook two packages of noodles in boiling water for  3 – 4 minutes and drain.  DO NOT use the seasoning packet. Spoon the chicken onion and juices over the noodles.


If your chicken is defrosted completely, cook for 4 hours only.  You can add broccoli, carrots or green peppers during the last hour by placing them on top of the chicken.

Ted’s take on this recipe: “Oh My Goodness!  Honey – this is wonderful!

Memories from Brian Madden

I grew up Italian.  Though all my ancestry is 100% Irish as far back as the 14th century (so I was told).  We moved to Elizabeth Street in 1947, and that’s when my mom, my sister, and I became paesans. It happened by osmosis.  When we walked out into the street, we were immersed in the aromas of frying peppers, dough, onions, meatballs … you name it.  The bakery was not far away, and the smells from there were just awesome.

Walking to St. Mary of Mt. Carmel School was another experience.  More bakeries, more cooking, more smells.  The names of all the students at the school read right out of a Sicilian phone book.

In all my travels,  I have not found the excellence of Italian cooking  I knew in Utica…not even in Italy.

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  • At 2010.12.05 21:32, Jenny (VintageSugarcube) said:

    OMG! That chicken recipe sounds sooo good. I’ve never heard of using OJ with the chicken in the Crockpot. GREAT recipe!!

    • At 2010.12.06 00:55, Monet said:

      I’m bookmarking this for later in the week. We love orange flavored dishes, and I imagine that paired with the honey and the teriyaki sauce that these chickens breasts are outstanding! Thank you for sharing, love. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      • At 2010.12.06 17:05, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

        Ok, I’ve tried the OJ with chicken before in the crock pot with disastrous results. Known as the Orange Chicken Incident in our house. I kid you not. But I didn’t have the honey. That’s it. You’ve cracked the code. Now if I can just convince my hubs to try it. Your lovely photos should do the trick.

        • At 2010.12.06 23:14, Kristi Rimkus said:

          Love the use of orange juice! I bet the combination with honey and teriyaki sauce is fantastic!

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