Caribbean Citrus Chicken

Published on November 1, 2020 by Lauren

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  • Once fall rolls around, you can bet my crock-pot is a staple on my counter.  My family can quickly tire of the rotation of fall crockpot meals like stews, chilis, soups, and the like. Imagine how excited I was when this became a popular dish in my family: a Caribbean citrus chicken recipe that is part of my freezer menu collection AND crockpot friendly? Absolutely!


    Caribbean Citrus Chicken


    Caribbean Citrus Chicken

    My favorite crock-pot is this one. It’s 6-quarts and is generously sized for my family – you’ll love it!

    I LOVE how dark meat in the crockpot turns out. It just falls apart and still stays juicy and moist. This Caribbean inspired Citrus Chicken is a great example of that.

    Orange juice, lime juice (or lemon, but lime is better) blend with the cumin, oregano, and cilantro so well. This is one that you will want to marinade first. Or better yet, prepare for freezer cooking in a freezer bag. That way, the marinade action will occur as it’s thawing.

    For this, I also decided that it works better if you remove the skin from the chicken. The marinade penetrates a little better, and I’m not a huge fan of chicken skin in the crockpot.


    Caribbean Citrus Chicken


    So here are the ingredients (helper not included). I used lemon juice this time since I didn’t have any limes or lime juice on hand… it still turns out GREAT.


    Caribbean Citrus Chicken


    Just toss everything in! Note – I didn’t marinade it this time, I just threw it all in. Still turns out great, but marinating first is better. Also, I’d recommend putting the onions on the bottom of the pot. they cook better that way.

    Cook on high for 4 hours, or medium for 6. Simply remove from the crockpot and serve with rice! It couldn’t be easier.

    And if you like this dish for slow-cooker Caribbean citrus chicken, you might be interested in 40 other slow cooker dump recipes that are AMAZING!


    Caribbean Citrus Chicken

    Caribbean Citrus Chicken

    Caribbean Citrus Chicken

    This Crockpot Citrus Chicken has AMAZING flavor. Orange juice, lime juice, and spices like cumin give it an awesome Cuban flavor!
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    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 4 hours
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
    Servings: 6 -8
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 3-4 lbs chicken legs and thighs skin removed
    • 3 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
    • 1 Tbsp lime juice or lemon juice
    • 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed
    • 1/2 onion sliced
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp dried cilantro or 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro


    • Combine all ingredients in a freezer bag or large bowl.
    • Marinade for a few hours or overnight.
    • Cook in slow cooker for 4 hours on high, 6 hours on medium, or 8 hours on low.
    • Serve with rice.

    Caribbean Citrus Chicken


    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!


    Caribbean Citrus Chicken




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