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Slow Cooker Mandarin Chicken – Low Carb and Gluten Free

  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


An Asian inspired low carb chicken recipe made in the slow cooker – lchf, keto, and Atkins diet friendly recipe!



For the chicken:

  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese Five Spice Powder see example
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup no sugar added mandarin orange slices see example
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sliced red chilis (or red pepper flakes)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce see example


  1. Rub the chicken thighs with the five spice powder and salt. Sear skin side down over high heat for about 3 minutes. Turn and sear the other side for 3 minutes. Place the chicken skin side up in the slow cooker. Add all of the sauce ingredients (except for the xanthan gum) to a small bowl and stir. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker. Cook on high for four hours, or low for 6 hours. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker to a serving dish. Pour the remaining sauce into a magic bullet or blender and add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. Blend for about 20 seconds. Pour over the chicken on the platter and serve warm. Cilantro garnish is optional.


Approx. nutrition info per serving: 392 calories, 23g fat, 3.5g net carbs, 37g protein


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh, 2 Tbsp sauce

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