Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat

40 mins
15 mins
Orange chicken is one of my favorite dishes when I'm craving something sweet AND savory! Let's make it at home and even better than Panda Express.
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Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat

Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat

Orange chicken is one of my favorite dishes when I'm craving something sweet AND savory! Let's make it at home and even better than Panda Express.

Orange chicken is one of my favorite dishes when I'm craving something sweet AND savory! Let's make it at home and even better than Panda Express.

40 mins
15 mins

Ingredients

Chicken
  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and pepper
Orange Glaze
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water + 3 tablespoons cornstarch
Other
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • green onions and sesame seeds optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a wide shallow bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of black pepper to taste.
  3. In small deep bowl, whisk together eggs, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of black pepper to taste.
  4. Dip a few chicken pieces at a time first in the wet batter, letting any excess drip off, and then into the dry, shaking off any excess. Set on a plate and finish breading all the chicken.
  5. Over medium-high heat, add soy sauce, orange juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, minced garlic, minced ginger, and red pepper flakes to a pot. Bring to a simmer and then pour in the cornstarch slurry (water and cornstarch whisked together) to thicken into a glaze. Once it is thick, take off the heat and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.
  6. Heat vegetable oil to 350°F in a frying pan. Drop the breaded chicken in, making sure not to overcrowd. Fry in two batches. Once golden, about 4 minutes, take out of the oil and drain on a paper towel.
  7. Toss the chicken in the glaze.
  8. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and enjoy with rice or noodles!
Tips & Notes
  • Instead of using chicken thighs, you can use breast, tofu, or even beef!
  • To enhance the orange taste, add some orange zest into the glaze after it thickens.
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The taste of rice vinegar was too strong. Not sure if this is a typo but 1/3 cup is alot and I wish I had used half of that.

This was soooo good! I felt so proud and happy I can cook something like thiiiiis thank you for sharing with us. <3

Absolutely gorgeous! Dad said he’d never order from a Chinese again – it was that tasty! Thanks for sharing xx

Hi!
I am not a big fan of frying, could I also grill the chicken? Or do you have any other alternatives for frying?

Hi!
I am not a big fan of frying, so could I also grill the chicken? Or do you have any other alternatives?

It was AMAZING! and the portion for 3 people was sooo accurate
loved it and will definitely try more of your recipes. thank you!

Do you have to immediately add the fried chicken to the sauce or can you wait for a few hours?

As someone who worked as a cook at panda express awhile ago this was extremely similar and sooo yummy! To make the taste even closer to panda express use orange extract and sub out the brown sugar for white! I would say that I like the taste and recipe of this chicken way better! It was so much fresher and balanced.

Absolutely gorgeous! Dad said he’d never order from a Chinese again as this was so much tastier, thanks for sharing xx

Hi! Could you also grill your chicken instead of frying it? I am nog a big fan of frying, so for you have any alternatives?

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