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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.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 5 people

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
 

  • Cut chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a wide shallow bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of black pepper to taste.
  • In small deep bowl, whisk together eggs, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of black pepper to taste.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toss the chicken in the glaze.
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and enjoy with rice or noodles!

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.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
  1. Reply

    5 stars
    I made it it was very delicious

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • March 7, 2021
      Reply

      so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you!

    • Melanie
    • March 9, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Shared with my sisters and told them to make it too!

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • March 13, 2021
      Reply

      Thank you Melanie! Glad it was a hit!

    • Divinia
    • March 10, 2021
    Reply

    Hi! If I can’t find rice vinegar or sesame oil what are substitutes you’d suggest? I’m in Jamaica btw

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • March 13, 2021
      Reply

      Hi Divinia! If you can’t find rice vinegar, you can substitute it for apple cider vinegar and if not that, then white vinegar. For sesame oil, you can omit it or add sesame seeds on top instead. Hope this helps.

    • Monigo
    • March 10, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Delish! I think it does need the zest also I used 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs.

    • Rubi
    • March 10, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    I am not a good cook, but this recipe made people believe that I was. The sauce was delicious and it was all so easy to make. My family loved it! Thank you so much.

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • March 13, 2021
      Reply

      That’s so good to hear Rubi! And you are definitely a good cook! Thank you for sharing.

    • Evan
    • March 14, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    I’m not a very experienced cook but I nailed this recipe. My brother who is a fantastic cook was blown away. The glazw was just amazing. Thank you for the recipie :)))

    • Jia
    • June 15, 2021
    Reply

    Do you recommend using fresh orange juice or bottled orange juice is ok?

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • September 8, 2021
      Reply

      I personally would stick to squeezing your own oranges because bottled juice has added sugar! If you can only use bottled, just adjust the sugar accordingly 🙂

    • Hana
    • September 1, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Super good! My boyfriend and I are addicted to make this recipe

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • September 8, 2021
      Reply

      That’s AMAZING YAY!

    • Anna
    • November 28, 2021
    Reply

    Really good! I love the glaze. I did it with chicken but I would try with tofu too!

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