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Best Orange Chicken Recipe (Panda Express Copycat)

Best Orange Chicken Recipe (Panda Express Copycat)

Best Orange Chicken Recipe (Panda Express Copycat) – incredibly tasty orange chicken inspired by Panda Express.  It is crowd’s favorite orange chicken recipe.

When YOU make this Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe, take a picture & DM me your Food Creation on Instagram @MunchkinTimeBlog & I will feature it here under this recipe!

Best Orange Chicken Recipe (Panda Express Copycat)

Quick Notes

  • Chicken thighs taste best in this orange chicken recipe, but feel free to use chicken breast instead if you like cooking with chicken breast more.
  • Use less sugar to make it less sweet.
  • Use store bought or freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Store orange chicken in airtight container inside the fridge for 1-2 days.

Orange Chicken Ingredients For Batter

How to Make Orange Chicken at Home:

In a mixing bowl,, combine 1 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of white pepper. Mix well.

Orange Chicken Ingredients For Batter

Next add 1 egg, 1 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk until everything is combined.

Orange Chicken Ingredients For Batter

Add & mix 2 lb of chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces and let sit for 15 minutes.Cooking in batches

While chicken is resting, this is a perfect time to prepare all of orange chicken sauce ingredients. So everything will be ready to go when you will be making the sauce, cause it cooks quick.

Now, heat enough olive oil to cover chicken in a wok or heavy bottom skillet over medium/high heat.

How to Make Orange Chicken at home.

Cooking in batches, carefully add chicken pieces, be careful not too over crowd, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru, stirring few times.

After, transfer chicken to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat until you cook all of the chicken.

How to Make Orange Chicken at home.

How to Make Orange Chicken Sauce:

To make orange chicken sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat.
Next, add 2 tablespoons of finely chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

How to Make Orange Sauce

Then add 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar, stir. After pour in 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar & 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, stir.

How to Make Orange Chicken Sauce

Using a small mixing bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons of cold water with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Pour this mixture into the skillet & stir.

How to Make Chicken Sauce

Cook orange chicken sauce until it thickens about 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously.

How to Make Orange Chicken

Add fried chicken into the skillet and mix with sauce.

Garnish with black pepper or sesame seeds. Serve with Golden Rice and Roasted Broccoli. Enjoy!

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Best Orange Chicken Recipe (Panda Express Copycat)

Best Orange Chicken Recipe (Panda Express Copycat) - incredibly tasty orange chicken inspired by Panda Express.  It is crowd's favorite orange chicken recipe. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Coarse, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, chicken thighs, dinner
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Love Keil

Ingredients

Orange Chicken Ingredients For Batter

  • 2 lb chicken thighs boneless, skinless cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for frying

Orange Chicken Sauce

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of white pepper. Mix well.
  • Next add 1 egg, 1 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk until everything is combined. Add & mix 2 lb of chicken thigh pieces and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • While chicken is resting, this is a perfect time to prepare all of orange chicken sauce ingredients. So everything will be ready to go when you will be making the sauce, cause it cooks quick.
  • Now, heat enough olive oil to cover chicken in a wok or heavy bottom skillet over medium/high heat. Cooking in batches, carefully add chicken pieces, be careful not too over crowd, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru, stirring few times.
  • After, transfer chicken to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat until you cook all of the chicken.

How to Make Orange Chicken Sauce

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Next, add 2 tablespoons of finely chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Then add 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar, stir. After pour in 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar & 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, stir.
  • Using a small mixing bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons of cold water with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Pour this mixture into the skillet & stir, stirring continuously.
  • Cook orange chicken sauce until it thickens about 3-5 minutes. Add fried chicken into the skillet and mix with sauce.
  • Garnish with black pepper or sesame seeds. Serve with Golden Rice and Roasted Broccoli.

Notes

  • Chicken thighs taste best in this orange chicken recipe, but feel free to use chicken breast instead if you like cooking with chicken breast more.
  • Use store bought or freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Store orange chicken in airtight container inside the fridge for 1-2 days.
 
When YOU make this Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe, take a picture & DM me your Food Creation on Instagram @MunchkinTimeBlog & I will feature it here under this recipe!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 608mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

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