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Panda Express orange chicken copycat

Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat

Panda Express Orange Chicken is an easy Chinese dish that is made with crispy chicken, tossed in a delicious and tangy orange sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 585kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts work as well - cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil divided, plus more for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour

Panda Express Orange Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons white vinegar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes


  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl, whisk and set aside.
  • Add the egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of oil into a shallow bowl and whisk together.
  • In another shallow bowl, add 1/2 cup cornstarch and flour, stir to mix well.
  • In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add enough oil to deep fry the chicken pieces. Heat oil in to 375 degrees.
  • Once the oil is hot, dip chicken pieces in the egg mixture first, then dredge in the flour mixture and add to pan.
  • Do not overcrowd the chicken pieces in the pan, if needed fry in batches.
  • Fry the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crispy on the outside. Once fried, transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Discard the oil from the pan, leaving only about 1 tablespoon of oil. Give the prepared orange sauce a stri and add it to the pan. Bring to boil.
  • Turn off the heat, and add cooked chicken to the sauce, stir until well coated.
  • Serve with rice, garnished with a little orange zest, sesame seeds and if desired green onions.



Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 256mg | Sodium: 1906mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg