Panda Express Orange Chicken
recipe at a glance
4 stars - 101 reviews
ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes: 6recipe id: 10271cook method: stovetop, deep fryer
2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cornstarch PLUS"PLUS" means this ingredient in addition to the one on the next line, often with divided uses
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 dash crushed hot red chilies
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
***Orange Chicken Sauce***
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar
Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.
Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F.
Add chicken pieces, small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. (Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed. Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth. Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil and sesame oil. Serve at once.
You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.
307 calories, 4 grams fat, 27 grams carbohydrates, 37 grams protein per serving
ratings & reviews
|Nov 18, 2013 TR
Seems weird that orange is only mentioned in the recipe notes. It did turn out good but the recipe should really be changed to make it more obvious about the orange zest.
Oct 27, 2013 Guest Foodie
Love this recipe!
Jul 3, 2013 powermom
We make this about once every two weeks. It's one recipe that the whole family loves and we can't always eat at Panda Express
Jul 2, 2013 Stewie
This orange chicken is fantastic! I haven't tried Panda Express but if it's anything as good as this I'll have to. I did find it odd that the orange isn't listed in the orange sauce but I see it in the directions.
Apr 15, 2012 Ak123
I love this recipe When I first tried it from Panda express I fell in love it is now my favorite meal.!!!!! Thank you thus recipe was a help as well as delicious!!
Jan 3, 2012 Maui
Should i combine the flour-cornstarch mixture with egg mixture? or should i dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then dredge it with flour-cornstarch mixture?
Dec 31, 2011 luru
sauce was awesome. i had to double it though cause i love chinese food!
May 19, 2011 nikicooper77Member since: May 19, 2011
This is a wonderful recipe. It's fairly easy, and tastes great! My son no longer begs non stop to go to panda express for their orange chicken!
Jan 3, 2011 Guest Foodie
This is a Great recipe! My family loves it. The only thing I do different is use "McCormick Valencia Orange Peel" in the sauce. One time I did not have the orange peel and everyone could tell. Other than that I love this recipe!
Oct 3, 2010 Guest Foodie
Not exactly the same but even my pickiest eaters loved it! (we didn't tell them there was green onions in it - lol!) I did buy a bottle of the Panda Express orange sauce to have just in case and some used it but we didn't need it. thanks!
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