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Panda Express Orange Chicken

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
88 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 10271
cook method: stovetop, deep fryer
Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe
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2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
white pepper
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.

cook's notes

You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.

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307 calories, 4 grams fat, 27 grams carbohydrates, 37 grams protein per serving.
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Mar 6, 2014

On the bottom portion when it is talking about sauce preparation. It says "Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil." There is no Orange sauce in the ingredients did it mean the soy sauce?? Then again on bottom it says to add sesame sauce but that too was not in ingredients. Can someone who made this already let me know if these are typos are in fact what its calling for? I really want to try this out..thanks

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Very good!

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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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.

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Love this recipe!

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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

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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.

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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!!

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Jan 3, 2012

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?

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sauce was awesome. i had to double it though cause i love chinese food!

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Member since: May 19, 2011
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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!

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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!

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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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