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Orange Chicken on a plate with chopsticks

How to Make Orange Chicken (Panda Express Copycat Recipe)

This Orange Chicken recipe tastes just like the popular Panda Express dish, but made with simple ingredients right at home! Tender chicken in tangy sauce beats restaurant take-out any day!
Course Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Orange Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 580kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (or chicken breast) cut into 1-1/2” cubes
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 eggs beaten
  • Oil for frying

Orange Sauce:


  • Combine cornstarch salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in beaten eggs and shake in cornstarch mixture to coat.
  • Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 cup water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. 
  • Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions.


Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 1036mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg