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Orange Chicken on a plate with chopsticks
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Orange Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 580kcal
Author: Erica Walker



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. Remove chicken pieces from pan or fryer and allow to drain on paper towels.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 cup water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Whisk ingredients together 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.
  • Place fried chicken in a large bowl and pour sauce over the top. Fold the sauce into the chicken or toss gently to coat. 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