Copycat Orange Chicken Gives Panda Express A Run For Their Money


Panda Express’ Greatest Secret

Everyone I know loves Panda Express’ orange chicken. So much so, in fact, that whenever I go there for my own serving of orange chicken, it’s often run out by the time I get there.


Naturally, I sit idly by and wait for the next batch to be brought out. But what if you never needed to go there in the first place? Just make your own! Here’s how.

You will need:

  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tbsp. garlic
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil

Making The Orange Chicken

First, dice your chicken breasts. In a large bowl, mix salt, white pepper, cornstarch, and flour. Add in the egg and the water. Mix in 2 tbsp. of oil. Chill that in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Fry the chicken in vegetable oil until thoroughly cooked and golden brown. In a small bowl, mix your 2 tbsp. of cornstarch and 2 tbsp. water to make a slurry. Now, we’ll get to glazing the chicken.

Put 1 tsp. vegetable oil on your pan. Sauté chili flakes, ginger, and garlic. Add your sugars and your orange juice, along with the vinegar and mix.

Add in your soy sauce and the slurry, mix until thick, and add in your chicken. Once the chicken is coated, add some sesame oil, and mix one more time. Now you’re done!

One taste of this chicken, and you’ll never need to go to Panda Express again. Plus, you can control how much or how little of an ingredient you want to add! What could be better than that?