Original Orange Chicken Recipe

Original Orange Chicken Recipe

How To Make Orange Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)

A mix of crispy and savory orange taste, this orange chicken recipe is exactly like Panda Express’s iconic original dish, plus It’s also easy to follow!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes



For Chicken:

  • 2lbchicken thighs,boneless, skinless
  • 1tbspsalt
  • 1tspwhite pepper
  • 1cupcornstarch
  • 3cupsflour
  • 1egg
  • cupswater
  • 2tbspoil
  • 6cupsoil,for frying

For Orange Sauce:

  • 1tbspoil
  • ¼tspchili flake
  • 1tbspgarlic,minced
  • ½tspginger,minced
  • ¼cupsugar
  • ¼cupbrown sugar
  • ¼cuporange juice
  • ¼cupwhite vinegar,distilled
  • 2tbspsoy sauce
  • 2tbspwater
  • 2tbspcornstarch
  • 1tspsesame oil


  1. On a cutting board, cut the chicken into 1×1-inch cubes and set aside.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine salt, white pepper, cornstarch, and flour. Whisk to combine.

  3. Add the egg, water, and oil until it reaches the consistency of the pancake batter.

  4. Add the chicken to the batter and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Heat oil in a wok or heavy bottom pan to 350 degrees F.

  6. Gently add the chicken and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until lightly golden brown.

  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  8. Set a heavy-bottomed pot over medium on high heat and add the oil.

  9. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

  10. Add the sugar and brown sugar, and stir to combine.

  11. Add in the orange juice and allow the sugars to begin to dissolve in the liquid, stirring occasionally.

  12. Add in the vinegar and soy sauce, and stir to combine.

  13. Add the cornstarch and water together and whisk to combine. Add to the pan and stir.

  14. Continue to cook the sauce until maple syrup consistency is achieved.

  15. Add in the fried chicken and stir until completely coated in the sauce.

  16. Top with sesame oil.

  17. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 2045.17kcal
  • Fat: 189.18g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.89g
  • Trans Fat: 0.76g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 115.12g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 51.97g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.80g
  • Fiber: 1.58g
  • Sugar: 11.47g
  • Protein: 24.78g
  • Cholesterol: 131.13mg
  • Sodium: 1006.05mg
  • Calcium: 29.39mg
  • Potassium: 333.99mg
  • Iron: 1.68mg
  • Vitamin A: 35.49µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.31mg
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