Orange Chicken from Panda Express (CopyCat Recipe)

Orange Chicken from Panda Express (CopyCat Recipe)

Who came here to get an Orange Chicken Recipe? As you all know, Orange Chicken and Panda Express go together like the Big Mac from McDonald’s or the Whopper from Burger King. When you pick up your Combo Plate, you must fill one of your entrees with the delicious sweet and tangy, Orange Chicken.

Describe Chinese Food

Chinese food? Oh man, where do I even start? It’s like this flavor-packed rollercoaster ride for your taste buds, seriously! Picture this: you’ve got these dishes bursting with all kinds of flavors – sweet, savory, spicy – all at the same time. And the textures? Let’s just say crunchy veggies, tender meats, and slurp-worthy noodles are all part of the party.

But here’s the kicker: it’s not just one-size-fits-all. Nope, Chinese cuisine is like a whole bunch of mini cuisines rolled into one giant feast. You’ve got your spicy Sichuan dishes that’ll set your mouth on fire (in the best way possible), your Cantonese dim sum delights with their delicate flavors, and everything in between.

And don’t even get me started on the variety! From steaming bowls of noodle soups to crispy Peking duck and everything else under the sun, Chinese food has something for everyone. Plus, it’s all about sharing, which means you get to dig into a little bit of everything with your crew.

Basically, Chinese food is like a flavor explosion in your mouth, a culinary adventure you never want to end. So grab those chopsticks and get ready to dive in!

Panda Express

Orange Chicken from Panda Express is a popular Chinese-American dish that combines tender chunks of crispy fried chicken with a sweet and tangy orange-flavored sauce. Personally, I think this is the best sauce that Panda Express has to offer. You then coat the chicken in a light batter and deep-fry it to golden perfection. This gives is a crunchy exterior while remaining juicy on the inside. To make the sauce, you take some orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and other seasonings and mix it together over heat. The result is a flavorful combination of sweet and savory notes with a hint of citrus brightness. Put what you want on it such as chopped green onions for a fresh touch. This dish is a crowd-pleaser, loved for its irresistible combination of textures and flavors, making it a staple on the Panda Express menu.

Enjoy this Copycat Orange Chicken Recipe and let us know what you think.

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Orange Chicken from Panda Express

The classic Orange Chicken from Panda Express is a quick and easy dish that is sure to please everyone.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish, Sauce
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8 servings



  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Egg
  • as needed Salt
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup AP Flour
  • as needed Water to make sure the batter is correct

Orange Chicken Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 2 tbsp Water


Cooking and Serving

  • Trim the Chicken into bite sized chunks. Throw the chicken bites into a couple ziplock bags and add the egg, salt, pepper, flour, corn starch, and soy sauce. Slowly add water to make this an even coated batter. Let this sit in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Heat up some oil for frying (enough to cover the chicken). Fry the chicken until golden brown. Drain the chicken and wait 3 minutes before adding them into the sauce.

Sauce Prep

  • Add all sauce ingredients into a pot and heat until a slow simmer, constantly stirring. Cook until a dark golden brown.