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.
Spicy Chicken Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

Today, we are going to take a look at an amazing recipe for my favorite pasta dish, the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Alfredo Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory.  This thing is loaded with flavor (and calories) so keep that in mind.  It is super simple to prepare, even though there seem to be a lot of moving parts, it all comes together in the end.  It is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet and savory.

Introduction to The Cheesecake Factory

If you have never been to The Cheesecake Factory, you are definitely missing out.  The huge menu is rather intimidating at first, but you soon realize that most of the menu is Cheesecake.  I think that is why the Cheesecake Factory is so well-liked.  No matter what everyone is craving, there is something for everyone.  From Cuban Sandwiches to Asian Salads, to Burritos there is something for even the pickiest of eaters.

What is the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory?

Made using Penne Pasta, the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta has Chicken breast sauteed in honey.  The sauce is a unique sauce made from Alfredo and Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  This gives it a beautiful mild kick that you crave as well as a deep smokey flavor.  The sweetness of the honey combined with the spice of the sauce makes an amazing dish that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Make sure to check out how to make the Salad Dressing from the Olive Garden or how to make a Cuban Classic, Picadillo, which is a cheap and flavorful addition to your families dinner rotation.

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

A spicy chicken pasta with chipotle flavors with a sweet undertone. A sure crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 People


Main Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breasts cut into cubes about 1/2"
  • 1 pound Penne Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 Can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce pureed
  • 1 Yellow Pepper chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 pound Fresh Asparagus
  • 6 ounces REAL Parmasean Cheese


  • Cilantro
  • Tortilla Stip Chips


Prepare Vegetables and Pasta

  • Add the asparagus to the pasta water and boil for 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. 
  • Pull out the asparagus and run under cold water to shock it and stop it from cooking.
  • Add your pasta to the water and remove when al-dente, normally 12-13 minutes rolling boil.
  • Combine lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chicken and let it marinade. 
  • Prepare your skillet with butter on medium heat. 
  • Add bell peppers and onions. 
  • Leave on the heat until translucent, stirring occasionally to make sure they do not char, then add the garlic cloves, saute for 1 minute.

Cook Chicken and Serve

  • Remove the veggies and add olive oil to your skillet
  • Add chicken to the pan and turn the heat up to medum-high. 
  • Keep on the heat until browned on all sides. 
  • Add in the honey and stir until the honey loosens up. 
  • Add the bell pepper mix. 
  • Puree the Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can and set aside.
  • Brown the chicken on both sides and remove from heat.
  • Cook for an additional 3 minutes, then add all other ingredients (Veggies, Adobo, Pasta)
  • Make a basic Alfredo sauce (Butter, Parmesan, Heavy Cream, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder) and add in the Pureed chipotle peppers. Let it come to a simmer. Add your frozen peas to thaw in the sauce.
  • Add sauce, pasta, chicken in your pot adding the asparagus last or as a garnish. Add Cilantro or parsley and grated Parmesan as a topper. Tortilla strips if you want to be really authentic.
Keyword Copycat Recipe, The Cheesecake Factory

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Who doesn’t like a good Broccoli Cheese Soup? Well, my wife for one, but that isn’t the point.

It’s no-frills, easy, and you can add Jalapeños and bacon to it to send it over the top.

If you want another amazing recipe, try this Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

This right here is a soup for winners. Sometimes you just need a thick and hearty soup to warm the soul after a day chasing Polar Bears through the Arctic. This Broccoli Cheese Soup is super easy to make and tastes great.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings


  • 8 cups Broccoli chopped enough to go into the soup
  • 3 cups Sharp Cheddar
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 stalks Celery chopped
  • 8 tablespoons Salted Butter Go for just tastes better
  • 1 Yellow Onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour to thicken
  • 2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 large Carrot finely chopped


  • Place the butter along with the chopped onion and celery into a pot and sweat these bad boys off. Once translucent, add the flour making sure to keep stirring. If you think you can stop stirring, you are wrong. Keep stirring.
  • Add the broth and continue to stir. Add in the pepper and salt. After about 2 minutes, you are going to add the rest of the ingredients and let them cook down for about 7-10 minutes. Add in the milk and cheese. Make sure to keep the temperature on a solid 4/10 on the heat scale or you will scorch it and no one likes scorched soups.
  • Garnish with some Jalapeños and some more cheddar and you got yourself an amazing soup.
Keyword Soup
Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog

If you are like me, the thought of anything with Jalapeños or Habaneros in it just makes your mouth water.  That is why I had to try out the Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog.  Made with thick cut premium bacon, Nathans hot dogs, and premium cheddar cheese, this is sure to be a unique eat you will come back to over and over.  Now, what is so special about this Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog?  Well, let’s take a look.



For this recipe, I am going to be starting off with the best hot dogs on the market, Nathans.  If you disagree, you are just plain wrong and I feel sorry for you.  Nathans is an American staple and worth our praise.

Nathans Hot Dogs - Hungry Doug

A word for the wise here, you always want to use the best quality ingredients for everything that you do.  That goes for everything in life.  Life is too short to save a dollar on crappy ingredients.



Hungry Doug - Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dogs

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Hot Dogs

Made with thick cut premium bacon, Nathan's hot dogs, and premium cheddar cheese, this is sure to be a unique eat you will come back to over and over.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 hot dogs


  • 1 pack Nathans Hot Dogs Bun Length are best
  • 1 brick Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 pack Hot Dog Buns
  • 1 package bacon Thick Cut
  • Velveeta
  • Yellow Mustard


  • Slice your hot dogs down the middle all the way through. Next, slice your cheese into small strips that can be placed on top of half of the hot dog. Next, add the cheese to the middle of the hot dog. Add as much cheese as you would like.
  • Take raw strips of bacon and wrap the hot dog all the way. Make sure it is tightly wrapped.
  • Grill on a griddle to cook all the way through.
  • Slice the tops and bottoms off of your jalapeños and then slice down the middle, not cutting all the way through. Remove the white membrane and seeds.
  • Take the hollow jalapeno tubes and wrap the bacon chedar dog in it. Place these on a griddle as well and make sure to cook the jalapenño so it becomes softer.
  • Place in your bun and smother with mustard or cheese sauce.

How to make Cuban Picadillo

How to make Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo…Anyone that has ANY Cuban blood in them can make Picadillo from scratch, it’s a known fact.  It is the most basic of recipes that are simple to make, doesn’t break the bank, and is done in a matter of minutes.  When I was growing up, this was one of my mom’s go-to recipes when there wasn’t a lot of time and people were hungry.  I mean, how basic can you get with ground beef, olives, and tomato sauce and spices.

Origins of Picadillo

Many picadillo recipes derive from the one that Nitza Villapol put in her cookbook “Cocina Criolla,” published in 1954. Villapol, a writer and television host, was the closest thing Cuba has had to a Julia Child. Her shows were broadcast there for more than 40 years, and her cookbooks were a mainstay of Cuban home cooking from the 1959 revolution until her death in 1998.

Cortina’s first picadillo was a Villapol recipe, she said. Her mother had packed her off to Gainesville with the cookbook. “It was probably just beef and raisins then,” she said of her early attempts at the dish. “The first time, I skipped the tomatoes entirely.”

Picadillo roughly translates from the Spanish as “mince.” The dish bears some resemblance to American sloppy joes, or to hash. Some cooks use tomato sauce in the base. (Cortina’s mother, for one.) Others insist on fresh tomatoes.

Source: The New York Times

Take note, this meat is also used as a filling in several different recipes including Papas Rellenas and Empanadas.  You can serve it on Potatoes, Rice, in a sandwich, or as a side dish.



Hungry Doug- Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo

This is a recipe for a traditional Cuban Picadillo that doesn't break the bank and that every Cuban should know how to make.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound groud beef The leaner the better
  • 1 Green Pepper chopped fine
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 small can Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup Green Olives Sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Cilantro for Garnish


  • In a large skillet, start to brown the ground beef with the green pepper and onion.
  • Once browned, drain the grease from the saucepan.
  • Combine all the other ingredients and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove that Bay Leaf and serve it up over some rice and add the cilantro and WHAM, you will be craving Mojitos and Cuban Cigars in no time.


There is a topic of hot debate among Cuban households, and that is the addition of Potatoes and Raisins to the mix. My family are Picadillo purists and those things are blasphemy. If you would like to adulterate the recipe with raisins and potatoes, be my guest. The wonderful thing about Picadillo is that it is very forgiving, so experiment away!