How to Make Orange Chicken Like Panda Express

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How to Make Orange Chicken Like Panda Express
Orange chicken is delicious, but takes little time to make. (Chinese Sichuan dish image by jorisvo from

Have you tasted the yummy orange chicken from Panda Express and wanted to make it yourself but didn't know how? It's simple to make, and you could be eating this tasty treat in a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • 0.907kg. boneless chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Olive oil (or any frying oil)
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onions
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbs. water
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp white vinegar

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  1. 1

    Cut chicken into small squares and place in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add egg, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp oil and mix well. Add cornstarch (be sure to leave about 1 tsp remaining in the bowl for use later) and flour and mix well. Add chicken to mixture and coat well.

  2. 2

    Preheat a deep skillet or wok with a little bit of oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken to the heated pan and cook until pieces are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove the cooked chicken from pan and drain.

  3. 3

    Make the sauce. In a preheated clean skillet that is lightly greased with 1 tbs. oil, add ginger and garlic and heat for a few seconds, until you can smell the mixture. Add pepper flakes and onions to the ginger and garlic mixture and sauté for 15 seconds. Add orange zest. Add the soy sauce and rice wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Combine the chicken with the orange sauce, mix well and set aside (preferably on a burner that is not in use).

  4. 4

    Add water to the remaining cornstarch and mix well. Combine cornstarch mixture with chicken with orange sauce and heat until sauce has thickened up. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • Read the directions once through to make sure you don't miss a step.
  • Always preheat your pans before you start cooking, it makes them heat evenly.
  • Always use a separate cutting board and utensils for raw chicken.

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