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Panda Express Copycat Orange Chicken

Craving the unmistakable flavors of Panda Express Orange Chicken but want to savor it in the comfort of your home? Look no further. Our Panda Express Copycat Orange Chicken recipe brings the essence of this beloved dish to your kitchen, allowing you to indulge in the familiar flavors of crispy chicken bathed in a tantalizing orange glaze. Get ready to elevate your home-cooking game and impress your taste buds with every bite.

Why settle for takeout when you can recreate the magic of Panda Express Orange Chicken at home? Crafting this dish allows you to customize the ingredients, control the level of sweetness and spice, and experience the joy of preparing a Panda Express favorite from scratch. The enticing aroma wafting through your kitchen is an added bonus. So, let’s embark on a culinary adventure that promises to deliver the authentic taste of Panda Express right to your dining table

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • Chicken Breast (cut into bite-sized pieces) or Chicken Thighs (for best results)
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Corn Starch
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (approximately 1 Tbsp each)

Orange Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest or Lemon Zest (either or)
  • 4 – 6 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Starch mixed with water to make a slurry
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepare the Chicken:

  • Whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, corn starch, salt, and pepper.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the egg white, then coat with the flour mixture.

2. Fry the Chicken:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

3. Make the Panda Express Copycat Orange Sauce:

  • In a saucepan, combine vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, sesame seeds (optional), orange juice, ginger, and orange or lemon zest.
  • Add honey to the mixture and bring to a simmer.

4. Thicken the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, mix starch with water to create a slurry.
  • Slowly pour the slurry into the simmering sauce, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.

5. Coat the Chicken:

  • Toss the fried chicken pieces into the thickened orange sauce, ensuring they are evenly coated.

6. Garnish and Serve:

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds (optional) over the coated chicken for an extra touch.
  • Serve your Panda Express Copycat Orange Chicken over steamed rice or noodles.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For an extra crunch, double-fry the chicken by repeating the coating and frying process.
  • Adjust honey quantities based on your preference for sweetness.
  • Grate the ginger for a more intense flavor kick.

Variations:

  1. Spicy Panda Express Orange Chicken:
    • Increase crushed red pepper flakes for an added kick.
  2. Garlic Lovers Panda Express Orange Chicken:
    • Double the minced garlic for a robust garlic flavor.
  3. Teriyaki Twist:
    • Add 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce to the orange sauce for a savory twist.

What to Serve With:

  • Steamed jasmine rice
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Stir-fried vegetables
  • Broccoli or green beans
  • Orange slices for garnish

Storage Tips:

  • Store leftover Panda Express Copycat Orange Chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  • Reheat in the oven for a few minutes to maintain the crispy texture.

How Much to Make for Family Gatherings?

  • Plan on approximately 1/2 to 3/4 pound of chicken per person, adjusting based on the size of your gathering and other menu items.

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Homemade Orange Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken

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Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, corn starch, salt, and pepper. Dip each chicken piece into the egg white, then coat with the flour mixture.

  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

  3. In a saucepan, combine vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, sesame seeds (optional), orange juice, ginger, and orange or lemon zest. Add honey to the mixture and bring to a simmer.

  4. In a small bowl, mix starch with water to create a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the simmering sauce, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.

  5. Toss the fried chicken pieces into the thickened orange sauce, ensuring they are evenly coated.

  6. Sprinkle sesame seeds (optional) over the coated chicken for an extra touch. Serve your homemade Orange Chicken over steamed rice or noodles.

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