Saturday, May 31, 2014

Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat Recipe

Panda Express Copycat Recipe - Orange Chicken with Fried Rice
I got home from work and decided that I wanted to be a chef today. I made Orange Chicken and Fried Rice. Let me tell you, it tasted so good and it tasted just like the real thing. This recipe was adapted from the book Top Secret Recipes, by Todd Wilbur. Here is the Fried Rice Recipe I used.

Would I make this recipe again? Taste wise....definitely! Did I think it was worth the time and effort? No, it was a lot more labor intensive than I prefer. I'll probably make it again when I have company over and want to impress someone, but other than that I will probably just drive over to Panda Express where it is already cooked and ready to go.

Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced (I didn't have this, so I substituted it with a little bit of nutmeg and paprika)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp chopped green onion
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp water

4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 cup ice water
1 egg
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups unsifted flour
2-4 cups vegetable oil

Combine 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, green onion, and crushed red pepper in a pot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Place chicken into large resealable bag. Add one cup of sauce to the bag and seal it. Let chicken marinade for at least 2 hours.

When chicken is done marinating, heat oil in a skillet to about 400 degrees.

While the oil is heating, combine the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture to the remaining sauce. Bring the sauce to a light boil, stirring constantly. When sauce begins to thicken, remove from heat. Cover and set aside.

Beat together the ice water and egg in a medium bowl. Add baking soda and salt. Add 1 cup of the flour and mix lightly. The batter may still be chunky and that's okay.

Coat chicken pieces in flour, then dip into the egg mixture. Heat in hot oil and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from oil and let the chicken drain.

Reheat the sauce. When the chicken is done, completely coat chicken in sauce. Stir once or twice. Do not overstir or you will risk mushy orange chicken. Eat immediately for that nice crispiness.


  1. Ooh, I am going to have to try this! It looks good!

    1. You definitely should. It is so good.