If you want to learn how to make Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken then look no further! This Orange Chicken recipe is the best with a tangy Orange Chicken Sauce and crispy chicken!
Course Main Course
Keyword Chinese Orange Chicken, Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken, Orange Chicken Recipe, Panda Express Orange Chicken
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 40minutes
Ingredients for the chicken:
1poundchicken breasts or thighs (really tasty) cut into irregular 1 inch cubes
1-2cupsself- rising flouror cornstarch if making gluten free
3cupsOil for deep frying or as many cups as you need for your fryer
Ingredients for orange chicken glaze/sauce:
1large orange juiced1 large orange is around 3/4 cups
1/4cuprice wine vinegarfound near the soy sauce in most grocery stores- use a brand like Nakano
1tsp.crushed red pepper flakes or 1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauceUse to taste. Add more if you like it spicy
1cloveof garlic minced
Heat the oil in a frying vessel or fryer to 375 degrees. This temperature is optimal for a deep fry. Make sure there is enough oil to cover the chicken.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until they are mixed thoroughly. In another medium sized bowl put 1 cup of the flour or cornstarch (you can add more later if you need it). Dip the chicken first in the eggs then coat the pieces with the flour. Repeat this step until you have the desired amount to fry.
Next, take around 1/4 of the coated chicken and add the chicken to the hot oil in the fryer or frying pan. Depending on your frying vessel the chicken will need to be fried in batches. The chicken pieces should not be touching in the fryer. You will know they are ready to take out when the coating is medium brown and the inside of the chicken reaches at least 165 degrees. Around 3 to 5 minutes.
Meanwhile make the sauce: Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pot (making sure that the cornstarch is dissolved before cooking. Heat on medium heat until the sauce thickens. This will take around 7 minutes.
Last step: Place fried chicken in a large sized bowl and pour the sauce on top. Toss lightly until all chicken is coated. Serve immediately.
You can also make this recipe without frying the chicken:Optional Method 1. Stir fry the chicken in a small amount of oil until the outside of the chicken is golden brown and insides are cooked through. Optional Method 2. In a pinch you can use store bought chicken nuggets if you don't want to fry. These will need to be baked so keep that in mind time wise.Optional Method 3. Use grilled nuggets or grilled chicken for a non-fried Orange Chicken version. It's really good this way too!