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Copycat Panda Express™ Orange Chicken

copycat panda express™ orange chicken Entree Asian
Copycat Panda Express™ Orange Chicken
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 4

Take control of your takeout spending by making your favorite on-the-go recipe right at home. This Panda Express™ orange chicken recipe has a touch of sweet, a bit of spice and lots of sticky—it’s crunchy, saucy and delicious in all the right ways. MORE+ LESS-

Updated November 28, 2019

Ingredients

1/4
cup orange juice concentrate
3
tablespoons soy sauce
3
tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1
cup brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon red pepper flakes
2
boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
3
eggs, beaten
1 1/2
cups cornstarch
3/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1
cup coconut oil (for frying)
2
cups vegetable oil (for frying)

Steps

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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 425°F. In a pot, combine orange juice concentrate, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and red pepper flakes. Heat until boiling. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a large wok or skillet, heat coconut oil and vegetable oil to medium.
  • 3
    Add beaten eggs to a large bowl. In another bowl, combine cornstarch, salt and pepper. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, then in cornstarch, twice, finishing with a cornstarch layer.
  • 4
    Fry the battered chicken pieces in hot oil until golden brown. Transfer to a 9 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • 5
    Drizzle sauce over chicken. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to coat. Serve over sticky rice, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Crank up the spice-o-meter by increasing the amount of red pepper flakes.
  • Serve this copycat orange chicken with fried rice, plain rice or chow mein for an authentic Panda Express™ experience at home.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
610
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
3g
14%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
190mg
64%
Sodium
1210mg
51%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
101g
34%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
55g
Protein
24g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 5 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
7
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • The secret to why this copycat Panda Express™ orange chicken recipe is so good has to do with the battering. Normally a deep-fried piece of chicken would be covered in flour—not so in this recipe. Instead, we use cornstarch and egg for a lighter tempura-style coating.
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