Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken is a knockoff version  of the restaurant classic crispy chicken  in a  tangy orange glaze.
Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken is my recipe of the day with the blogging group  From Our Dinner Table. We post weekly  on various food  topics and share our recipes.

This  week we are discussing  and sharing recipes using citrus.

For my part, I decided to share my recipe for Panda Express Orange Chicken, which is a stir-fry of crispy fried chicken  coated in  a tangy and zesty orange glaze.

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

I had bought a bottle of  the sauce at the market not too long before and decided to take the opportunity to figure it out. Then I decided to make the base with orange marmalade for a nice sweet  stickiness, supplemented by  other vital ingredients. My family joined me in side-by-side taste tests of the sauce and we could not discern any difference between them (except that theirs was slightly spicier) so I guess all  is well. You can up the heat a notch if you like, but my daughter  prefers a little less spicy so I  went that way.

It is always easier to add in  heat, but you can’t take it out. Trust me about that. Especially the advice columns on chili saying add a potato or a ton of sugar. The only way on those is to make  a second batch without  the spice and stir them together. Otherwise you’ll end up with a disgusting  mess.

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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Sue Lau
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 4


For the Chicken:

  • 1-1/3 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • cooking oil
  • 2-3 sliced green onions
  • steamed rice

For the Sauce: (Yield one cup)

  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade or jam
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • Stir together ingredients for sauce and bring to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and cool.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet several inches deep.
  • Coat chicken in cornstarch and shake off excess.
  • Fry chicken pieces in hot oil until golden and cooked through; toss cooked chicken with sauce when it is all ready.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and serve with rice.


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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

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5 responses

  1. Now this is my kind of meal. Our Panda Express is a bit gross inside so I don’t trust the food but love this dish. Making it at home now!

  2. This reminds me of all those dinners we made at home as kid. From orange chicken to egg drop soup and even homemade eggrolls! Such great fun! Totally making this.

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