Orange Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) Recipe

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Restaurant style food at home and that too a way under the budget is an amazing thing to achieve as a home cook. 

And who does not love restaurant food right! so why not make at home in a lot less money if you are living on a budget plus enjoy it while in your pajamas.

I wanted to make this Easy Panda Express Style Orange Chicken this week and there was enough boneless chicken in the freezer

I would say you can try this recipe and even many of my recipes with thigh meat,that will be more juicier if you prefer but I personally like breast meat more in such recipes.
This is closest to the takeout Orange Chicken that you have been trying from many of your favorite Asian /Chinese Restaurants,perfectly Sticky Orange Chicken that goes well with Asian rice.

I have shared many restaurant style copycat recipes here before. I will list a few for you to have a look:
Sticky good Orange Chicken served with sticky rice
Delicious homemade Orange Chicken just like from Panda express served with rice
How to make perfect Orange Chicken(Restaurant style):
  • First, marinate and fry the chicken pieces. You can bake the chicken too but I personally prefer to fry the chicken,so does my family. 
  • Frying the chicken gives a crunch to chicken ,whereas baking will make the final dish little softer than crunchier.
  • If you are baking the chicken then make sure you are turning the chicken once or twice in between to ensure even cooking.
  • The trick to get the sauce right is by the right measurement of cornstarch in the sauce mix. 
  • If you add too much cornstarch to the sauce ratio then final chicken will be with lots of doughy lumps around chicken,make sure the cornstarch to sauce ratio is perfect.
  • DO NOT add more cornstarch to the sauce mix.
  • If you are looking for vegetarian recipe of this then try using Tofu / Cauliflower / Cottage Cheese instead of chicken to make Orange Chicken.
  • You need to cook the fried chicken in sauce till the sauce coats the chicken well and consume it immediately.
  • Leftovers can be consumed but the taste will vary than fresh made.
Sticky restaurant style Orange Chicken - so good and easy to make at home topped with some chopped spring onion and served with sticky rice
Panda Express copycat chicken recipe of Orange Chicken served hot

Best Takeout Style Sticky Orange Chicken you can make at home in easy steps!

Orange Chicken Recipe(Panda Express Copycat)

Prasanna Hede
Published 01/29/2019
Orange Chicken Recipe(Panda Express Copycat)
Easy,delicious,sticky Orange Chicken just like from restaurant! Better than takeout in terms of being under budget and homemade.


    • 1/2 lb Chicken Breast/Thigh Meat,cut into bite size pieces
    • 1 Egg
    • As per need Salt
    • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Ground
    • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
    • 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
    • 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour / Maida
    • Water as per need to make batter
    • For Sauce:
    • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
    • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar  / White Distilled Vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
    • 1/2 tsp Paprika
    • 1/2 tsp Garlic,minced
    • 1/2 tsp Ginger,minced
    • As per need,Salt
    • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
    • 1/2 Tbsp Corn Starch mixed with 1 Tbsp Water
  • Extra:
  • Spring Onion Greens for Garnish
  • Oil to fry


  1. Clean the chicken and marinate the chicken with egg,salt,cornstarch,flour,soy sauce,pepper ground.
  2. Add water to this little by little to make the batter enough to be smooth and coat the chicken pieces.Do not make this thick or runny.
  3. Heat oil in a pan enough to submerge the chicken.
    When hot,slowly drop the chicken pieces in batches and fry till golden brown.
    Drain them on kitchen tissue and keep aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl add the ingredients mentioned for sauce.
    Mix well till combined.
  5. In a pan,add the sauce mix and let it come to a boil.
    Add the chicken pieces to sauce mix and let them cook till chicken is coated well with sauce and thick.
    Switch off the flame and let it sit for few minutes.
    Toss further and garnish with spring onion greens.
  6. Serve while hot with noodles/fried rice/sticky rice.
  7. Enjoy hot!
Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 00:15:00 mins.
Cook time: 00:25:00 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: orange chicken,panda express

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