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Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe

Crispy and tender chicken covered in authentic orange sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: chicken, orange chicken, orange sauce
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 445kcal



  • 500 to 600 g skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 60 g cornstarch
  • 150 g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 175 ml water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 500 ml oil for frying


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 30 g white sugar
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 100 ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange pulp
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 2 tbsps cornstarch


  • Cut the chicken thighs into small pieces that are approximately 1x1 inches.
  • In a deep bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper with water, oil and egg. Use the mixer so the batter doesn’t have any lumps.
  • Put the chicken into the batter, stir well and leave it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. You can also leave it overnight and then prepare it the next day.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in batches, in deep and heated oil until golden, for about 3 minutes. Put the fried chicken on a paper towel and repeat for all the chicken.
  • Stir fry the chilli flakes, chopped ginger and garlic. Add white and brown sugar and stir all the time. When the sugar is melted, add fresh orange juice, soya sos and vinegar. In a cup, whisk together cornstarch with water until there are no lumps and then add it to the sauce.
  • When the sauce is thick, add fried chicken and stir for one more minute.