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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WWEW: Panda Express Orange Chicken - Copycat Recipe

Happy hump day! For our "What We Eat Wednesday" I will be sharing with you a copycat recipe for Panda Express: Orange Chicken. A definite favorite in our household. Typically, when I go to Panda Express I get the Sweet Fire Chicken with noodles. However, I know not everyone is a fan of the spicy stuff, so I opted for the orange chicken.
Panda Express - Orange Chicken (Copycat Recipe) - Orchard Girls
Now, this ended up being a last minute pick by the hubby and I, but we REALLY wanted it. Of course, we didn't have all the ingredients that we needed - and we're at least 20 minutes from the nearest grocery store. So we did the next best thing, went to the mother-in-law one stop shop! She, of course, had everything we needed :) 
Panda Express - Orange Chicken (Copycat Recipe) - Orchard Girls
Here is what you'll need: Chicken
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast (cut into various 1 inch pieces)
  • 1-2 cups Self-Rising Flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil for frying
Here is what you'll need: Sauce
  • 3-4 oz Orange Juice ( I just used frozen can of OJ)
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Siracha Sauce (I used a bit more - fan of the spicy!)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
CHICKEN: 1. Heat the oil in your frying pan to about 375 degrees (make sure you have enough oil to cover the chicken).
2. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees (It takes a while to fry the chicken so once you finish a batch you can put it in the oven to keep warm)
3. Wisk your eggs in a small bowl till fully mixed
4. Fill a bowl with the self-rising flour
5. Once you've cut your chicken into pieces - one or two at at time - dip into the egg bowl, then into the flour. Repeat twice to fully coat.
6. Once you have about 5-10 pieces put them in your frying vessel and let fry til golden brown (about 10 minutes-ish)

SAUCE: 1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a small pot (making sure the cornstarch is dissolved before cooking). 
2. Cook on medium heat until the sauce thickens.
LAST STEP - Place fried chicken in a large bowl - and pour the sauce on top, mix until the chicken is fully coated. Serve immediately - I also added a sprinkle of red peppers! ENJOY :) Serve with rice or noodles!
 (recipe adapted from - Rachel Rockwell)
Panda Express - Orange Chicken (Copycat Recipe) - Orchard Girls
If you don't have time to fry your chicken you could also just cook a bag of frozen popcorn chicken and make the sauce - either way you'll love this recipe! Let me know what you think? Have you ever tried to copycat a restaurant recipe? I'd love for you to share it with us here at Orchard Girls :)

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  1. I LOVE Panda Express Orange Chicken! Thanks so much for the recipe! I can't wait to try this to have at home. Have a wonderful day!

    1. No problem, Brooke! Thank you for stopping by, be sure to stop back and let us know how it turned out :) I hope you have a wonderful day, as well.

  2. I love good Copy Kat recipes!!! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!!

  3. Love Panda Express Orange Chicken, this will definitely be one of my new recipes to try. Stopping by from Lovely Ladies Linky Party. Thanks for sharing. <3 Kim



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