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Simple Orange Chicken

If you love Panda Express' orange chicken, you'll love this "at home" version!! Flavorful, simple to make, and a family favorite!!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 6
Author: The Cookin' Chicks


  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp ginger root, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 10 tbsp white vinegar
  • Zest of an orange


  • Make the sauce by combining soy sauce, 3 tbsp. water, sesame oil, sugar, white vinegar, and the orange zest.
  • Prepare the cornstarch mixture by dissolving 1 tbsp. corn starch in 1/4 cup water. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the egg, salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp. oil. Whisk together to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the 1/2 cup cornstarch and flour. Set aside.
  • In a large frying pan, heat oil to 375.
  • Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, followed by the flour mixture.
  • Put chicken in heated oil and cook for about 4 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  • Transfer chicken to a cooling rack or plate covered with paper towel and continue process until all chicken is coated and fried.
  • Once chicken is cooked, drain oil.
  • Add 1 tbsp. oil, ginger root, and garlic. Cook over medium heat for about 15 seconds.
  • Add in the crushed red pepper and green onions, cooking for about 20 seconds longer.
  • Add rice wine and orange sauce, bringing to a boil.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and cook a bit longer, until it thickens.
  • Turn off heat and add chicken to pan. Toss to coat thoroughly.
  • Serve!!
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