Homemade Panda express orange chicken

Panda Express Orange Chicken is a popular American Chinese dish known for its sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor. Making it at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here’s how you can create this dish:

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  1. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  4. Pepper to taste
  5. 1 cup cornstarch
  6. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  7. Oil for frying

For the Orange Sauce:

  1. 1 tablespoon oil
  2. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  4. 1/4 cup orange juice
  5. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  6. 1/3 cup sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  9. 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  10. 1/4 cup water
  11. 2 teaspoons orange zest
  12. 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

Preparing the Chicken:

  1. Marinate Chicken: In a bowl, whisk together the egg, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat.
  2. Dredge Chicken: In another bowl, mix cornstarch and flour. Dip each piece of egg-coated chicken into the flour mixture, ensuring a complete coat.
  3. Fry the Chicken: Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C). Fry the chicken pieces in batches until they are golden brown and fully cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Making the Orange Sauce:

  1. Sauté Aromatics: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and ginger, and sauté briefly until fragrant.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Add orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, brown sugar, soy sauce, and white vinegar to the pan. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add Cornstarch Slurry: Mix the cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Slowly stir this into the sauce, and continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
  4. Finish with Orange Zest: Once the sauce is thickened, add the orange zest and mix well.

Combining:

  1. Toss Chicken with Sauce: Place the fried chicken pieces in a large bowl. Pour the orange sauce over the chicken and toss to coat evenly.

Serving:

Serve your homemade Panda Express Orange Chicken hot, garnished with sesame seeds or green onions if desired. It pairs well with steamed rice or noodles.

Tips:

  • Consistency of the Sauce: Adjust the amount of cornstarch slurry to get your preferred sauce thickness.
  • Balancing Flavors: Taste the sauce as you cook and adjust the sugar, vinegar, or soy sauce to balance the sweet, tangy, and salty flavors.
  • Frying Chicken: Ensure the oil is at the right temperature for frying to get a crispy coating without absorbing too much oil.

Enjoy your homemade version of Panda Express’s famous Orange Chicken with its delightful mix of flavors!