Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Main Dishes · Recipes · October 21, 2017

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken - this Asian dish is a new favorite dinner recipe and easy too! Chicken sauce is made from orange juice & zest, oyster sauce, honey, and ginger!

Hey guys! I’m back with that second AWESOME recipe I mentioned last week. Our family has always been fans of Panda Express and we recently saw a copycat recipe for their Orange Chicken on Brown Thumb Mama. We knew we had to give it a try since it’s our favorite chicken from the chain.ย We really liked the recipe and devoured it in no time! It tasted very similar toPanda Express Orange Chicken, and we are so excited that we can now making this delicious recipe at home.

I know that this chicken is usually served with just rice or noodles/chow mein, but I think we will try making it with broccoli next time. We may even add some other veggies since we love them and think they’ll make a great addition to the recipe.

Healthier than Panda Orange Chicken - this Asian dish is a new favorite dinner recipe and easy too! Chicken sauce is made from orange juice & zest, oyster sauce, honey, and ginger!

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Yay for finding great copycat recipes to make at home!! And orange chicken is one of the best recipes ever so we hope you like this version as much as we did.

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How to make Panda Express Orange Chicken:

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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken
 
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Italian dressing
  • 2 TB butter
Sauce:
  • 2 TB soy sauce
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 TB ginger paste
  • 1 TB corn starch
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • green onions (optional)
Instructions
  1. Marinade chicken over night in Italian dressing. Cube and set in a large pan with 2 TB of simmering butter. Cook until browned. Remove to a paper towel when cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, prep your sauce by mixing orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic and ginger paste in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add sauce mixture to pan (except ¼ cup). Heat sauce up and let simmer.
  4. Add reserve ¼ cup sauce to bowl and add corn starch - mix and dissolve. Add this back to the remaining sauce.
  5. Heat until sauce reaches desired thickness. Add in your chicken and toss with sauce. Serve with rice or noodles. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted fromย Brown Thumb Mama.

Healthier than Panda Orange Chicken - this Asian dish is a new favorite dinner recipe and easy too! Chicken sauce is made from orange juice & zest, oyster sauce, honey, and ginger!
Tried and True Findings:
  • DIFFICULTY: Simple
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 2-3
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: Made lots of changes to try and get the Panda Express flavor a little better. We also marinated the chicken.
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME:ย We would love to add veggies and give this a try.
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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    I love healthy takes on classic take-out menu foods… this version looks super delicious!!

    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Not only does it look good, but it is super easy to make! My daughter would be thrilled to have this meal packed in her lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

    Justine | Cooking and Beer

    I spent most of my college years at panda express, and I’m thinking your version sounds soooo much better! Looks amazing!

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    My 10 year old LOVES orange chicken, I can’t wait to make this for him. He will go crazy for it!

    Megan Keno

    My guilty pleasure is Panda Express orange chicken! I am totally going to have to try this!

    Cookin Canuck

    This looks so much better than the Panda version. My family would love this healthier recipe.

    eat good 4 life

    I love quick chicken dinners and this one looks fantastic. Very flavorful.

      Lil' Luna

      We love quick chicken dinners too – thanks for stopping by!

    Crystal

    I love new healthy meals especially ones that involve chicken which is what we eat 6 nights a week. Thanks so much!!

    Kellie A.

    Sounds delicious… but is oyster sauce replaceable with something else? I’m not a fan… ๐Ÿ™

      Lil' Luna

      I honestly don’t know. Google is my best friend ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a fan either, but you can’t taste it in the recipe. I’m not sure how’d it taste if you just left it out. If you give it a try, let me know what you think or if you leave it out or find a substitute for it. Thank you so much! It really is a yummy recipe!

    Shawnna

    hey girl- this looks so good! I love Panda Express to! Have a great weekend!

    Lynda Wise

    Woman…I have always been a fan but today you know my guilty sin. Contributing to the delinquency of a senior huh? I go to a weight loss meeting each week and love the program but when I leave there I go straight to Panda and buy an ala carte box (size medium or large) and dig in before I get home. Then I am on program the rest of the week. Lord, my precious Lord….forgive my Panda Orange Chicken desires๐Ÿ˜Š. Thanks Karen….I am looking forward to trying this. Keep up the good work for us all.

    Pam | BrownThumbMama

    Yum! Those are great improvements to my recipe…can’t wait to try marinating the chicken the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you for such a yummy recipe!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to share!!

    Lara @ Tiny Quality Homes

    Wow, thanks for this Kristyn. This copycat orange chicken looks really delicious and relatively simple to make. My family would love this.

      Lil' Luna

      It is!! Let me know what you think, if you try! Thank you!

    juegos de twizl

    This looks so much better, this great. My family would love this healthier recipe.thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! I hope they will enjoy it!! Thank you!

    Charlaine

    Italian dressing– bottled or the dry mix???

      Lil' Luna

      It’s the bottled (liquid) kind ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you like it!!

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