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!


Add more or lessen some of the sauce ingredients based on what you do and don’t like. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Orange Chicken Panda Express - it's seriously so good!

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

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:

5 from 2 votes

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 350 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • italian dressing
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • green onions optional


  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 ยผ cup). Heat sauce up and let simmer.
  4. Add reserve ยผ 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!
Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 920mg 38%
Potassium 691mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Vitamin C 27.6%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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
  • 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!!
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    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™‚
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    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!
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    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!
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    Megan Keno

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

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


    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!

        Mary Ann

        I’d like to make these and always read reviews before I make recipes. This review says something about oyster sauce, but I don’t see it in the recipe. Just checking! Thanks!


    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.
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      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!


    Italian dressing– bottled or the dry mix???

      Lil' Luna

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


    What is ginger paste?? Is it just fresh ginger mashed up or what? Really want to make this!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Pretty much…just with water added ๐Ÿ™‚ If you love orange chicken, then you need to try this!


    As a mom of a big family, its nice to see remakes of popular foods we enjoy having when we’re out. Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

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