Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 556 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cups oil for frying


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp chili flake
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce optional
  • 2 tbsp water optional
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  1. Cube chicken and set aside.

  2. Mix salt, pepper, cornstarch and flour in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

  3. Add egg, water and oil until the consistency is like a batter.. Add chicken to the batter and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350. Add chicken and fry until golden brown (or about 5 minutes). Remove chicken and add to a paper towel-lined plate.

  5. Make sauce by adding oil to a pot and cooking on medium-high heat. Add red pepper flakes, ginger and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

  6. Add brown sugar and orange juice and stir to combine. Mix in vinegar and soy sauce until combined.

  7. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Add to the sauce pan and stir. Cook until sauce thickens.

  8. Add chicken and stir to coat. Top with sesame oil and sesame seeds if desired. Serve over rice or noodles. 

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 1241mg 52%
Potassium 372mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 5.1%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 19.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.