Crispy Orange Chicken (Panda Express Copycat Recipe)

No need to head to Panda Express when you can make this Crispy Orange Chicken at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 408 kcal
Author Stacey aka the Soccer Mom


  • 2 lb boneless & skinless chicken breast chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 c corn starch plus 1 tbsp
  • 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ginger root minced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c green onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil 

For the Orange Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • zest of 1 orange


To prepare the chicken:

  1. Mix together egg, salt, pepper and vegetable oil in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate medium sized bowl, add 1/2 cup corn starch and 1/4 cup flour and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1/4 cup water. Set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or large frying pot to 375 degrees.
  5. Chop your boneless and skinless chicken into bite-sized chunks. Dip chicken pieces in the egg mixture, roll in the corn starch mixture until lightly coated, and place in your fryer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. When chicken turns a golden brown, remove from the fryer and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Fry chicken in small batches to prevent lowering the oil temperature.

Put it all together:

  1. Using a wok or large skillet add oil, ginger root, and garlic to a large wok or skillet and stir fry for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in chili peppers and green onions.
  3. Add rice wine and stir to combine for less than a minute.
  4. Add orange sauce to wok and bring mixture to a boil.
  5. Add fried chicken pieces  and stir until coated in sauce.
  6. Stir in your small bowl of water/corn starch mixture and continue stirring until sauce thickens.
  7. Add sesame oil and stir until all ingredients are well incorporated and chicken is coated in a rich, thick orange sauce.
  8. Best enjoyed warm.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Orange Chicken (Panda Express Copycat Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 1470mg64%
Potassium 854mg24%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.