Orange Chicken

My family loved Orange Chicken from Panda Express.  Unfortunately (or maybe it is fortunately, it depends on the day) the closest Panda is 50 miles away.

 My sister-in-law, Meagan, posted this recipe for Orange Chicken on her blog.  It's pretty close to Panda's.  My kids gobble it up and are so excited when I make it.

It takes a little longer to make because you have to fry the chicken.   Yes, I said,'s totally worth the extra calories though.  I have grilled the chicken and then drizzled it with the sauce too.  Still yummy, but doesn't have that extra chicken crunch.

I use this Chili Garlic Sauce in the sauce.  This is one of the things that makes this chicken yummy and super special.  You can get it at your local grocery store in the Asian food section. 

I also think that using fresh ginger adds another special flavor to it.  Never used fresh ginger before?  Check out my fresh ginger post here

Recipe updated 4/18/17.  I've been making this for six years now and my family still loves it. 

Orange Chicken

3 or more chicken breasts
2 eggs
salt and pepper
1 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. flour
canola oil

Orange Sauce
1 T. oil (I use olive oil)
1 T. minced fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. chili sauce or 1/2 tsp. crushed hot red chili pepper
1/4 c. green onions, chopped
1 T. rice wine vinegar or rice vinegar
3 T. soy sauce
3 T. water
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. vinegar (I usually use apple cider vinegar)

1 /4 c. water
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
zest from one orange

1.  Cut 3 or more chicken breasts into pieces. Place chicken pieces in large bowl.  Beat eggs in a separate bowl.  Mix in salt and pepper.  Pour egg mixture over chicken and stir coating all pieces.  In another bowl mix cornstarch and flour together.   Dip chicken pieces into cornstarch/flour mixture.  Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.

(Sometimes I put all the chicken pieces out on a cookie sheet and cover them with the flour mixture.  Or you could shake the chicken and flour mixture in a ziplog bag until coated.)

2.  Heat oil to 375 degrees for deep-frying in deep frying pan, wok or deep-fryer.  Add chicken, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden crisp. (Do not overcook chicken). Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; set aside.

3.  In a separate sauce pan, heat 1 T. oil.  Add 1 T. freshly minced ginger and 1 tsp. minced garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 10 seconds. Add and stir-fry chili garlic sauce/or crushed chili pepper and 1/4 cup green onion, chopped. Add 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar and stir 3 seconds.   Add soy sauce, water, sugar, and vinegar.  Bring to a low bowl.

4.  Stir ¼ c. water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth and add to sauce. Heat until thickened. Stir in ½ tsp. sesame oil and orange zest. If you aren’t planning on eating the zested orange, squeeze juice into pan and stir into sauce.  Pour sauce over cooked chicken.  

Serve over rice or quinoa.


  1. Jenny,

    where did you get your rice whine vinegar?


  2. Hi Jet! I actually don't use rice wine vinegar (I never remember to buy it), but they have it at Smith's. I use place rice vinegar instead.

  3. I printed this recipe and then noticed that the only orange in it is the zest. Is that right? That gives it enough flavor to be orange chicken?

  4. Hi Liz! Yep, that's all it needs. You could always squeeze some juice in it, if you want it extra orange-y. I'm sure it would be yummy.

  5. Hey Jenny,
    I'm excited to try this recipe, Laura LOVES orange chicken and I've never made it before, she only get's it when we're in Santa Fe :)

  6. Again your blog comes to the rescue for my "I don't know what to make for dinner" blues.

  7. How did I miss this recipe before? I'm so excited to try it! This is Emeline and Kaylee's favorite restaurant. When Annah and Richie were here they wanted to go to a "fancy" Santa Fe restaurant for their anniversary and Kaylee suggested Panda Express.


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