Better Than Panda Express Orange Chicken

About Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, she responds to Yoast support requests, and she loves to ramble on about anything. When not doing those, she can be found slaving over the kitchen stove cooking for her family, curled up with a good book or watching any one of her favorite TV shows.

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    • Angi

      We’ve had appetizer dinner where we serve all finger foods and bite size everything. We’ll have to add crab rangoon to our recipe to do list as they’re one of Tim’s favorites, too.

  1. Emily

    Yum! this looks really good. The rafflecopter wasn’t loading for me… I’ll have to come back later for your giveaway. Glad I have this recipe though now! Stopping by as part of the blogathon. Emily@nap-timecreations

    • Angi

      Dredging makes it look lumpy but if you use a liquid batter, you’ll get an even coating. Mix the buttermilk/oil and flour/cornstarch in this recipe to make a liquid batter but you might need more buttermilk/oil to make it a pancake batter consistency.

  2. Taynia | The Fiscal Flamingo

    I do love me some orange chicken, but my husband doesn’t. Since he does all our cooking, it’s never on the menu. Ha! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • Angi

      We’ve done Chinese buffet nights. Make 1/2 recipes of a couple different main and side dishes along with a yummy dessert. It’s not uncommon for us to do buffet dinners when introducing a new recipe.

  3. C. Lee Reed

    I am so going to make this on the weekend. It never even occurred to me to try to make Chinese Food; we just go get it. I can’t wait to try it and since I’m not someone that enjoys cooking…I like that it appears to be an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Angi

      We used to be that way, too. We made all sorts of food at home but never Chinese. I’m learning to enjoy cooking. It’s super easy as that’s pretty much a rule when I cook. If it’s too complicated, the recipe find it’s way to the trash. I don’t do complicated. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

  4. Lily S.

    Kudos! I absolutely love Orange Chicken…. I just wish I had time to prepare a great recipe like yours for my family. I’m sure it’s much more healthy when you can clean and prepare your chicken knowing you’re using good quality grade poultry. I”m going to print this out and keep for when I have time to use it because it sure sounds delicious!

    • Angi

      You can make it ahead by doing large batches of the chicken and pop them in the freezer in full meal portions. Then the morning of the day you want to eat it, take out the chicken from the freezer and put it in the fridge to thaw. At dinner time, take out the chicken from the fridge and let it come to room temperature while you make the sauce and cook the rice. Toss the chicken in the sauce and serve over the rice. Much easier for those busy days!

  5. Missy

    Yum yum and yum! Your recipe looks divine and simple, which is a plus to me. I will have to try my hand at this one, doesn’t look to complicated at all. Thanks for sharing, Angi.

    p.s. The recipe plugin looks cool, too. I’ll have to bookmark this one.

  6. Jessica T

    This looks delicious. I miss Panda Express. There isn’t one by where I live. I may have to try making this. Can I substitute something for cornstarch? I try to stay away from corn based products. Any suggestions would be great. Looks yummy!

  7. Amy Boyington

    Oh my goodness – orange chicken is by far one of my favorite Chinese dishes. This looks delicious! I tend to stay away from making Chinese food at home because I usually have to buy so many wacky ingredients I don’t use for anything else. This one, however, I might just have to bite the bullet and try it out!

    • Angi

      Someone after my own heart. I prefer soy sauce over the sweet and sour sauce. I have a sweet & sour chicken recipe but haven’t put it through our test kitchen. I might just have to add it to our menu soon.

    • Angi

      Sometimes for variation, we have an Sesame-Orange Chicken recipe that we’ve done a few times. It takes a little more prep than this recipe but is just as yummy. We’ve only done one chicken dumpling recipe and it was a tad on the challenging side so we’re still looking for a good one. Do you have one to share?

  8. Tristan

    I love orange chicken but can’t eat it now with a soy allergy in the house. I’m going to try your recipe minus the soy sauce!

    My favorite Chinese food is beef and broccoli. Mmm, heavy on the broccoli please!

    • Angi

      I probably wouldn’t remove the soy entirely but substituting it would be ok. I’ve heard that beef broth works and also diluted Worcestershire sauce in other dishes so it might work in this one, too. If you do try a substitute, report back on your results so we can add them to the recipe notes for others.

  9. Nikki

    I bookmarked this! I love orange chicken but don’t have the money to eat out often. I tried some frozen version from the grocery store and it wasn’t even close! Definitely going to give this one a try! Actually, I’m going to give it to my boyfriend so he can give it a try. I’m a little cooking challenged! 🙂

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