Better Than Panda Express Orange Chicken
Wow. It seems like it’s been forever since I posted a recipe so I dug through my recipe binder and grabbed some of our favorites. I asked some friends of mine which I should post next and overwhelming they picked orange chicken. Here’s our version of Panda Express’ orange chicken. We think it’s better than Panda Express’ version but you be the judge.
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- 2 lbs boneless-skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” cubes)
- oil (for frying)
- 2 tbsp buttermilk
- 1½ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp oil
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup onion, chopped (green, yellow, red - your choice)
- 1 tbsp rice cooking wine
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup water, plus
- 3 tbsp water
- ½ cup white vinegar, plus
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- ½ cup sugar, plus
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Heat frying oil to 375*.
- In shallow dish, combine buttermilk, salt, pepper, and oil. Add chicken cubes.
- In another shallow dish, combine cornstarch and flour.
- Take chicken from wet mixture, dredge through dry mixture and place in fryer. Do not overcrowd fryer.
- Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden crisp.
- Remove from fryer and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all chicken is cooked.
- Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil.
- Add garlic and onions and fry until translucent.
- Add remaining sauce ingredients.
- Bring to a boil.
- Cook until sauce thickens slightly.
- Add cooked chicken to the sauce, stirring until well mixed.
- Serve over steamed rice.
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