Better Than Panda Express Orange Chicken


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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104 Responses

  1. That orange chicken looks yummy. I would love any of those prizes, except the wordpress plugin, because I don’t have wordpress 🙂

  2. Okay…it is only 9;30 in the morning and I am now hungry for Panda Express. Thanks for that! Ha!
    I havent made anything like this for a long time, going to print it out and give it a shot!

  3. Jean says:

    That sounds really good! I may have to try it. I’m partial to the appetizers like egg rolls and crab rangoon when it comes to Chinese food.

    • Angi says:

      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.

  4. Seriously, orange chicken IS my favorite Chinese food! Followed closely by chicken and broccoli. I’m definitely going to have to give this recipe a try! Thank you!

  5. Cat @ TOTS says:

    I love wonton soup! It is the best. Although, this chicken looks absolutely amazing, I will have to make it!!

  6. Kemi Quinn says:

    Yumm! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to substitute for the soy sauce but I would like to try it.

  7. Emily says:

    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. [email protected]

  8. yummy! I want to try it. It looks great ;D I’m keeping the recipe in my bookmarks!

  9. Rochelle says:

    I love love orange chicken. My other favorite is fried rice. My sister in law lived in China for a while and makes the best fried rice! I also love marfar chicken. I’m pretty boring with what I like.

  10. Dara says:

    I love Chinese Food. My favorite is Chicken w Broccoli. Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from the Blogelina Commentathon!

    ~ Dara

  11. Sounds like a great recipe! One to try out for sure! Thanks for sharing!

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

  12. Kate says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to give this a try. I’m always amazed by people who can make figure out copycat recipes of restaurants.

  13. Brittany says:

    Yum! I’ll have to try this out one day!

  14. athena says:

    OMG what a fantastic recipe. Definitely gonna try this at some point.

  15. Jana says:

    OOOH! I will have to veganize this. My daughter works at Panda Express. I’ll have to have her bring some home so we can do a comparison. I love doing things like that!

  16. Katrina says:

    Yum! It looks great. The breading is so even too. I always seem to get really lumpy breading. Practice will make perfect I guess :).

    • Angi says:

      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.

  17. Marissa says:

    Sounds yummy! I don’t know if I really have a favorite Chinese dish…I just love it all!

  18. Taynia | The Fiscal Flamingo says:

    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 says:

      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.

  19. 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 says:

      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.

  20. Pamela says:

    We LOVE Orange Chicken! Good recipe and easy to follow. My son will be impressed next time he visits. Thanks!

  21. Cori says:

    Sounds yummy! I’m going to have to try this with my family sometime. Thanks!

  22. Lily S. says:

    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 says:

      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!

  23. Maura says:

    i love giveaways! Especially ones that give me a great recipe to pin!

  24. Jaime says:

    I love Panda Express chicken! This sounds really good!

  25. Missy says:

    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.

  26. stacey says:

    I don’t know what it is about Chinese food, but it always gets my mouth watering. Love when I can make it at home too. Save the money and calories! This seriously looks delicious

  27. Jacquelyn says:

    Wish I could try this! But our gas stove is kind of touchy and I’m afraid to fry anything in oil on it.

  28. This sounds great. I would have to make a few substations are we do not use soy and try to avoid sugar but I bet it tastes wonderful! Homemade Chinese food is always so rewarding!

  29. Jessica T says:

    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!

  30. That recipe looks delicious!! I love cooking and I love Chinese so I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  31. 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 says:

      The only ingredient that was not in our kitchen was the rice cooking wine so when we made it the first time, I substituted water and it was still pretty good.

  32. Cherise says:

    That Orange Chicken sounds awesome! I like Sweet & Sour Chicken too although I never use the actual sweet and sour sauce, I like it with soy sauce 🙂

    • Angi says:

      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.

  33. Shauna S says:

    This looks great! I love sesame chicken and dumplings. I really like the Dim Sum places, but usually they are in the city. I will try this recipe or make the hubby do it.

    • Angi says:

      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?

  34. Tammy says:

    I love Chinese food and its been so long since I have either made some or gone out for a good meal. This looks like a keeper. Yummers!!!

  35. Thank you for the recipe Angi! My husband absolutely hates Panda Express but I do. I see your recipe as a good compromise 🙂

  36. I’ve never cooked orange chicken at home and glad to have a good recipe at hand.

    First time on your blog from Blogelina and heading over to check out your other posts.

  37. Looks yummy! But I can’t try it out as I am on the Paleo diet. 🙁 I will try to think of replacements for some ingredients though.

  38. Tristan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  39. tiffany says:

    I should NOT look at recipes when I’m hungry! lol I love orange chicken so I will have to try this! 🙂

  40. Jim says:

    This looks absolutely delicious, we love orange chicken so we’ll have to give this one a try!

  41. Kristin says:

    WOW this looks so yummy (and pretty easy to make). Definitely saving this for my recipe book! Thank you!

    • Angi says:

      I don’t do complicated recipes! I was pretty cooking challenge when Tim and I married but I’ve slowly learned over the years. That’s why Tim is our primary cook!

  42. Kasey Shuler @ Well of Health says:

    Wow this looks amazing! I love orange chicken. I might even have all these ingredients on hand too!

  43. Nikki says:

    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! 🙂

  44. dona says:

    I love orange chicken and I’ve never even thought to make it at home. This looks pretty easy, though!

    • Angi says:

      Until we moved out into rural country, we hadn’t thought of making Chinese food at home. We felt it was complex and thus must be hard to make. Boy, were we wrong!

  45. SH says:

    I love Chinese. I can’t wait to try this, I’ve never tried Orange Chicken before.

  46. I’ve never had Panda Express, but yum! This sounds really tasty!

  47. Tamara says:

    My family loves Chinese, however I prefer to eat it at home. I will have to try this recipe soon. The Orange Chicken recipe that I use is a little different.

  48. Misty says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. My husband can not wait for me to cook it for him. Please keep sharing more yummy recipes. 🙂

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