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Panda Express Orange Chicken (But Better)

Fried chicken, coated in a sweet soy orange glaze. Sounds easy enough to me... But Can we beat Panda Express? INGREDIENTS: Chicken...

Fried chicken, coated in a sweet soy orange glaze. Sounds easy enough to me... But Can we beat Panda Express?


Chicken Dredge:

  • 1.5# Chicken thighs

  • 1 egg

  • Salt

  • Msg

  • 1 cup (140g) corn starch

  • 1/2 cup (75g) all purpose flour


  • 3/4 cup (170g) sugar

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) White vinegar

  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp (90ml) double fermented Soy sauce (regular is fine too)

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water plus

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange

  • Splash saixing wine

  • Splash chinkian vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp (10g) Corn starch plus 1 tbsp water

  • 4 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 inch knob ginger, grated

  • 1-2 Red fresno chilies, finely minced


Sauce Method:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, water, and zest and juice of an orange. Whisk together and bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Reduce to medium heat once boiling and let simmer while optionally adding saixing wine and chinkian vinegar. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.

  3. Separately mix together cornstarch and water then whisk into the hot sauce for an additional minute or thickened.

  4. Immediately add grated garlic and ginger, and finely minced fresno chilies. Whisk and let steep.

Chicken Method:

  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and lightly season with salt.

  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together cornstarch and all-purpose flour.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs with a splash of water.

  4. Toss the chicken pieces into the flour mixture then egg mixture, and then back into the flour mixture. Place to the side and rinse and repeat.

  5. Fill a heavy bottom pot with frying oil 2-3” high and heat to 375F.

  6. Fry chicken in batches for 3-5 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

  7. Toss chicken and the sauce in a bowl until fully coated.

  8. Serve topped with green onions and sliced fresh fresno chilis


Jaien Gore
Jaien Gore
Mar 28

Hey Joshua!

Can I make this using a sugar substitute? What is saixing wine (can we use a different type of wine) and what is chinkian vinegar?

Thank you for the great videos!



Arich Mark
Arich Mark
Jan 30

Orange Chicken is my favorite dish. I literally cook this item often.

But, I think cooking this item with air fryer will be more healthy.

I usually follow <a href="">Air Fryer Orange Chicken Recipe</a>.


Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean
Mar 07, 2023

Excellent recipe, very delicious; however, I opted to thicken the sauce by doubling the corn starch slurry and using only 1/2 cup for the sugar and white vinegar. I ended up with the perfect amount of sauce; I think the recipe makes a little too much.

The saixing wine and chinkian vinegar can be substituted with rice vinegar. I didn't have fresh cloves of garlic, knobs of ginger, nor Red Fresno chilies, so I used 2 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp ground ginger, and 1 tsp cayenne plus 1 tsp chipotle.

I also air fried the chicken (8 minutes on each side) because I hate frying with oil, and I don't want my house to burn down.

As far as…


Feb 09, 2023



David Little
David Little
Jan 27, 2023

Is this in any way spicy? I'm not familiar with those peppers lol. And I know it's blasphemy but could this be done in the air fryer, I don't have deep fry capabilities, if so what should the settings be?

Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean
Mar 09, 2023
Replying to

I used an air fryer heated to 400 F for 8 minutes on each side (16 minutes total). Generously spray everything with cooking spray or oil.


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