WATCH: Here’s How to Cook the Orange Chicken from Panda Express

Who can forget the famous Orange Chicken of Panda Express? That’s deep-fried bites of chicken cooked in a citrusy glaze. It’s sweet, sour, and savory all rolled into one – a real treat, especially when paired with Chinese fried rice or Chow Mein.

If you’re within the radius of their SM Megamall branch, lucky you! Panda Express delivers during the quarantine, so you can get your chicken fix with ease. However, if you can’t get it straight from the source, you can also make it yourself!

This recipe for Orange Chicken that we found was created by Tasty, the food wing of US media company Buzzfeed. It’s a straightforward, fuss-free process, and looks just as good as the real deal.

Orange Chicken Recipe


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (905 g)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch (125 g)
  • 3 cups flour (375 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups water (360 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6 cups oil (1 ½ L), for frying

Orange Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flake
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced
  • ¼ cup sugar (50 g)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (55 g)
  • ¼ cup orange juice (60 mL)
  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar (60 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes and set it aside.
  2. Combine salt, white pepper, cornstarch, and flour into a bowl, and whisk them together.
  3. Add the egg, water, and oil, and mix until it looks like pancake batter.
  4. Toss the chicken in the batter and coat liberally. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. In a wok, heat oil to 350˚F (180˚C). Gently add the chicken and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer it onto a paper towel-lined plate. Mop up the excess oil.
  7. In a different pot, set the heat over medium-high. Add oil.
  8. Add the red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Keep stirring. Then, add the sugar and brown sugar, and stir to combine.
  9. Pour in the orange juice and let the sugars dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  10. Add in the vinegar and soy sauce, and stir to combine. Next, add the cornstarch and water together, and whisk to combine.
  11. Continue to cook the sauce until the consistency is syrupy.
  12. Add the sauce in the wok. Toss in the fried chicken and stir until completely coated in the sauce.
  13. Top with sesame oil and serve.

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