Orange Flavored Chicken (Panda Express Copy Cat)

Hope Vaillancourt Recipe

By Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87

This orange chicken is a recipe featured in "America's Most Wanted Recipes" and is a copy cat recipe for Panda Express' Orange Chicken. Orange Chicken is a dish from the Hunan Province in South Central China.It is prepared with crispy boneless chicken bites tossed in a wok with a sweet, spicy and tangy orange sauce. Don't forget to steam some rice with this one! Enjoy!


Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves:
4
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

1 lb
chicken breast, boneless & skinless
1
egg white
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
sugar
ORANGE SAUCE
1 c
water
1/2 c
ketchup
1/2 c
sugar
2 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp
soy sauce
1 Tbsp
cornstarch
1 tsp
cornstarch
2 tsp
sesame oil
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1 Tbsp
orange zest, grated
2 Tbsp
green onion, chopped
4 c
vegetable oil, for frying
1 c
cornstarch

Directions

1
Cut the chicken breast into 1/2 inch cubes; set aside.
2
Combine the egg white, salt, and sugar in a bowl and stir vigorously until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Add the chicken cubes to the egg white mixture and stir to coat well.
3
To make the orange sauce, combine the water, ketchup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoons cornstarch, and sesame oil; stir and set aside. Place a pot over high heat. When the pot is hot, add the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and heat. Add the orange zest and green onions and cook, stirring, for about 20 seconds, taking care not to burn the orange zest.
4
Pour the combined sauce ingredients into the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened, 12 to 15 minutes.
5
Preheat the 4 cups oil to 350°F in a wok or deep-fryer.
6
Meanwhile, put the coated chicken in a resealable plastic bag containing the 1 cup cornstarch. Shake the chicken well for about 20 seconds, until the chicken is covered with the cornstarch. Shake off all the excess cornstarch and deep-fry the chicken in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oil with a slotted spoon, drain well on paper towels, and set aside. Add the fried chicken to the pot with the hot orange sauce, stir for about 30 seconds, then serve immediately.