Orange Flavored Chicken (Panda Express Copy Cat)

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Serves: 4
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1 lb chicken breast, boneless & skinless
1 egg white
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
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

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Hope Vaillancourt Recipe
Well Seasoned
Payson, AZ (pop. 15,301)
Member Since Aug 2011
Hope's notes for this recipe:
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!
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Cut the chicken breast into 1/2 inch cubes; set aside.
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.
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.
Pour the combined sauce ingredients into the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened, 12 to 15 minutes.
Preheat the 4 cups oil to 350°F in a wok or deep-fryer.
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.

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user Linda Rupp herby - Dec 26, 2011
sounds wonderful. cant wait to try this. :)
user Kristi Luce thisgrandmascookin - Feb 2, 2012
My daughter loves orange chicken. Thanks for sharing!!
user Judi Harris-Nulle winningrecipes - May 7, 2012
Read your recipe and it sounds great! I'm planning on adding a Hunan or Chinese section to my recipe website. The address is:

I'd like to add your recipe to my website and you will get full credit
user Abby Cooper abbycooper69 - Jun 23, 2012
Another great recipe for my daughter's Chinese party-I am so thrilled!!
user Abby Cooper abbycooper69 - Jun 25, 2012
Made it tonight-I messed the chicken part up a little but the sauce was great!! Gonna try making this again :))

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