Skip the Sbarros

The food court at the mall. Such a variety of choice to suit any mood. Will it be Sbarros pizza? Orange Julius? Chik-fil-a? Sakkio teriyaki chicken? While I’ve eaten food from all of those places, I could never do so until I strolled past Panda Express to see what they had that was hot and ready to go.

This recipe claims to be a taste-a-like of Panda Express’s orange chicken. While I cannot vouch for it authenticity, I can say that it was awesome!

I once again used thighs in place of chicken breasts.

I missed getting a picture of the chicken cooking, but here is the garlic.

And onions.

Finishing the sauce.

Panda express orange chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Makes: 6


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • white pepper
  • oil (for frying)
  • ½ cup cornstarch, plus
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed hot red chili pepper
  • ¼ cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 orange, zest of


1. Place chicken pieces in large bowl.

2. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well.

3. Stir cornstarch and flour together.

4. Mix flour mixture and egg mixture.

5. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.

6. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees.

7. Add chicken, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden crisp.

8. (Do not overcook chicken).

9. Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; set aside.

10. Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat.

11. Add 1 tablespoon oil.

12. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 10 seconds.

13. Add and stir-fry crushed chiles and green onions.

14. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds.

15. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil.

16. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.

17. Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth and add to chicken.

18. Heat until sauce is thickened.

19. Stir in sesame oil and orange zest if desired.

20. Serve over jasmine rice.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 304.9 Calories from Fat 46 Total Fat 5.1 g Saturated Fat 1.1 g Cholesterol 128.0 mg Sodium 1023.8 mg Total Carbohydrate 26.6 g Dietary Fiber 0.4 g Sugars 10.7 g Protein 34.4 g


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Categories: Chicken, Chinese, Fried, Fruit, kosher, Lunch, Main Dish 2, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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12 Comments on “Skip the Sbarros”

  1. jmwreviews
    October 18, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    This is one I will have to try. Thanks. Sounds great.


  2. October 18, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Mmmm….. I could eat that right now!


  3. katrinaedwards
    October 18, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    akhh at last..I’ve got the chance to say hello.. 😀

    Hi..I really enjoy reading your most of your quick recipe..
    Thank you so much..

    *keep posting yaa..:D


  4. October 18, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Looks awesome will have to try. 😀


  5. October 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I shall try this. Looks good.


  6. October 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on soymakesmesick and commented:
    Here is an interesting and yummy recipe that was brought to my attention today. It needs to be modified to be soy free, but use Coconut Secret’s Raw Coconut Aminos to replace the soy sauce. You can get it at Whole Foods. Also instead of the sugar, use a little stevia or honey to make it a bot more healthy.
    Happy, healthy eating!


  7. October 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please check out: for badge and info. Jessie 🙂


  8. October 19, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    It looks so good – better than the food court any day!


  9. jetr1
    October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    It looks good and authentic to me.



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