Original Orange Chicken By Panda Express

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This recipe is delicious! My end result tasted exactly like Panda Express. I recommend only using 1.5 pounds of chicken and doubling the sauce recipe. These modifications made 4.5 servings!

Ingredients

for 8 servings
CHICKEN

  • 2 lb  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, for frying (1 ½ L)

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

Preparation


  1. On a cutting board, cut chicken into 1x1-inch (2x2-cm) cubes and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine salt, white pepper, cornstarch, and flour. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the egg, water, and oil until it reaches the consistency of pancake batter.
  4. Add the chicken to the batter and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a wok or heavy bottom pan to 350˚F (180˚C).
  6. Gently add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. Set a heavy bottomed pot over medium- high heat and add the oil.
  9. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  10. Add the sugar and brown sugar, and stir to combine.
  11. Add in the orange juice and allow the sugars to begin to dissolve in the liquid, stirring occasionally.
  12. Add in the vinegar and soy sauce, and stir to combine.
  13. Add the cornstarch and water together and whisk to combine. Add to the pan and stir.
  14. Continue to cook the sauce until maple syrup consistency is achieved.
  15. Add in the fried chicken and stir until completely coated in the sauce.
  16. Top with sesame oil.
Source of Original Orange Chicken Recipe @ tasty.co

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