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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken - served on a white plate with chop sticks

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken

This Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken tastes just like your favorite Chinese take-out! Plus this recipe is also gluten free.
Course Dinner
Cuisine chicken, Chinese
Keyword Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • Option: extra orange zest sliced fresh green onions and/or toasted sesame seeds to garnish


  • Place a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add a thin layer of oil – just enough to cover the surface of the pan (about 3 tablespoons).
  • Pour the cornstarch into a large bowl, and sprinkle on the salt and pepper.
  •  Add your chicken pieces into the bowl and toss until all chicken is well coated.
  • Place the coated chicken into the hot pan, spreading it out so it’s in an even layer.
  • Continue cooking the chicken, stirring occasionally, until it is cooked through and turns a golden brown.
  • While chicken is cooking, whisk together all remaining ingredients in a small bowl for the sauce.
  • Once chicken has completed the cooking process, remove it from the pan, place it on a plate and set aside.
  • Pour the sauce mixture into the hot skillet and allow it to simmer until it thickens slightly. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits stuck to the pan to incorporate into the sauce.
  • Turn off the heat, add the chicken back into the pan, and toss it lightly to completely coat each piece in the sauce.
  • Garnish with sliced fresh green onions, toasted sesame seeds and even a little extra orange zest if desired. Serve with steamed rice and broccoli.