Make Panda Express’s Iconic Orange Chicken

Jimmy Wang, executive director of culinary innovation at , teaches us how to make the dining establishment chain's famous from scratch. Whatever is exposed in this video– from the orange sauce's active ingredients to a trick on getting the perfect twice-fried GBD (golden brown delicious) chicken. Now you can make the iconic dish for yourself right at home, or naturally, simply head to if you want, too.

00:00 Making the batter
1:27 Prepping the chicken and adding to the batter
2:12 Frying, chilling, then frying once again
5:52 Making the sauce
9:03 Putting all of it together, plating, tasting

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43 Comments

  1. I’d like to see more about this topic. How culinary directors of major chains create iconic dishes. I betcha the orange chicken he made doesn’t taste anywhere near the chicken you’ll get at a panda express. There’s always a disconnect from the top to the plate. Always!

    1. @Thomas Perez Scale. It’s one thing for the Culinary Director to make an easily repeatable recipe and a whole different thing altogether to make it in huge quantities quickly.

    2. @sanger yoo  but the way this is made lends itself to repeatability at scale. It uses a double fry, therefore the initial fry including the chicken pieces and seasoning can all be done ahead of time. Same with the sauce. That way only the final fry and combination with sauce needs to happen in the kitchen.

    3. @Thomas Perez I was thinking the same thing. If you ever go to the grocery store, in the frozen foods aisle, you can buy kits like that (they come in bags). All you have to do on your part is just heat it up in your pan (less than 10 minutes I think). It makes sense if Panda Express had a similar system on a larger scale for their eateries

    4. likely because his is made by hand and the stuff in the mall comes premade frozen in a bag and they flash fry it then dump it in sauce mix

  2. One spot here had actual taste of orange in the chicken. Quiet different but still good.

  3. That’s amazing!!! I’m not going to make it but I’ll order some tomorrow : )

    1. they dont make it like that anymore. it comes in a bag frozen and the sauce is a package.

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  4. This looked delicious orange chicken.
    I eat at Panda about 3 times a month

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  5. Taking the time to go at making the orange chicken the right way,is understanding the ingredients that makes the flavor and tastes so delicious to eat.

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  6. this is pretty cool for a company to just come out and be like, this is how we do it.

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  7. KFC and other Fast Food : “We guard our secret recipe in vault somewhere in the desert.”
    Panda Express : “So this is our Executive Director, he will cook and show you how to make our best recipe in the menu.”

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  8. I love how we all have a connection to such a simple dish. I definitely love Orange Chicken. <3

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  9. Panda Express has places in China. Imagine being a immigrant to a nation, opening up a restaurant that’s reminiscent of your birth nations food, be successful, open up a business in the nation your immigrated from. That’s fucking wild to me

  10. so much better with breast meat instead of thigh. dark meat is for the poor.

  11. Panda Express near me closes at 9, but if you place your order after 8, 80% of the time they will cancel it and say they’re closed. You get your taste buds all prepped for orange chicken, and boom you get a big middle finger.

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