I’m just going to come right out and say it… this is the BEST Orange Chicken recipe I have ever made.
If you’re a fan of the famous Panda Express Orange Chicken, then this homemade version is going to bring a smile to your face.
You guys, I used to have a fear of homemade orange chicken sauce. I’ve played around with different versions of this sauce and some were just too orange, too gritty, too sweet, too fruity. All leaving a horrible taste in my mouth, ruining all that effort I put in to making it.
Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
This recipe right here?
I previously shared my Vegetarian Orange “Chicken” Cauliflower recipe with you guys, and felt it was time to share the real deal.
While these recipes are very similar, I’ve tweaked a few things to make this real chicken version the best ever.
I won’t tell you how many times I went back to Panda Express to make sure I was getting all the right components of their sauce.
It was all in the name of research I tell you!
The sauce is sweet and slightly spicy with a perfect balance of orange. It’s not a gritty sauce, but rather smooth in texture, and when you toss the chicken in it, it sticks and gives the chicken a gorgeous shine.
The crispy coated chicken and sweet, sticky sauce make this one AMAZING dinner! My kids were literally licking their plates clean.
Who am I kidding… so was I! 😉