Orange Chicken Sauce (Panda Express Style)

TYPE : American
YIELD : 4 servings
CALORIES : 101 kcal
PREP TIME : 5 minutes
COOK TIME : 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME : 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (1 dl) water
  • 1/4 cup (0.5 dl) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (0.5 dl) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar, or white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp potato or corn starch
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • red chili flakes (optional)


  • In a saucepan, whisk to combine all ingredients then simmer until thickened.
  • Add more water if needed and adjust flavor to taste with sugar, vinegar, soy and chili.
  • Toss to coat fried pieces of dark chicken meat / boneless thighs (my recipe here).
  • Serve with rice, chow mein or on top of a fresh salad.


A quicker alternative is to coat cubed chicken with flour or breadcrumbs, pan-fry in oil or butter then cover with sauce. Or use store-bought fried chicken.

Simmer until thickened.

Use to coat fried chicken.

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