A few weeks ago I mentioned how you could make copycat recipes
I decided it was time to try out a copycat recipe of my own: Panda
Express Orange Chicken.
Paired with rice or lo mein, orange chicken is our go-to entree
when heading to Panda Express. When I came across this recipe and
picture, I knew I had to try it. (Despite the numerous
negative comments on the pin, I decided that I'd still give it a
shot. I strongly recommend that you take into consideration
any feedback that may prove helpful when you make your own recipe
The fact that it is made in the crockpot is an added bonus!
The ingredients are as follows:
Verdict: My hubby and niece really enjoyed this recipe. We
all agreed it was not a perfect match to the traditional orange
chicken, but still had a good flavor profile.
Many of the complaints about the recipe were that it tasted too
orange-y. I modified the juice concentrate to 4 oz. as many
commenters suggested. It still tasted strongly of orange, so I
added some extra tablespoons of brown sugar and a dash of salt to
cut that taste more - it worked.
I also would like to warn you that simply coating chicken
breasts in flour did NOT create a "breading" effect for me. In
fact, I think it added little to our chicken and we probably could
have gone without it. A plus to this is that you are not frying the
chicken, which does make it healthier than its Panda Express
I would make this recipe again, keeping the changes I did. The
crockpot made a super simple recipe and required little
preparation. This recipe passes for edible, but NOT as a copycat.
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