Ground Orange Chicken (1 Pan!)

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Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pan and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. So much healthier than the original!

Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pot and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. So much healthier than the original!Ground Orange Chicken was born in my head one evening about a month ago when we were preparing Korean Ground Beef as we have for years. I had a package of ground chicken and I was about to suggest making Korean Ground Chicken when I thought, “ooooorrrrrrrrrrrrr….” and a whole new world of ideas came flooding into my head. In the last month we’ve made them in four different flavors (which are all coming soon).

This Ground Orange Chicken is amazing because it still has the crisp texture because we brown it well before breaking the chicken apart and it still has that amazing Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce that we all love. The only thing missing is the deep fat frying. Plus it takes literally 20 minutes to make, and that is at a leisurely pace. Maybe we can start a write in campaign to Panda Express and say hey, make this version for when we want the sauce but not the breading!We LOVED this ground orange chicken, full of Panda Express Orange Chicken sauce and in just 1 pot and 20 minutes!

Set your rice to cook in the rice cooker, start cooking the chicken, and wash and cut up some broccoli to steam in the microwave (glass bowl, a bit of water and a wet paper towel over the top for 3 minutes). By the time the rice is done cooking, so is dinner.

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Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pot and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. So much healthier than the original!

Tools Used in the making of the Ground Orange Chicken:
Wok: Great for high heat, quick cooking. This wok is a great addition to your kitchen if you love cooking Chinese food or stir fries in general.
Large Frying Pan: I use this Cuisinart for most of my non cast iron cooking unless I am going with a stainless steel option, then I choose my All Clad.
Soy Sauce: Nothing much to say here except Kikkoman has the best flavor overall and I always recommend reduced sodium.
Sesame Oil: The flavor of sesame oil in this dish is unmistakeable and not really able to be substituted. Some Asian grocery stores will try and sell less expensive options that aren’t actually sesame oil, so just be sure the one you’re buying is authentic sesame oil.
Rice Wine: Adds an authentic flavor to the sauce, in a pinch if you absolutely can’t find it you can substitute white wine, but it will make it taste slightly different.

Recipe

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Ground Orange Chicken

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  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese (sort of...)
Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pan and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. So much healthier than the original!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoons ginger root minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp hot red chili pepper crushed
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. To make the sauce combine the rice wine, 2 tablespoons water, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar, and orange zest.
  2. To make the cornstarch mixture, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in the remaining 1 tablespoon of water and set aside.
  3. To a large pan add 1 tablespoon oil and ground chicken.
  4. Cook until a good crust forms before breaking apart, then finish cooking by breaking it apart with a spatula and cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked add the ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for about 10 seconds.
  6. Add the orange sauce and bring to boil.
  7. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and cook for just a few seconds, stirring until it thickens.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pot and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. So much healthier than the original!
We LOVED this ground orange chicken, full of Panda Express Orange Chicken sauce and in just 1 pot and 20 minutes!
Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pot and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. So much healthier than the original!

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  1. Oh, this is brilliant! We love orange chicken, and this sounds like a fabulous rendition to make at home!

  2. So good. I made this with ground turkey..had on hand. Turned this into a lettuce wrap topped with shredded carrots, green onion and sesame seeds. Will be making these often!

    Rating: 5
  3. This was a win for everyone in the family. I tripled the sauce as someone else recommended and lowered the sugar a bit. Awesome! Thank you, thank you!

    Rating: 5
    1. It’s similar but it’s a rice cooking wine which has a more distinct asian flavor and makes the dish more authentic in taste.

  4. Dang! Sabrina! This is going down as one of my top 3 favorites on Pinterest! That flavor is so orangy and delicious! TO think it’s also healthy? Terrific! The only thing I changed was to replace the sugar with erythritol to keep the blood sugar under control.

    Rating: 5
    1. SO GLAD you liked it! We’ve been doing this with a few of the Panda Express recipes to cut down on frying and the whole family loves it. Thank you so much for leaving a comment! PS, I have a kung pao version going up in a week or so too. 🙂

  5. This was delicious! I didn’t have any ginger on hand but it was still very good. Will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  6. What oil is used to cook the chicken? Also, way too much sugar. Can it be cut back? Also, am I looking for rice wine in the food section of an Asian market or something drinkable as well, that part is vague.

    1. I used canola oil but you can use whatever cooking oil you have. You can definitely cut back on the sugar though it will change the flavor of the dish. Rice wine is found in the part of the supermarket where Asian cooking products are found. There’s also a link above in the post that takes you to where you can find it on Amazon. You can use white wine as a substitute but again, it will change the flavor of the dish. Hope this was helpful. Enjoy!

  7. This was very good! Added a little sambal as we like it a little spicier. Will definitely make again and looking forward to trying your other recipes. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  8. Loved it made some substitutions because of what I had available. Threw in some carrots, water chestnuts, red bell pepper and snap peas w the broccoli. Whole family loved it. Will definetly be making again!!!

    Rating: 4
    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets.

  9. Yum.  We used honey instead of sugar. Also added chili garlic paste- we like it hot.Added onions and mushrooms and served with “lettuce bowls “ hit with my gal pals for a lite lunch….

    Rating: 4