Gluten Free Orange Chicken

If you are on the gluten free diet, I'm sure that you have heard that a lot of the foods that you used to enjoy are now off limits and places that you used to eat at are no longer safe for you.  While lots of restaurants are not safe to eat at, I refuse to believe that dishes that we used to love are completely off limits.  For a long time, I thought the delicious orange chicken that they have at Panda Express was just something I would never get to enjoy again.  Then, I thought about it and thought why? I could make a version of this myself and it would probably be so much better than the original.  So I made it and I have to tell you that I was right! This recipe is AMAZING!! My husband came in while I was making this and stole a bite. His eyes just got really big and he stared at me in amazement as he finished his bite.  All he could say after was WOW!

 Now, I have to say that this is not the healthiest recipe I have ever made, not by a long shot but it was worth it.  I probably won't be making this dish every week but every once in a while it is fun to splurge and enjoy some yummy food that you once thought you would never be able to have again. I haven't eaten at Panda Express in over a decade but from what I remembered of their chicken, this was way better.
When making this I do have some tips that might make it a bit easier.  Make sure that you don't overfill the pan when frying the chicken.  If too much is put in the pan, the chicken will all stick together and make one large chunk. Make sure to spread them out and also add one piece of chicken at a time.  This is the most time consuming process because you want every piece individually fried. You also want to make sure you cook the chicken long enough to get the outside nice and crispy.  Make sure you leave it in the oil for the full 5-6 min.  If you take it out before that it will end up soggy and the breading will just kind of fall off.  Other than that, the recipe is pretty easy to follow and make.

I hope that you really enjoy this recipe like we all did and might fulfill some of your cravings. Make sure to watch the video down below to see exactly how I made this and check out my YouTube channel for more great recipes and product reviews.
Yield: 8 servings

Gluten Free Orange Chicken

Copycat Panda Express orange chicken recipe that tastes even better than the original.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 40 mins


  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups gluten free flour blend
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cups oil, for frying
Orange Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, fresh or from carton
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine salt, white pepper, cornstarch, and gluten free flour blend. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add egg, water, and oil until it reaches the consistency of pancake batter.
  3. Add the chicken to the batter, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 min.
  4. Heat oil in pan to 350 degrees.
  5. Gently add chicken and  cook for 5-6 min until lightly golden brown.  Make sure to not over fill pan.  Might have to cook chicken in batches.
  6. Remove chicken from the pan and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. In a large pan over medium-high heat add oil and when the oil begins to simmer, add the red chili flakes, garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  8. Add sugar and brown sugar, stir to combine. Add orange juice and allow the sugars to dissolve in the liquid, stirring constantly.
  9. Add the vinegar and gluten free soy sauce, stirring to combine.
  10. Mix cornstarch and water together to make a slurry. Slowly add mixture into orange sauce a little at a time. Continue to cook over heat until sauce has thickened.
  11. Add fried chicken and stir until completely coated in the sauce. Serve immediately.
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