Easy Copy Cat Panda Express gluten-free orange chicken tastes just like your favorite Chinese take-out!
I think that we all have our favorite Chinese take-out. Whether it is General Tso’s Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Chicken Peanut Satay with noodles, egg drop soup, or this gluten-free orange chicken. It is fairly easy to convert many Chinese take-out recipes to be gluten-free. You just have to sub the regular soy sauce for a gluten-free tamari soy sauce. Easy Peasy! The recipes that are breaded are not so always so simple to convert.
(BTW, if you are looking for a Gluten-Free General Tso recipe, Jessica from Bless Her Heart Y’all has a baked recipe that looks delicious.)
I’ve seen some gluten-free orange chicken recipes that are prepared low-carb style, just made without any breading. That is a simple solution, but I really like the extra chew and crispness that you get with breaded orange chicken. The breading also helps the chicken to hold on to more of the sweet, tangy citrus sauce. Which of course, you want that mouthwatering sauce!
Want to know the simple solution? You probably already have it in your kitchen.
Cornstarch! Cornstarch is often used as a thickener in Asian-style sauces so it is very natural to use to as a coating on the chicken. I only coated the chicken in cornstarch one time to make it a quick and easy weeknight dinner. If you want a thicker coating on your gluten-free orange chicken just coat it twice. After you toss the bite-size chicken pieces in cornstarch toss them in a little milk or an egg white whisked with a little water, and then toss them in another ½ cup of cornstarch.
Another secret to the perfect golden crisp gluten-free orange chicken is to make sure that your pan is sizzling hot before you add the chicken. To prevent catching my kitchen on fire I heat the pan up dry until a drop of water fizzles away seconds after landing on the hot surface. Then I add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and then add the chicken. I also like using a cast-iron skillet because it has such great even heat.
So here you go, a gluten-free orange chicken recipe that is so easy and delicious that you’ll never miss Chinese take-out again. I think it tastes even better than Panda Express’ orange chicken. That is the power of the orange zest! Now all you need are some gluten-free fortune cookies and your meal is complete.
If you are looking for a paleo-friendly take-out copycat recipe I think you’ll love my friend Taylor (of Food, Faith, Fitness)’s Firecracker Pineapple Chicken recipe.
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