Why go out when you can have your favorite take out Mandarin Orange Chicken at home?
I love me some Panda Express Orange Chicken. It’s one of my go to dishes there and I think it’s delicious but I don’t always want to spend the money. Plus, sometimes it’s a bit too heavy. So the other night I decided I would do an orange chicken over rice. But…. poor planning on my part since there wasn’t a drop of orange juice in the house. But, I did have a couple of cans of mandarin oranges, so why not use them? So off to my orange chicken adventure!
I love mandarin oranges anyway. They have a light taste to them and I think the juice they’re packed in (not the syrupy kind either) is delicious too. I popped open the can and poured it into the blender so it would make for a smooth sauce. It’s pretty good blended to… would be great in a smoothie. Then I cooked the chicken the same way I did when I made a baked sweet & sour chicken then baked it in this sweet orange sauce.
Oh my was this good!!! The sauce was much lighter then Panda’s orange sauce which I think is ideal for spring or summer weather. Since I used the juice in the can as well, my sauce came out thinner then what I’m used to. If you want a thicker sauce, I suggest you add some corn starch, about a half teaspoon at a time until it gets to the way you love it.