Quick and easy mandarin chicken recipe that is even better than the Panda Express or a food court restaurant in the mall. This delicious Chinese take out inspired dish is a breeze to make at home with just a handful of basic ingredients. Pieces of tender white chicken breast are coated in a divine sweet sauce made of orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, water, corn starch, and black pepper.
The sauce is thickened with cornstarch and is a perfect consistency to coat every part of the juicy, moist chicken. I absolutely love the flavors of the sauce as well. It is sweet and savory with a beautiful, bright, citrusy undertone from the orange juice.
The ingredients are basic and it is so simple to make it is hard to believe how much flavor this dish has. I really enjoy making Chinese take out dishes at home, it saves me money and a trip to the restaurant. Plus I know exactly what kind of ingredients go into the dish.
I usually serve this succulent mandarin chicken with a side of rice and asian vegetables for a complete meal, and it is always a huge hit. I get complements about this dish all the time. Even picky kids like it. You can also enjoy mandarin chicken on top of a bed of fresh spinach as a low carb option.
The steps to make the chicken are a no brainer and very easy to follow. Even the unexperienced cooks can make this dish effortlessly.