Mandarin Chicken

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Mandarin Chicken – Easy Chinese recipe better than take out. Chunks of chicken coated in a brown glaze of orange juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce.

Mandarin Chicken Recipe in a bowl topped with sesame seeds and green onions

Panda Express has a dish called mandarin chicken, which consists of chunks of chicken in a sweet and salty brown sauce. It’s one of my favorite Chinese Take out dishes.  It inspired me to make this easy, at home version of mandarin chicken.

How To Make Mandarin Orange Chicken

*Note:  The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • In a mixing bowl, add orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, and pepper.
  • Whisk until well combined.

Mixing bowl full of orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, and pepper for mandarin chicken

  • Add cooking oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chunks of cut up chicken breast.
  • Cook until browned.

Skillet full of chunks of cooked chicken breast with mandarin orange sauce about to be poured over it.

  • Pour the mandarin sauce over the chicken.
  • Simmer the chicken in the liquid until the sauce is thick and sticky.

Skillet full of cooked chicken coated in sweet Chinese brown sauce

I served mine with rice and broccoli.  I also added sliced green onions and sesame seeds as a topping.

Corn starch is used as a thickener for the sweet, yummy sauce.  This is pretty common in Chinese cooking.  But, it can make leftovers a bit of a challenge.

Once the sauce is cooled, the cornstarch makes the sauce turn into a gel.  Leftovers will still taste great, but the consistency won’t be quite as good as when the mandarin chicken is first made.

Chinese Mandarin Orange Chicken in a bowl topped with sesame seeds and green onions

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Mandarin chicken in a bowl topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onions

Mandarin Chicken Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Mandarin Chicken - This healthy Chinese recipe inspired by take out from Panda Express. Chicken breast chunks coated in a sweet/salty brown glaze made of orange juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


Servings 4 servings
Calories 240 kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • optional: sliced green onions, sesame seeds


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and the chicken. Stir the chicken to coat it in the oil. Let the chunks of chicken cook until they start to brown on a couple of sides, stirring occasionally (about 5-7 minutes).
  • In the meantime, add the orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, water, corn starch, and black pepper in a bowl. Stir or whisk until well combined and corn starch is dissolved.
  • Pour the sauce over the browned chicken and stir to coat. Once sauce has come to a bubble, reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the chicken and sauce simmer for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve hot. Sprinkle with optional green onions and/or sesame seeds.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.1g | Protein: 28.9g | Fat: 6.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Fiber: 0.2g
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Keyword mandarin chicken, orange chicken
Cuisine American, Chinese
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. Just cooking the Maderin sauce now although just changed from orange juice to maderin orange’s
    Squeezed and a bit os the zest and a bit bbq sauce and golden syripe taist still 😍 lovely 👪..

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is one of our new “go-tos” for an easy weeknight meals. Both hubby and kids loved it!

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I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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