Veggie Panda Express Orange Chicken (Copycat)
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium cauliflower - broken into florets - 3 cups
  • ½ cup bell pepper - diced
  • Grapeseed or olive oil for frying
  • ⅓ of a scallion - finely sliced for garnish
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame seeds - for garnish
  • Ingredients for batter:
  • ⅓ cup corn starch (can sub arrowroot powder)
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Ingredients for sauce:
  • ½ tbsp oil (part sesame oil works well)
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • ¼ tsp ginger - ground or fresh - minced
  • 1 orange - ½ cup squeezed juice & 1 tbsp zest
  • ¾ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp soy sauce (tamari)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ to 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ tsp white pepper (optional, can sub black pepper)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
Instructions
  1. Heat ½ tbsp oil & add diced bell peppers over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, set aside.
  2. While bells are cooking, heat oil for frying cauliflower in large pan, wok or deep fryer.
  3. Mix cornstarch, flour & a pinch of salt with water to make a fairly thick batter.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees to keep cauliflower warm.
  5. Dip cauliflower into batter, covering completely.
  6. Add them to frying oil: leave space between pieces & turn so they crisp evenly.
  7. Once the pieces are done, set them on a paper towel or paper bag to drain.
  8. Move cauliflower to warm oven while you make the sauce.
  9. For the sauce, heat ½ tbsp. oil in pan in which you cooked the bell peppers.
  10. Add broth, juice from orange, sriracha, soy sauce, sugar. Mix well.
  11. Mix 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder with water to make a thin paste.
  12. Once broth starts to boil, turn heat down to low simmer.
  13. Add the starch paste in slowly; sauce will thicken as it simmers.
  14. Add salt, pepper, and pepper flakes to taste.
  15. Once mixture thickens, add the bell peppers and cauliflower.
  16. Turn up the heat to medium, stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
  17. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds & green onion curls.
Recipe by Veggie Punk Kitchen at http://veggiepunkkitchen.com/veggie-panda-express-orange-chicken-copycat/