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Orange Chicken Wings Are The Latest Hype Flavor From Buffalo Wild Wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings just debuted a variety of new wing sauce flavors for the fall season. The most intriguing of those is one ubiquitous with American Chinese food: Orange Chicken.

Buffalo’s take on Orange Chicken Wings is available bone-in or boneless, and features a sweet glaze with flavors of citrus, soy, and cayenne. As a gimmicky nod to where the flavor comes from, each order of the wings comes with a custom fortune cookie on the side.

The other flavors Buffalo Wild Wings is adding include Pizza, Lemon Pepper, and Carolina Reaper, which features one of the spiciest chili peppers on the planet.

Pizza Wings are the only limited-time flavor of the bunch, as the rest, including the Orange Chicken Wings, will be permanent additions to the menu. The pizza flavor doesn’t actually use pizza sauce, as it takes Garlic Parmesan wings and adds on tomato and basil powders to give that familiar flavor.

Buffalo Wild Wings has also added a new cauliflower wings option that can be tossed in any of its sauce flavors, for those looking for a plant-based alternative to wings on the menu.

All of these options are now available nationwide.

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Panda Express x Anti Social Social Club Apparel Is Dropping REAL SOON

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Fans of streetwear and orange chicken will have a pretty big reason to be excited this weekend.

Panda Express has announced its first-ever collaboration with popular streetwear brand Anti Social Social Club.

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The apparel will feature both brands’ logo joined together with Panda Express’ most popular menu item: Orange Chicken. Items include hoodies, hats, and t-shirts.

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Anyone wanting to cop some of this exclusive merch will need to visit Antisocialsocialclub.com on Saturday, July 11 at 8:00am PST, where the collaboration sale will go live and remain until supplies last. With how prolific both brands are, we can’t imagine that being for more than 5 minutes, to be honest. Better set those alarms, folks.

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Panda Express Introduces ‘Best Sellers Only’ Menu in Effort to Support Store Associates

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Businesses aren’t pulling any stops in their efforts to adjust to a post-coronavirus world. While most are observing stay-at-home orders, service workers and others on the front line are doing what they can to keep economies from falling into a state of total chaos. This includes restaurants, grocery stores, post offices and public transportation. Despite the clear risk involved, if there’s a positive take away from all of this, it’s that the corona pandemic is bringing humanity together. 

For well known eatery Panda Express, that togetherness comes in the form of a truncated menu which consists only of their bestsellers. The goal is to lower the risk of spreading the virus to employees and customers by limiting the number of options offered.

Food preparation plays a large role in Panda Express’ decision and with a rise in take-out orders, a simpler menu will help employees working long hours. The temporary menu change will look something like this:

  • Original Orange Chicken® 
  • Broccoli Beef 
  • Grilled Teriyaki Chicken 
  • Kung Pao Chicken 
  • Mushroom Chicken 
  • Honey Walnut Shrimp 
  • Sweetfire Chicken Breast 
  • Firecracker Shrimp  
  • New Black Pepper Angus Steak 

These changes went into effect on Monday, April 6th at all nationwide locations and remain in effect until further notice. To further increase the safety of Panda Express employees and customers, contactless service will be rolled out at all locations. Each Panda Express will have designated areas for walk-up ordering and separate designated areas for pick-up.

As we collectively push through this trying time, it’s not only important to maintain a healthy outlook, but also a healthy appetite. You can order Panda Express’ famous orange chicken here.

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Here’s How To Make Panda Express Orange Chicken At Home

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In honor of Panda Express’ 35th anniversary, learn how to make the brand’s famous Orange Chicken at home!

When you’re at the mall, few things are as enticing as the spicy-sweet aroma of Panda Express. The chain restaurant, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, is known for quick, casual and delicious Chinese food. One dish, in particular, is most sought after: Panda Express Orange Chicken.

How do you make Orange Chicken at home?

Here at Taste of Home, we know a thing or two about copycat recipes. (You can check out our best-ever copycats here.) Our renditions are oftentimes just as good—if not better!—than the restaurant counterparts. That’s why when Panda Express reached out with their original Orange Chicken recipe, we knew we had to share the goodness with our readers.

This copycat recipe for Panda Express Orange Chicken makes it easy to re-create your favorite dish at home. Plus, the recipe is surprisingly simple! You don’t need any tools or special ingredients—just a trip to your grocery store’s Asian aisle to find soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil.

Find more Panda Express copycat recipes here.

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The Real Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe

What You Need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine (or rice wine)
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp. sesame oil

Step 1: Marinate Chicken

Start by cutting the chicken into small, bite-size pieces—about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long. Then, whisk together two tablespoons of soy sauce, wine, ginger and garlic in a large bowl. Add the chicken and stir until the pieces are well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 25 minutes.

Bonus: You need these tips for making a delicious homemade marinade. 

Step 2: Toss to Coat

Once time is up, use a large slotted spoon to move the chicken cubes out of the marinade and into a new bowl. Discard the marinade mixture. Then, sprinkle 1/4 cup of cornstarch over the chicken. Toss lightly to coat.

Step 3: Brown Chicken

Next, heat up the oil to fry the chicken pieces in a large pot—between 1/4- and 1/3-inch of oil will be enough. Then, working in batches, add a single layer of marinated chicken pieces to the hot oil. Fry, turning occasionally until the chicken is well-browned and cooked through. Each batch should take about four minutes, total. When cooked through, move the chicken pieces out of the fryer and onto a paper towel-lined plate so the excess oil can drain away.

Editor’s Tip: At this point, the chicken will be delicious on its own. Sample a piece or two, but resist the urge to eat them all. The end result is much better. Trust us.

Step 4: Make Sauce

Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the remaining soy sauce, honey, orange juice, marmalade, rice vinegar, chili flakes and sesame oil. Stir to combine. Then, in a small bowl, mix together the remaining cornstarch and two tablespoons water. This mixture is called a slurry. Bring the orange sauce to a low boil, and add the slurry—one spoonful at a time—while whisking. Keep adding the slurry until the sauce is thickened.

Step 5: Toss Together

Combine the chicken pieces and the sauce in a large bowl. Serve with cooked rice and broccoli. Enjoy!

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Article by Katie Bandurski for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Exclusive Panda Express Spots Are Serving Orange Chicken Burritos, Here’s Where To Find Them

A while back, folks lost it when Panda Express released an Orange Chicken “Burrito” at their Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA.

The fast-casual Chinese food chain recently opened a new Panda Express + Tea Bar near our stomping grounds so we decided to swing by and grab some burritos for ourselves.

Though in actuality a “Chinese Bing” or wrap, the item effectively acts as a burrito with a thin scallion pancake acting as the tortilla. While essentially having the same core ingredients as a tortilla, there are some noticeable differences in the taste of the scallion pancake.

Panda’s new item didn’t stop at Orange Chicken. The bing acted as a canvas for us to create the most intricate of burritos, combining a plethora of different meats, starches, and sauces in a hefty wrap.

We even threw a double dose of the restaurant’s new Five Flavor Shrimp into a bing.

The Panda Express + Tea Bar, outside of the original Innovation Kitchen, is one of three restaurants that serve the “burrito” to patrons. You can’t find the item at just any Panda Express. Trust us, we’ve tried.

If burritos aren’t your thing, the Panda Express + Tea Bar also serves customizable salads — an item that isn’t offered at regular Panda Express locations.

Peep our salad diet:

Nice, right?

The Tea Bar portion of the restaurant lives up to it’s actual name. Customers can choose from a variety of different milk teas and fruit teas from the tea bar menu. Drinks are either pre-made for those who are in a hurry, or you can have a drink made to order. Beverages can be customized with add-ons like tapioca pearls, lychee jelly, aloe vera, and chia seeds.

A word of caution for new patrons, however: make sure to take in the entire menu upon your first visit. Whatever you decide to order will fill you up for the rest of the day.

Items like the Orange Chicken “Burrito,” salads, and milk teas can be found at Panda Express + Tea Bar locations (Hacienda Heights, Monterey Park, and Westwood) as well as the original Panda Express Innovation Kitchen located in Pasadena, CA.

Also, be sure to check out our Foodbeast Podcast to hear more about the burrito!

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The Orange Chicken Burritos Panda Express SHOULD Be Making [WATCH]

Ain’t no one ever upset at some good old Panda Express Orange Chicken, but sometimes, I just want Chinese food in burrito form and no one seems to be fulfilling my need. Panda Express, please e-mail me!

Luckily, making a Panda Express Orange Chicken Burrito is easy AF. Me and my buddy Matt grabbed an Orange Chicken combo, fried rice, chow mein, veggies on the side, and doubled up on the meat. We made a sauce by mixing up some fresh ginger, soy and sriracha, and drizzled it all over. Sweet and Sour sauce was also a nice touch.

Once the burrito is assembled, we gave it a quick browning session in the skillet with some peanut oil. Game. ON:

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Grab Your Chow Mein and Go With The New Panda Express Mobile Ordering App

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Food court lines could very well become a thing of the past if fast food chains have anything to say about it. Following the mobile ordering trend, Panda Express is finally rolling out their own app nationwide.

Unlike other apps, Panda offers a special feature that allows group ordering across multiple platforms. This means you can order some Orange Chicken with Bacon, then sling the order along to your besties so they can order their favorite Panda dishes for the noms that shall ensue later. Admit it, the worst part of group ordering is trying to figure out how much everyone owes and how to make sure no one gets stiffed. Lucky for us, Panda’s new app lets each person on the order to pay their own bill towards the group order.

No word on whether the chain will join the Apple Pay movement, but for now, the Panda Express mobile ordering app is available on iOS and Android devices.

H/T + PicThx Eater

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Panda Express Innovation Kitchen Now Shilling Boba, Orange Chicken Burritos

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In Pasadena, Calif., Chinese American fast food chain Panda Express is currently testing a trendy new concept that’s somehow Chipotle, Teavana, a mom and pop boba shop, and good ol’ fashioned Panda all at once.

Just opened last week, the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen looks like the love child of Panda Express and one of the newer, sleeker Starbucks-es. According to Los Angeles Magazine, there’s a tea bar serving up a bevy of hot or iced teas, fruit teas, milk teas, all the requisite add-ons like boba and egg pudding, as well as a Chipotle-esque assembly line that lets guests compose their own rice, chow mein, or salad bowls, or scallion pancake “burritos.”

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In case the name didn’t give it away, the key here is innovation, meaning nearly all Panda toppings are on the table, even, as LAMag illustrates, fried rice and Orange Chicken. Yes, in a “burrito.” Yes, like mothereffing Kogi Truck. Sure, you could just snooze it up with an Eggplant Tofu salad, but we doubt you’d be on this site if you would.

As of now, there’s no news of Panda Express 5.0 making its way outside of Pasadena, but it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea if it did.

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As for us, we’d like to order a Double Wide with Honey Walnut Shrimp and Orange Chicken and chow mein and fried rice and cream cheese rangoons. Washed down with an Orange Chicken milkshake, of course.

H/T + Picthx LAMag, Yelp