COPYCAT PANDA EXPRESS–KETO/LOW CARB ORANGE CHICKEN!


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you know I follow a low carb diet but I love love love Panda Express
orange chicken I mean it’s a problem. I love it so I thought hey I am going to
find a way to make this recipe low-carb keto friendly and I think I have done it
so if you want to find out how I’ve done it stay tuned and let’s do this okay so on YouTube I was looking up
orange chicken and I found a video that actually has the original orange chicken
recipe and I will link that in the description bar below in case you want
to go and check that out if you want to make the original it’s pretty darn close
it tastes amazing but it uses flour and cornstarch and the white sugar and brown
sugar and just things that we cannot have if we are on a low-carb diet so I
have come up with a way to alter that sauce recipe and also the breading that
goes on the chicken and my entire family devoured this in fact next time I make
it I have to make a double batch because there was nothing left and everybody was
asking for more and half of our family members are not even on low-carb so I’m
going to take you to my kitchen and show you how I did this okay I’m here in the
kitchen and the first thing I’m gonna do is bread the chicken now in the original
recipe it does call for flour and cornstarch and obviously we can’t have
any of that so I’ve made my own breading and the way that I make it is one part
regular pork rinds one part spicy pork rinds one part Parmesan cheese and one
part oat fiber. now don’t be afraid of the oat fiber oat fiber is the husk or the
fibrous material that comes off of the oat it does not have any wheat and
there’s no oats actually in it it is literally a hundred percent fiber so it
doesn’t add any carbs it doesn’t add any of the wheat or oat that you would think
of when you hear the word oat fiber it just adds a really nice flour
consistency to whatever the breading is so I’ve got an egg that’s beaten up
I’ve got chicken breast tenders that I’ve chopped up into bite-size pieces
you can use chicken thighs that’s more ideal on a keto diet and is what is
used in original orange chicken I just didn’t have that I had this need to use
it so that’s what I’m using so what I’m gonna do is dip it into the egg and then
roll it into the breadcrumbs and set it over here like I’ve got a couple right
here and then I’m gonna take it to the deep fryer the first thing we’re gonna
do is coat these so I’ll show you a couple of them so I just have them in
these little chunks here I’m just gonna throw them in this egg wash and actually
what I’m using right here is just like an egg white carton of egg whites that I
bought but I don’t actually think it sticks as well as just using the fresh
egg beaten up I was just trying to get rid of it so I’m using that but it’s not
not sticky like an egg should be so we’ll see how all this works but you just roll
it around in that set them over here and then we’re gonna head on over to the
fryer I’m gonna finish these up and meet you at the fryer just enough why I’ll
have all the ingredients to how I make the sugar and how I make the bread
coating in the description box below as well as how much of it I use of each so
that you can make this recipe yourself and so be sure and check out the
description box for the actual recipe and how to get it
alright let’s fry these babies up I’ve got the oil at about 350 and you’re
probably gonna do these for between four and six minutes they’re pretty small I’m
just gonna keep checking them just remember that when they come out of the
fryer anything that comes out of the fryer it’s gonna darken up in color a
little bit more maybe one shade after it comes out of the fryer so take it out
just before you think it’s the golden color that you’re saying my husband
should be worried but okay I’ve got my first batch done I’m gonna show you
right here these are the best chicken nuggets they make amazing chicken strips
you can eat them by themselves they have tons of flavor because of those spicy
pork rinds and the cheese but if you want to amp these puppies up and add
some of that orange chicken sauce you won’t believe it and then on top of that
we are gonna use chow mein and I’m gonna tell you how I do that as well so we’re
gonna have orange chicken and chow mein on a low-carb keto diet don’t believe me
stay tuned now for the sauce we are going to start with fresh garlic and
fresh ginger in a little bit of oil and we’re gonna saute that just a bit with
some red pepper flakes now I didn’t have red pepper flakes at the time so I used
crushed cayenne pepper and that worked just as well so either one of those is
going to work fine I’m gonna put the amounts in the description so you know
exactly how to make this now instead of the white sugar and the brown sugar I
use my own sugar blend that I make I will also put that in the description
below you can use just straight-up erythritol but I don’t like the cooling
effect of that so I blend erythritol xylitol and stevia blend in a certain
combination again I’ll have that in the description and I use that now it’s
extra sweet so the original recipe called for a quarter cup of table sugar
white sugar and a quarter cup of brown sugar
I used a quarter cup total of I sweeten our blend so you’re gonna put
that in and saute it up just a little bit till it starts to turn a little bit
golden then we’re gonna be adding in orange juice now I know it has orange
juice in it but I took one orange a fresh orange squeezed out 1/4 cup of
that and use that so that was distributed over five servings for our
family and so really the carb content of that is not going to be that high once
you have distributed it amongst five people I did not buy store-bought orange
juice that has sugar at it I used a fresh porridge I also put in vinegar and
soy sauce and then you’re going to saute all of that up until it is bubbling now
the way that they thicken the sauce is with water and cornstarch and instead I
put in a 1/2 a teaspoon quarter to a half a teaspoon of xanthan gum and that
oh just that tiny amount is plenty to thicken the sauce up to a syrup
consistency once you find you a chicken then you’re gonna add that to the sauce
and then you’re gonna top it off with just a teaspoon of sesame oil which
gives it a nice Sheen and a really great layer of flavor oh my gosh you guys I
hope you will try this recipe this has got to be one of my favorite recipes
that I have come up with myself to try and tweak a recipe that I love in
general and it is so so good and we use trim healthy mama noodles to make chow
mein out of and they’re kind of like sheer talking noodles but they have
added oat fiber into them so that they taste less like a rubber band I mean I
can’t I can’t eat shirataki noodles people love them I can’t it’s like
eating rubber bands but this is got just enough of oat fiber which is all fiber
there’s no added carbs doing that and I just rinse them really well and then
kind of dry fry them a little bit to get all that moisture out and then I add a
little bit of oil and soy sauce and kind of saute that up
and they pretty much tastes like chow mein noodles and you can add sprouts to
it or veggies or whatever to that timing that you want and it’s so so good but
try this orange chicken leave me a comment below if you have tried
something like this or a recipe that you love that’s a regular recipe that you
would want me to try and hack for keto and I will give that shot please give
this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful or enjoyable and stay inspired
to try some new recipes no matter what diet you follow otherwise I hope you’re
having a great day and I’ll see you in the next video you

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Reader Comments

  1. Andrew LaCivita

    Heather, absolutely loved this video. My wife and I are huge cooks. We don't eat dairy, so might need to skip the parm, but loved this recipe. And, I also don't each gluten (rarely ever), so I do use cornstarch as a thickener instead of flower, but the xanthan gum idea is one I will try! P.S. You should have your own cooking show. 🙂

  2. Balanced to the Core

    Heather, great video! I really loved watching the cooking portion – it was fun to watch. I might just have to get myself a fryer now.😉

  3. Kylie Carlson

    This looks so good and low carb too – definitely want to try this one. I try to do gluten free where I can but can substitute as I have GL flour 😊

  4. Adriana Girdler

    Wow, this looks and sounds soooo delicious! Your makeup looks AMAZING in this video! Might have to try this recipe and let you know how it goes. Cheers!

  5. Apollonia Ponti

    You look beautiful! Love orange chicken! I am totally going to try this recipe when I have some time to cook. Will let you know how it turns out.

  6. Thriving Entrepreneur

    We started at the same time, and have the same amount of subscribers! Good luck and continue the grind 🙂 on to the video now.. 🙂

  7. Mary Sekely

    Just a trick. You don't have to individually coat each one. Pour that egg into the bag with the chicken. Seal it and smush it around. Then take goating mixture and put it in a ziplock. Throw a handful of the eggy chicken and throw them in the bag and shake it up. Continue until all the pieces are coated. Also, you don't say what kind of oil you are frying them in. Vegetable oil is not good for Keto frying.

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