Cravings | Orange Chicken Fried-Chicken Sandwiches
Orange Chicken Fried-Chicken Sandwiches
  • Makes 4 sandwiches
  • PREP: 45 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes (including minimum marinating time)

This freakin’ sandwich is exactly what a sandwich should be: a Panda Express knockoff in a bun.

For the Chicken:

  • 1

    tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh orange juice

  • 1

    teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • ½

    teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1

    large garlic clove, minced

  • 4

    (4- to 5-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs

  • ½

    cup flour

  • 2

    eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1

    cup panko bread crumbs

  • +

    Paprika

  • +

    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Orange Sauce:

  • 1

    tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½

    cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • ½

    cup honey

  • 3

    tablespoons orange juice

  • 1

    teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • 1

    tablespoon Thai chili-garlic sauce

  • 1

    tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 1 ½

    teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1

    tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2

    large garlic cloves, minced

For the Slaw:

  • ¹⁄8

    cup Kewpie or regular mayonnaise

  • 1 ½

    teaspoons hot Chinese mustard, or 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • ½

    teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • ¼

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2

    cups shredded green cabbage

  • ¼

    cup shredded carrot

  • ¼

    cup thinly sliced red onion

For Cooking and Assembly:

  • +

    Vegetable oil, for pan-frying

  • 4

    potato or brioche buns, halved and lightly toasted

  • +

    Fresh cilantro leaves

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