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The Cost of Making Orange Chicken

Updated on December 15, 2011

I love orange chicken but there is certainly a lot of prep work involved. I make it because I can control the quality of the ingredients, the amount of spice and the amount of salt. I also know there are no preservatives in it.

This is a copycat recipe for Panda Express Style Orange Chicken.

I've included the cost of my ingredients at the bottom of the article so you can compare to prices in your area.

Orange Chicken

Yield 6 servings

1 pound Boneless chicken breast $3.49

1 pound Boneless chicken thighs $2.99

1 Egg $.17

1 1/2 t Salt $.01

¼ t White pepper $.07

1 t Cornstarch $.00 (less than a penny)

½ cup Cornstarch $.11

¼ cup Flour $.03

½ t Sugar $.00 (less than a penny)

1 T Fresh ginger $.10

1 t Fresh garlic $.05

1/8 t Chili powder $.01

¼ cup Green onions $.26

1 t Sesame oil $.10

2 t Orange zest $.98

¼ cup Orange juice $.00 (I used the price of one orange for the juice and zest)

2 T Chicken broth $.10

1 T Rice wine $.24

1 T Soy sauce $.06

Total Cost $8.78

Cost per serving $1.46

Cost to buy (per serving):

From Panda Express $3.25

Frozen product $3.50 and up (this includes vegetables)

Cost of my ingredients

$3.99 for 1 pound of boneless chicken breast

$2.99 for 1 pound of boneless chicken thighs

$1.99 for 1 dozen eggs

$.58 for 26 ounces of salt

$3.38 for 1 ounce of white pepper

$.78 for 16 ounces of cornstarch

$2.38 for 5 pounds of flour

$3.79 for 4 pounds of sugar

$3.99 for 16 ounces of ginger

$1.00 for 2 heads of garlic

$2.38 for 2.5 ounces of chili powder

$2.92 for 5 ounces of sesame oil

$1.69 for a pound of oranges

$1.49 for 14.5 ounces of chicken broth

$4.89 for 10 ounces of rice wine

$1.88 for 15 ounces of soy sauce

$6.99 (and up) for frozen orange chicken – 2 servings


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