Panda Express Celebrates its Tasty "Orange Chicken" Invented in Pasadena and Now Served to 285,000 Diners a Day

Published : Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:33 AM

Orange Chicken

Panda Express, America’s favorite Chinese kitchen which has its roots in Pasadena, marked the 30th birthday of its signature Original Orange Chicken this week.

First introduced to diners by former Executive Chef Andy Kao, the original crispy chicken wok-tossed in a sweet and spicy orange sauce dish quickly became a menu favorite at Panda and its popularity spread across the country as the chain exploded..

According to a statement from Panda Express, some 285,000 people order the dish every day, and more than some 70 million pounds of Orange Chicken is served at Panda Express each year.

Panda Express originally had no idea how deeply America would fall in love with this unique menu item. Sweet and crispy with a touch of heat, the combination of flavors struck a chord with people in a way few dishes do.

“Our goal is to create moments of happiness and spark new traditions for guests who dine with us and enjoy our American Chinese dishes,” said Andrea Cherng, chief marketing officer of Panda Restaurant Group.

“As our most popular and beloved menu item, Orange Chicken ignites these feel-good emotions and helps create special memories and customs by bringing people together to share in its goodness.”

Orange Chicken’s 30th birthday comes on the heels of the introduction of Panda Express’ new takeout box available in stores now. An American Chinese creation itself, the takeout box has become a trusted symbol of comfort. The redesigned takeout box, featuring a traditional pagoda design, creates a gateway for guests to share in both the Chinese and American origins that shape the culture and traditions at Panda Express.

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