Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast (Copycat)

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This Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast recipe is a really well seasoned, delicious recipe that is a great option for you if you are watching your weight. With only 3 tablespoons of oil in the entire recipe, you’ll love that you’re enjoying a great takeout option and it is so low in fat! Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce. An authentic recipe from Panda Express!
And some basic Chinese food cooking tips for your reference:
  • Invest in a wok. It can be a second hand one or an inexpensive option on Amazon, but a wok will make your prep and cooking infinitely easier.
  • Learn to slice meat thinly, against the grain. Most Panda Express recipes include beef or chicken cut wide and thin (I think it is to make the pieces look larger, haha) so pay close attention to your prep. If you slice the beef too thick it will NOT be as tender.
  • Prep your vegetables ahead of time. Once you’re working with your wok everything has to be in grabbing distance and able to be added quickly or your food will overcook.
  • Cook quickly. When you’re working in a wok, things happen fast and flavors stay crisp, so don’t keep simmering or cooking the food.
  • Authentic ingredients. Yeah it may suck to spend 8 dollars on a bottle of sesame oil, but that sauce will make you so many delicious meals that by the time you finish the bottle you will be completely at peace with the cost of it. 😉

Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce. An authentic recipe from Panda Express!

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Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast (Copycat)

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces chicken boneless skinless breast , cut into long thin pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 8 pieces whole dry chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black beans , washed (these are pretty optional, but I left them in to preserve authenticity)
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced into 1" strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper , diced into 1" strips
  • 1/2 white onion , sliced into 3/4 inch wedges
  • 1 teaspoon white wine (any cooking wine would work here including Shaoxing wine)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix the sesame oil, cooking wine, soy sauce, cornstarch mix and water in a small cup.
  2. Heat wok over high flame. Add canola oil until it is heated through.
  3. Add chicken breast and cook over high heat for 1 minute.
  4. Remove the chicken and add in the onions and red and yellow bell pepper and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. To the pan of vegetables, add whole dry chili peppers into skillet and stir until they darken, for about 30 seconds.
  6. Add the ginger, garlic, crushed red chili pepper and washed black beans into skillet and stir for another 30 seconds.
  7. Add the chicken and the mixed sauce ingredients to the pan and stir until the sauce thickens.
  8. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce. An authentic recipe from Panda Express!
Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce. An authentic recipe from Panda Express!
Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce. An authentic recipe from Panda Express!

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  1. I love Panda’s Firecracker Chicken because it isn’t breaded! This looks like a delicious recipe to make any night of the week! Thanks for sharing your copycat version!

  2. This sounds amazing, I’ve never had this dish at Panda Express before but your version looks so delicious that I must make it at home!

    1. I think it was one of the newer options, but I am a huge fan of it. Probably because I have an unhealthy love for stir fries with bell peppers!

  3. Okay, I seriously need to get my butt to Panda Express. I’ve never been, not sure if they have them here or not. But I’m so intrigued. This looks positively delicious. I could eat 3 helpings of this.

    1. Oh yes, you NEED to try Panda. As far as fast food options it is one of the best. When you walk into the restaurant all the vegetables are still whole and in clear tubs in the see through refrigerator. I love seeing the whole, fresh ingredients!

  4. 1 1/2 t. black beans? I’m thinking that’s like only 6-8 beans ( maybe mine are mutant size 😉 ) . Is this correct? Thanks.

    1. Yep, haha. There are hardly ANY beans in the recipe, I’m not sure why they are even in there. When I did side by side comparisons and I measure the beans away from the rest of the ingredients it was MINIMAL. That’s why I even made them optional. It seems silly to open a can for so few beans.

      1. Thanks for your response, I’ve just never seen beans measured in teaspoons before. I love black beans so there’s always an open container in our fridge. We made this and enjoyed it, would recommend this for anyone who’s recipe browsing.

  5. I’m going to give this a try, but just thought I’d let you know that the recipe from Panda also carries Black Bean Paste to the sauce 🙂 so I will probably be adding that into this recipe  (I used to work at Panda and this was/is my favorite)

  6. In this recipe it says to use 1 1/2 teaspoons black beans. Surely that’s a typo…or is it? Are those canned black beans?

    1. Haha, it’s correct. There are hardly any beans in this recipe but to keep it authtentic, I added them but you could definitley just leave them out if you don’t already have a can of beans opened.