Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken (Copycat)

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Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken is a perfect copycat at home!

Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken made with just a few ingredients and cooked on a super hot grill pan, you'll be saving yourself a ton of time and money by making it at home!

Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken is one of the few dishes you can order at Panda Express and have that cool moment where they take a cleaver and chop up a whole chicken thigh in front of you. A tiny bit of theatrics in a fast food establishment is never bad, plus you can see that they used a whole chicken thigh and not just pre-cut pieces.

There are a lot of teriyaki sauces out there for you to choose from. This Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken has that thick sweet glaze that you know from your favorite 2 item plate. I used powdered garlic and ginger for the sake of the copycat recipe. Their glaze does not have any chunks of garlic or ginger in it that I could see. You absolutely could use fresh ginger and garlic (which I actually prefer) but you’ll be deviating from that “copycat” style. If you are using fresh garlic and ginger instead of spices, use 1-2 teaspoons of each, minced finely.

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Tools used in this recipe:
Lodge Grill Pan – I use this double sided pan for SO much, anytime I need a big flat surface for “grilling” or breakfast prep
Pig Tail Flipper – I use this *almost* more than I use tongs in the kitchen. Flipping is so quick and doesn’t smash foods.
Oil Mister
Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Sauce – In case you don’t want to make this sauce, but really this sauce is super easy.

Recipe

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Panda Express Teriyaki Chicken (Copycat)

4.75 from 8 votes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Panda Express Teriyaki Chicken made with just a few ingredients and cooked on a super hot grill pan, you'll be saving yourself a ton of time and money by making it at home!

Ingredients

  • 2 pound chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water mixed together

Instructions

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

  1. In a bowl, add the canola oil to chicken thighs while waiting for grill pan to heat up on high.
  2. Add the chicken to grill pan and grill on high for 3-5 minutes on each side.

  3. While the chicken is cooking, Add the sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, ground ginger, 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  4. Lower temperature to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Add the water/cornstarch mixture then cook over low heat until just thickened.
  6. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with brown rice and grilled pineapple.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Amount per serving: 243 calories, Calories: 243g, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 368mg, Potassium: 292mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 25g, Vitamin C: 0.2g, Calcium: 12g, Iron: 1.1g

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Keywords: Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken (Copycat), Panda Express recipes
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Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken made with just a few ingredients and cooked on a super hot grill pan, you'll be saving yourself a ton of time and money by making it at home!

Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken made with just a few ingredients and cooked on a super hot grill pan, you'll be saving yourself a ton of time and money by making it at home!
Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken made with just a few ingredients and cooked on a super hot grill pan, you'll be saving yourself a ton of time and money by making it at home!

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  1. I have never once had a copycat recipe turn out how it was supposed to. This one is amazing and tased exactly like the original. I will for sure be making this on a regular!

    1. You can use any skillet you have for the stove top cooking. You don’t necessarily need a grill pan. If you still want to use the oven, make the sauce on the stove top and then pour over the chicken in a baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, flip the chicken over and cook an additional 15 minutes. Hope this helps!

  2. Panda’s Teriyaki chicken is marinated before cooking. It’s so thick with flavor it does not need sauce added. You have not duplicated Panda’s recipe, but rather just posted a basic teriyaki chicken recipe.

  3. I rarely leave recipe reviews but this turned out wonderful. I followed the recipe almost exactly. I added a little less sugar (I used brown). The chicken was a tender and flavorful and the sauce really did taste like Panda Express, which is what we were craving 🙂

  4. i was wondering if you have seen the new five flavor shrimp at panda and are working on a recipe? I would absolutely love that!!! This recipe was delicious by the way and the family enjoyed it as well.

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Good catch! This is what happens when you skip the ever important proof read after not looking at the post for a couple of hours! It is in fact supposed to say water.

  5. Thanks! I love Panda Express! I’m making this right now!
    I’m guessing the recipe should say mix 2 tbls of cornstarch and 2 tbls of *water*? 🙂

  6. The recipe doesn’t look complete… after you grill the chicken and boil the sauce what do you do with the chicken then to finish cooking it? Did I miss something??

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Yes sorry, you spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve. I don’t know how that line went missing!

    2. Umm… it should be cooked when you finish grilling it. I worked at panda express and we just chopped it to pieces, gave it to customers along with the sauce and thats it

    1. Yes, it’s gotten too expensive for the Middle Class to eat out that much. So, I like how Chef Sabrina is teaching us how to make more things at home. And, I hope that she applies her skills to copycatting many other restaurant entrees (just like Todd Wilbur does). Again, thank you Chef Sabrina for all you do.

  7. I was wondering what you’ll make next to that gorgeous grilled pineapple… the perfect meal, gotta make it for my hubby asap. I might cheat too, don’t tell anyone 😉