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)

  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Author: Dinner, then Dessert
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: calories

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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!