Panda Express Recipes Index (Copycat)

Panda Express Recipes (EVERY ONE!) from the menu, from entrees to sides and appetizers! Quick, easy and they taste just like the original recipes.

Every Panda Express Recipe from the menu, from entrees to sides and appetizers!Panda Express Recipes make it onto the blog pretty often and it felt more and more important to keep a page where you could go to see all the recipes in one place. There is a huge selection of copycat recipes on the blog, this page is your resource for everything Panda!

I got so many requests when I started re-creating Panda Express Recipes that it became a sort of a mission to get all of them! Hope you enjoy!

  1. Orange Chicken – The king of all Panda Express recipes, this copycat has been viewed over a half a million times in less than a year! 
  2. Mushroom Chicken – One of the healthy picks on the menu, this recipe is easy to make, done in 15 mintues and tastes amazing! Zucchini Mushroom Chicken
  3. Honey Walnut Shrimp – No need to pay the extra for shrimp today, make it at home! Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.
  4. Firecracker Chicken Breast – A healthier alternative to the super popular Sweetfire Chicken (see below) Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast with marinated white meat and peppers in a spicy black bean sauce. An authentic recipe from Panda Express!
  5. Chow Mein – The top selling side dish, just a few ingredients and ten minutes until you’re enjoying this delicious Chow Mein. A perfect Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat recipe! The only difference you will find is that it is about half as much oil, so you don't feel so heavy after your meal! Enjoy with my Panda Express Mushroom Chicken Copycat dish!
  6. Fried Rice – Passing on the Chow Mein, then surely you want this fried rice! Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree home!
  7. Black Pepper Chicken – Another item on the healthy for you section of the menu, this chicken has a huge punch of flavor. Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken is marinated ginger soy chicken, in a peppery black pepper sauce with celery and onions that tastes exactly like the Panda Express version you love! And really low in fat and WW points!
  8. Kung Pao Chicken – The authentic recipe shared by a Panda Express chef in Hawaii, there is nothing more fun than working with the exact recipe! Full of Spicy Wok fired Chicken Breast, Zucchini, Red Bell Peppers and crunchy Peanuts in a Sesame Ginger-Garlic Sauce, this recipe is Authentically Panda Express! The recipe is straight from the source!
  9. Beijing Beef – Orange Chicken’s beefy brother, this is crispy, crunchy sweet and heat all at once! Panda Express Beijing Beef is an awesome copycat of the original with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.
  10. Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken – Healthy, easy and makes a great sauce for salmon and beef too! 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!
  11. Sweet and Sour Sauce – Not going to lie I dip most entree items in this at least a little. 😉 Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce is the perfect classic Chinese takeout dipping sauce that is bright red in color, sweet and acidic. The perfect dipping sauce for egg rolls, wontons and crispy wonton strips.
  12. String Bean Chicken Breast – One of the healthiest entrees on the menu, you’ll love the fresh flavors! Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.
  13. Cream Cheese Rangoon – Crispy, creamy and salty appetizer? Check, check, check! Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon made with a creamy center and crispy exterior, these are the perfect appetizer for your next Chinese takeout meal. You can make ahead and freeze for later too.
  14. Beef and Broccoli – One of the original favorites! Didn’t think I would forget this one, did you? A Panda Express Beef and Broccoli delicious spot-on copycat with tender stir fried flank steak and steamed broccoli in a classic ginger soy sauce.
  15. Sweetfire Chicken Breast – My new favorite (shh…don’t tell Orange Chicken I am totally cheating on it!) This copycat Panda Express Sweetfire Chicken Breast dish is made with crispy chicken with garlic, red bell peppers, onions and pineapples in a sweet and spicy chili sauce. A spot on copy!
  16. Mixed Veggies – Look if we NEED something totally healthy, I guess this is the best way to do it! These veggies have a secret source of awesome flavor! Panda Express Mixed Veggies is a mix of broccoli, zucchini, carrots, string beans and cabbage steamed in chicken stock for added flavor.

Am I missing a dish you love? Let me know! If you made it all the way through this list you must love Panda Express Recipes!


About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Absolutely delicious I made the kung pao chicken without the Chile’s cuz I have small children we love it. Thank you for sharing

  2. Hi Sabrina,

    Any chance you can create the spicy eggplant that used to be on Panda’s menu?

    How about the creamy cilantro lime dressing from El Pollo Loco?

    Thank you!

  3. One selection Panda Express no longer offers was a favorite of mine:
    Eggplant & Tofu with Garlic Sauce.

  4. There was something that they took off the menu several years ago and I can’t remember what it was called. I’d get it with the Orange Chicken and it was SO good…I’d give anything to 1)remember what it was called, and 2)to have a copycat recipe of it

  5. Would love if you can copycat their black pepper angus steak recipe with broccolini. They replaced the shanghai angus steak with this one. Thank you!

  6. I love their hot & sour soup I COULD NOT believe they took it off the menu (I’m hoping it’s a seasonal item & not discontinued)

  7. I love your recipes! Thanks so much! Do you have a recipe for the coconut shrimp? That is my favorite

  8. Do you have any suggestions on their spring rolls and sweet and sour sauce? Can’t wait to try some of these recipes. Thank you!

    1. I have the recipe for their copycat sweet and sour sauce. I’ll add their spring rolls to my research list.

  9. I’d love to see you do their seasonal dish (which should be put on the regular menu) honey sesame chicken!

  10. I’d love it if you had Panda Express’ recipe for Honey Sesame Chicken (which they’ve only had off and on a couple times).

  11. I see others requested it too, but I vote for Panda Express’s eggplant tofu recipe. Not all PE’s have it, but it is still available.

    1. YES, eggplant tofu!! I was so excited when I read that you had every single Panda Express recipe, but then was so disappointed that this was not one of them. 🙁

  12. I’m a Foodie from Portland and like to have more recipes Such as Filipino food like bistek and pancit or Hawaiian recipes Khalsa pork and Mac salads are a plus

  13. IDK iF Panda Express still makes this one but for vegetarians it was soooo good it had egg plant, tofu, veggies and noodles and possibly cashews or peanuts. I haven’t had it in 17 years (i moved to a deserted island ) but if you could find it oh man would I love to have that recipe. Thanks love what you do here. Brandee

  14. Panda Express had an Angus Beef with Aparagus that was spicy & delicious. Any chance you can develop a copy cat recipe for that?

      1. Can you create a GoFundMe for us to pay you to go eat these “missing” recipes, practice these meals, and then give us out the recipes? I’d like to help fund you for that. Again, however all of us can help you … I want to be part of that Group to reward you back for giving so much to all of us. Basically, I don’t want to “freeload” off of you & your work.
        Sincerely, David Fullerton

  15. They had a 5 flavor shrimp that was awesome and no longer carry. Do you know the recipe to that by chance. I’m very excited to try these recipes.

  16. I’ve made the mushroom chicken, the walnut honey shrimp and the orange chicken and all three are excellent! I used too big of an orange for the orange chicken (no actual measurement is given), but otherwise it was awesome. I’ll use a medium size orange next time. I highly recommend all of these and I plan to try the other recipes as well. I’ll let you know what I think of those. So far three for three! Thanks for the recipes.?

    @ 8 Treasure Chicken Breast (2018)
    All-white meat chicken, diced Chinese pork sausage, red and green bell peppers, celery, Chinese black beans, and whole dry chili peppers wok-tossed with a rich, spicy, savory sauce.
    @ Asian Chicken
    @ Broccoli Chicken
    @ Chili Sauce
    @ Country Style Bean Curd
    @ Egg Flower Soup
    @ Five Flavor Shrimp (2017)
    Large marinated shrimp, red bell peppers, onions, and green string beans wok-tossed in a “Chinese-inspired umami sauce.”
    @ Grilled Asian Chicken
    @ Kung Pao Shrimp
    @ Peking Pork (2017)
    The Peking Pork entree features crispy, lightly battered pork chop bites accompanied with green bell peppers and onions tossed in a savory sweet and sour glaze.
    @ Potsticker Sauce
    @ Spicy Shrimp
    @ Teriyaki Chicken
    @ Wok-Seared Steak & Shrimp
    Premium Angus top sirloin and large succulent shrimp hand-tossed in a hot sizzling wok with potatoes, snap peas, bell peppers, onions and a Chinese-inspired steak sauce.
    Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp

  18. Only one I can tell that is missing is the honey sesame chicken that Panda only has at certain times of the year… can you do that one?? I love it!!

  19. Love your recipes. I have made the Honey Walnut Shrimp and the Chow Main. Thank you so much for all of them. Wondering if you’re going to have one for the Honey Sesame Chicken breast. Thank you again.

    1. Don’t panic, Barry. This is only a listing of recipes – each picture has a link to the full post and recipe for each item. The recipe card for each recipe has a button you can click on to format the recipe for printing. Hope that helps!

  20. Hi, I just found your blog just now, so I haven’t tried any out yet, but I’m definitely going to! My new favorite is a steak and shrimp that is a little spicy. If you are still recreating new ones, I’d love for you to try that one! 🙂 Do you ever freeze them after you’ve made one?

  21. Panda Express now makes a mushroom chicken with zucchini. It’s very good. Can you look into this dish and replicate? It’s really good and I would love to try and make it at home. Thanks

  22. A few recipes I’d like to try at home if you could get your hands on the recipe, there almond cookies, crab rangoon, an chicken pot stickers. A few others from other Chinese restaurants, like the boneless spare ribs, and the beef an pork lo mein. Love your recipes, I’ve only tried the cream cheese ragoon, trying the general tso chicken next looking forward to your next Chinese food dish!! ???

  23. Have you tried panda’s peking pork, I know they don’t offer it all the time. I’d love to make that one. 

  24. you have the sweet and sour sauce. can you find the panda express recipe for their teriyaki sauce.

    1. I have a recipe for Panda Express Teryiaki Chicken that includes the sauce you’re looking for. Enjoy!

    2. PE has put their Orange Chicken sauce and the Mandarin Chicken sauce out in grocery stores now. Found these two at Wal-Mart, and would love for them to put more of their sauces and perhaps seasonings out as well.

  25. I think you missed the Spicy Eggplant and Tofu recipe. Based on these recipes, I’ll bet you come up with a fantastic platter!

    1. That’s the one I was looking for as well. I’d heard they don’t make it anymore. I haven’t been to a panda ex. In 17 years since moving but it used to be my favorite dish. I hope she can find it.

  26. So far I’ve made the Kung Pao Chicken, Firecracker Chicken and Kung Pao (Shrimp) since I had a bunch of shrimp I didn’t cook from a different meal. They we all amazing my family loved them. Thanks Sooo much for these awesome any easy recipes. Today it’s String Bean Chicken Breast with Chow Mein!

  27. Oh my!!! You may be my new favorite person!! My son is about to come home from college at thanksgiving and panda has been our thing for years!! I’m ready, thank to you and your hard work. I’ll come back and leave the five stars once I’ve made them all, can’t wait!! And thanks a ton!!

    1. I haven’t been able to find it locally to be able to do a side-by-side taste comparison but it’s on my list so stay tuned.

  28. Their honey sesame chicken is a seasonal dish they won’t put it on the permanent menu but it’s one of my favorites! Have you tried to recreate it yet?

    1. I WOULD GIVE MY RIGHT ARM FOR THAT RECIPE. I want to recreate it so badly but it was discontinued and I can’t get it. I wrote and called Panda Express to ask for it. They even once reached out to me to ask me to promote something for them and I replied with, “sure in exchange for the potato chicken recipe” and they said no.

      1. the Potato Chicken is SO GOOD. I keep hoping they’ll bring it back, but they haven’t :c One can hope, I suppose.

        Have you done the Eggplant Tofu yet?

        1. I have been testing it for a while. I don’t quite understand the texture they get on the tofu. I am still testing if its deep fried and if so for how long. I’ve eaten way too many of these plates! And YES, I miss the potato chicken! I want it back!

          1. I’ve made the tofu the way they did once using firm tofu and just quickly cooking in a wok til golden. You can marinate it with soy sauce and ginger prior to cooking it gives it some taste

      2. The potato chicken was never discontinued in my area. We get it all the time! Keep an eye out when you travel (I’m in L.A. County btw)

      3. I have not tried this but thought I would share the recipe for potato chicken stir fry.
        They claim it is from a Panda Express cook.

        1. Thank you! I had another person send that one to me too. I need to start working on it in the new year. Thanks so much for thinking of me.

  29. Please, oh please, can you make a copycat recipe for their eggrolls?! That’s the only item I love that’s missing from this list 🙂 Unless you can also recreate their sweet awesome fortune cookies!

    I too grew up on Panda Inn and Panda Express after living in central and southern California as a kid, but after moving back to Texas (and way out in the country), I have neither, so I’ll be trying many of these items soon! 🙂

    1. Nope, sorry 🙁 I also wish I had a chance to recreate the Potato Chicken but it went away before I got to it.

    1. Yes, that’s definitely a good one too! If you go to the site and type in General Tso’s into the search option, you’ll find the recipe there. Enjoy!

    1. Yes, I have that one too! Just go to the search option on the blog and type in Panda Express Firecracker Chicken, it will take you right to it! Enjoy!

    1. That sounds delicious! I haven’t ever seen the entree in the store but the second I do I will snag 2 large orders and get to experimenting with it!

    2. I second this request! The Honey Sesame Chicken is amazing and I’m always sad when they only bring it back for a limited time. I would love to be able to make this one at home.

  30. They have a steak dish that costs a dollar extra that is delicious. I would love that! Thanks for th copycats. 🙂

  31. I don’t see my favorite Eggplant and Tofu dish from Panda Express.
    My silly local Panda doesn’t carry it because it doesn’t sell well.

  32. Yum, I am gluten free so Panda is not part of my life any longer, but this is a great starting point. Just switch out the flour and the thickening agent and I can enjoy my favorites again. 🙂


    1. Love your recipes! Looking for PE’s copycat recipe for Angus Steak (spicy) with Asparagus (seasonal), as it’s crazy good! I think there’s a PE string bean, onion, & Angus steak dish that I’d love the recipe for also. Thanks so much for your recipes!!!

  33. I have already tried more than few of your Panda Express copy cat recipes!! Your version of Panda Express is FAR BETTER than Panda’s!!! Hopefully, you are not sued by them and you can keep re-creating BETTER version for all of us 😀 Seriously!!!