Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast (Copycat)

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Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.

Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast is a healthy option that took me a bit of time to come around to when I was cutting back on calories and points. For months I would just order Kung Pao Chicken, Beef and Broccoli and Mushroom Chicken without wanting to branch out.

When you have a routine, changing can be tough. Then one day I was sort of sick of those choices and I ordered this String Bean Chicken Breast and Black Pepper Chicken. Total love, the mellow, ginger soy sauce of the String Bean Chicken Breast plays amazingly against the aggressive Black Pepper Chicken. (Don’t feel the need to go searching for all those recipes, I’ve linked to them below for you 🙂 ).

You don’t need a ton of ingredients for the recipe and I know that it calls for a tiny amount of black bean sauce. It may not be an ingredient you’re familiar with, but it is a staple in a lot of Chinese restaurant recipes. It has a great deep flavor, the kind you find in most “brown” sauces in Chinese food. Rice wine is another ingredient you may be less familiar with. In a pinch I sometimes use white wine, or if I need more than just a bit and I am out? I sometimes use sherry wine. That being said, keep a bottle on hand if you like Chinese food, you’ll find yourself using it more than you would expect.

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Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.

Recipe

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Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast

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  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast , sliced into thin pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger , minced
  • 1 pound green beans , fresh, trimmed
  • 1 cup onion , peeled, cut into 1/2 inch wedges

Instructions

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

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  1. Add the chicken, soy sauce, black bean sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, cornstarch and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Toss to coat and let sit for 15 minutes while you prep your vegetables.
  3. In a large skillet or wok, heat the canola oil on high heat.
  4. Add chicken and cook quickly, searing the chicken, cooking through and removing it as quickly as you can.
  5. Add the green beans and onion to the wok and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly softened but still crisp.
  6. Add the garlic and ginger, stir quickly for 15-20 seconds (you don't want it to burn) and add the chicken back into the skillet.
  7. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.

Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.
Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.
Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast with onions cooked quickly in a wok in a light ginger soy sauce.

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  1. Yum! And I love that it’s quicker than a frozen pizza!

    I love black bean sauce – it does add a delicious depth of flavor with just a little drizzle!

  2. I’m always up for a good Chinese food recipe, copycat or not. I have to admit that I’m not big on string beans, but this looks like a great, comforting recipe to enjoy them with.

  3. This was super yummy and fun to make. Quick question. Is the soy sauce “ginger” enhanced? Or did I miss adding ginger in the recipe? Love your recipes!

    1. So sorry, this comment got snared in the spam filter somehow! The ginger gets added in with the garlic, thanks so for pointing that out, I updated it. 🙂

  4. I’m going to try this tonight. I just discovered your blog, everything looks so amazing! So much inspiration.

  5. I am a huge Panda Express fan and always order this dish. I made your recipe and my family and I agree this was better! It was easy and so good. So glad i found this. Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
  6. Great recipe. Only problem was the green bean needed to be steamed or sauteed slightly longer, I cooked mine for like 7 minutes with a lid and they were pretty raw and too crispy.

    Rating: 4
  7. It was very good! Family (including two year old loved it). Might’ve been that I had more chicken then recipe called for but, it didn’t taste like Panda Express. Still very good and going in my arsenal. 

    Rating: 4
  8. I made this and it was delicious, only thing i did different was after i seared the chicken and removed them, i put the string beans and onions in and added a little water to steam them sort of speak and stirring then added the ginger and garlic

    Rating: 5