Panda Express SweetFire Chicken Breast (Copycat)

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Panda Express Sweetfire Chicken Breast made with crispy chicken with garlic, red bell peppers, onions and pineapples in a sweet and spicy chili sauce.

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!I’ve been saving this Panda Express Sweetfire Chicken Breast recipe for a couple of months and let a couple of other Panda Express Recipes leapfrog it because I’m a total sap and thought it would be cute to save it for the Valentine’s Day lead up posts! I know, I know, I’m a total cheeseball.

This recipe is simple and leans pretty heavily on sweet chili sauce (I love this Trader Joe’s option for it) and is a pretty simple and straightforward recipe. The only thing I wanted to note in case you miss the note in the recipe section is that if you want it to be a true copycat don’t dice the chicken into cubes. You need to cut the chicken into thinner squares, so like a 1 inch by 1 inch square that is maybe 1/4 inch thick. Think of it like the shape of a matchbook a thin square.

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!

So if you’ve been following along you know that I’ve been on a mission to recreate the entire Panda Express menu. Why you ask? Well, as a general rule if I go out for fast food my default options I usually pick are In-N-Out (I made the Animal Style Double Double Cheeseburger and the Animal Style French Fries) and Panda Express. So if you would like to take a trip down Chinese food memory lane, here are all the other recipes we have so far so you can build your two or three item plates at home.

Also it is worth noting that even though the recipe uses white meat, this recipe is only marginally healthier than orange chicken. Just wanted to be up front about that with you guys. In the past I’ve seen the ads that highlight the healthier white meat in the recipe but a quick glance at the nutrition facts says it all. As cookie monster puts it (or at least did for a season or two when he ate veggies), we consider this a sometimes food. Haha. For Panda Express recipes I make all the time, I would stick to the Mushroom Chicken, Black Pepper Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken which are all pretty darn healthy.

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!

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Panda Express SweetFire Chicken Breast (Copycat)

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  • Yield: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Course: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil , divided
  • 1 pound boneless , skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch squares, but thinly*
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 white onion , sliced into 1 inch thick wedges
  • 2 cups pineapple , cubed into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons green onions , chopped for garnish
  • sesame seeds , for garnish

Instructions

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

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. In a large ziploc bag add the chicken and cornstarch, seal and shake until totally covered.
  3. Dip each piece into the egg to cover, then dregde into the flour (to be honest I usually just add flour back into the original ziploc bag and add the chicken back into it and shake it a little each time so the chicken doesn't stick to each other.)
  4. Working in batches, cook for 2 minutes on the first side and one minute on the second side or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Remove from the pan.
  6. Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in your skillet over medium high heat.
  7. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic and pineapple

  8. Cook until the bell pepper and pineapple just starts to wilt a little and is warm throughout (about 2-3 minutes)
  9. Add the chicken back in and add in the sweet chili sauce.
  10. Stir to combine everything and serve immediately.
  11. If using the green onions and sesame seeds, sprinkle them on top as a garnish.

Recipe Notes

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* Don't dice the chicken into cubes. You need to cut the chicken into thinner squares, so like a 1 inch by 1 inch square that is maybe 1/4 inch thick. Think of it like the shape of a matchbook a thin square.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 , Amount per serving: calories

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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!

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!
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!

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  1. Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing. This is actually one of my favorite dishes at Panda Express. I love your recipe… thanks for sharing

  2. This looks amazing! I love Chinese food, so I know I’d love this recipe. I need to make this soon. My husband and I really love Chinese! Yum!

  3. Recipes likes these are my favorite. I hate frying stuff though so I never make them. Maybe I will give this a spin-I am juts so scared to fry!

  4. Just wanted to thank you for this. We tried it yesterday and it was amazing! Perhaps better than the real deal! Allow me to share a couple of cooking tips. Firstly, step 7 in the cooking process appears to leave out the white onion. If you follow the steps like we did, you will find yourself with a pile of raw onion when it is time to combine everything. Secondly, we made sure to buy the Panda Express brand sweet chili sauce. We found it at Walmart. It really made it very authentic.

    1. Whoops! Off to correct that, sometimes as I am editing and rewriting I have a habit of deleting a line of text. Good catch! So glad you enjoyed it, this is definitely one of my favorite copycats!

    2. I was wondering that also, like wouldn’t the onions be raw, but i just added them in when I was mixing the bell pepper, pineapples, and garlic with the oil.

  5. I wanted to cook for my fiance and decided to make her SweetFire Chicken Breast (her favorite thing from panda). I’m not really good in the kitchen but I followed your recipe and it came out great. She loved it and I love it! And it came out great. Thank you for your copycat recipe.

  6. I love Panda Express and have been looking for a recipe for their vegetables. Have you recreated that one yet? Thanks so much.

  7. This recipe is OFF THE CHARTS AMAZING!

    My family liked the Panda Express recipe, but as you stated, hot off the personal stove delishiousness, has the family in LOVE!!! I don’t think we have eaten “Asian food” so much in a month. Devoting once a week to trials of your other copycat recipes has made the tablecloth stand at attention! Thank you for sharing the wealth!

  8. This is one of my favorite entrees when I go to Panda Express! Hoping to make this in the coming week or so for my family, sounds delicious! Thanks a lot!

  9. This was soooo good!! My husband and I tried it, and will be making it again soon!! We did use sweet peppers, cut thin on a mandolin (sp?) slicer, as we already had it 🙂 turned out very good 🙂 thank you so much!!

  10. I just made this for dinner and it was amazing!!! Paired it with some white rice and it was perfect. Thanks for the great recipe! 

    Rating: 5
  11. I’ve never posted. review for a recipe before but this was AMAZING!  I made it and hubby & I both flipped over it!  Thanks so much for sharing!  Can’t wait to try the rest of your copycat recipes!  

    1. It means a lot that you loved it so much you came back to let me know! I love copycat recipes so there’s always an ongoing list of wonderful ones to choose from!

  12. Just made it tonight !!  Wife loved it . Instead of a able spoon of oil at the end ,I used the pineapple juice .   Came out great !!!

    Rating: 5
  13. I made this recipe tonight and it came out FANTASTIC!!!!!! Family LOVED it!!! I am not a very good cook so I was kind of shocked!! It really was excellent! I followed your recipe word for word-perfection! My daughter said I easily could have told her it was take out. Next recipe up-Orange Chicken!!

    Rating: 5
  14. I just made this recipe and want to send hugs out there to the chef! This recipe is on the spot. Only thing I changed is, our grocery store actually sells the panda Express sweet chili sauce, so I used that instead. BTW just wanted to point out, I could just be missing it but I don’t think the white onions are listed when it’s time to put it in the pan and stirfry. I just put them in with the bell peppers. Thanks again!

    Rating: 5
    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! So sorry the onion was missing from the instructions, but you added it in perfectly.

  15. Discovered you website by accident. Tried orange chicken last week and today tried sweet fire. Love them both. Thank you so much. I am for sure your everyday visitor. Quick question, do you have a paper cookbook that you sell?

    Rating: 5