Panda Express Mushroom Chicken in just 20 minutes!
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken with quickly sauteed zucchini and mushrooms and tender chicken breast makes a delicious quick Chinese “takeout” meal you’d be happy to eat every night and that your scale won’t exact it’s revenge on your for it!
Update: Over the last year we have made this recipe the original way and with small variations while taste testing against the original. Lots of Panda Express visits, lots of testing (think Monica trying to recreate Phoebe’s grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe) and I think I’ve gotten to the point where we can call this a spot on copycat!
Panda Express has been a go to take out lunch since I was a kid. Orange chicken, beef and broccoli and chow mein had been my go-to order until I turned 21 and started becoming more aware of my calorie intake. When I started looking at the nutritional facts I felt a little sick. I had no idea such a small amount of orange chicken could pack in so much fat and calories.
So I did a bit more research and you can enjoy Panda Express with FAR less fat and calories by choosing different “entrees.” My new go to became Panda Express Mushroom Chicken, beef and broccoli and steamed vegetables. I think that clocked in around 60% less calories! I did miss the taste of the orange chicken, but to be honest the mushroom chicken (which I normally would not have chosen) was DELICIOUS!
It took me a fair bit of searching and a few failed tries at making a dish that reminded me of the original but this recipe has been our go-to for a couple of years now and has been universally enjoyed. The best part is, the recipe is so incredibly easy, you can throw it together in as long as it takes to make rice to go with it!
I do have to add a disclaimer though, this is not a *spot* on recreation. The balsamic is a little strong so you can taste it. But it does taste a lot like it, so until I do more research this is the best I’ve got if you are looking for a copycat for Panda Express Mushroom Chicken! Yep, I have been working on this recipe all year and it’s gotten an update!!
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- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into thin bite sized slices
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms , sliced (white mushrooms are authentic to the recipe, but I love crimini)
- 1 medium zucchini , cut in half lengthwise, then in ½ inch slices
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger (or ½ teaspoon ground ginger)
- sesame seeds , for garnish (optional)
- Toss the chicken with cornstarch.
- Heat the canola and sesame oil in the pan.
- Add chicken and cook on medium-high until browned on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Remove chicken from the pan, and turn the heat up to high.
- Add in the mushrooms and zucchini and cook until they start to brown.
- Add the garlic and ginger and cook/stir for 30 seconds.
- Cook for another 2-3 minutes as vegetables soften a little.
- Add the chicken back in and stir to coat.
- Add in the soy sauce, sugar and rice wine vinegar and stir to coat.
- Serve with Perfect Brown Rice.
Can this be made with tofu instead of chicken? Thanks.
Great question! I have never tested the recipe with tofu.
So good thank you for the simple but delish recipe! Kids loved them too!! This is definitely going on our list of fav dishes.
Been making this recipe for almost 5 years, we love it! But I thought I was going crazy for a second when I pulled it up to check the ingredients and didn’t see the Balsamic vinegar listed! lol. But now I see you made adjustments, so I can’t wait to try the update!
I have one question though – seasoned or plain rice vinegar?
Thanks for helping me make one of my favorite meals at home!
Very good. Super easy to make.
I used to be a chef at panda Express for 4 years, and mushroom chicken is definitely my fave dish. I got to it it for free every working days. I could say that this recipe taste very close from the restaurant recipe. I’ll give it 7.5/10
Don’t make its a waste of food and you have to fix it because the recipe is totally wrong
Way to much ginger… overpowered the dish
Missing sauce. Soy, vinegar and sugar did not cut it!
Nope! Nothing like it! Missing some
Kind of sauce. Soy, vinegar and sugar is not it.
Yummy! I added some diced onion, but kept everything else as is. Will definitely add to our dinner rotation. Thank you!
Super easy recipe! I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough sauce (we love our foods saucy) but it was perfect! Definitely making again. I added green, orange and red peppers as well as mushrooms and zucchini. Served with cauliflower rice.
For as long as I can remember, Mushroom Chicken is/was my go to entrée when going to Panda, even now as an adult. The only issue I have with going there, is sometimes the chicken used can be fatty or have gristley pieces still which I’m not a big fan of. So when I found this, you better believe I had to try to make it. Tonight was my first attempt making; I’m so pleased at how nearly identical to the flavor everything was! I did notice the sauce/coating wasn’t as much as you normally find at Panda, but maybe that makes it healthier? This is page is now bookmarked on my phone and will definitely make it again! Maybe will try to get it a little more saucy to go on rice, but still great recipe, thanks!!
Sounds yummy. How much is the serving size for 27 grams Protein?Had weight loss surgery, so got to watch portion sizes and nutrition ofcourse, but don’t want to give up all the foods I use to enjoy. Have never used, sodium is high, but G Hughes has a sugar free orange marinade that might be worth a try.
This recipe was awesome! So easy to follow. I love Panda Express’ mushroom chicken, and man this is extremely close!! I used chicken thighs like other commenters and used ginger powder. Thank you!!
This recipe is so poorly written….the steps don’t make sense, please review.
Can you clarify which parts are confusing?
Is the nutrition value for 4 servings or for 1?
This tasted fantastic! Thank you! It did take me longer than 20 minutes but worth it. Oh, I did add a little chopped onion to vegetables. Delicious!
This was amazing! I tweaked it a little by adding broccoli and I felt the veggies were sticking to the bottom of the pan while I was sautéing them so I added some water and deglazed the pan while they steamed. So easy and so delicious. Definitely making it again! I love your recipes Sabrina!
Made this today. So so good. I added sweet snow pea pods as i love them and don’t like squash. So i give my wife the zuchinni and i eat the peas and mushrooms. One of my go to’s when i get Panda. Great stuff. thanks. Only issue was that my chicken with corn starch was sticking to the pan bottom and making a stick mess. I guess i need a real wok. ;p
Delicious. I used boneless and skinless chicken thighs. Less soy sauce but added oyster sauce and crushed red peppers for kick. Been doing this for years. Thank you. God bless. ??????
I made this recipe expecting it would taste at least ok. Well I’m here to tell you that it turned out wonderfully well. It was *so* good and did seem like it was very close to Panda Express’s version. It was the closest of any copycat recipe I’ve ever tried. Yum. I used boneless, skinless thighs.Thanks Sabrina. Next I’m going to try the orange chicken! — I have to say thought that there are way too many ads on this page and the videos with sound I can’t turn off are extremely annoying.
Need to use boneless thighs instead of breasts
Great recipe! We added broccoli and sugar snap peas to ours and it turned out well. Thanks!
Thank you, Ed! glad it turned out well!
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