Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
Published:
5 from 8 reviews

Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken is made from scratch featuring breaded crispy chicken and vibrant vegetables, all tossed in a fantastic honey sesame sauce. It is a healthier, homemade way to enjoy this take-out favorite!

When it comes to Asian food, the sauces are often the star of the dish. Make a batch of this amazing Orange Sauce, General Tso Sauce, and Easy Szechuan Sauce, then store them for quick and delicious stir-fries!

Panda Express honey sesame chicken

Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken (Copycat)

Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken is one of my go-to orders when the Chinese cravings hit. Sadly, they previously took it away from the menu (but apparently, it’s back for good!). However, I don’t want to take any chances, so I made my very own version.

It tastes just like the original Orange Chicken, but much cheaper and healthier because it’s made from scratch with ingredients you control. Also, you can make it with breasts or thighs whichever you prefer. Both versions are flavorful and delicious. 

My top advice: don’t skimp on the ingredients! To achieve that authentic Asian flavor, you need the real stuff like the sweet chili sauce. Don’t worry about not using up the rest of the bottle. I guarantee this will be a staple at your home. Say hello to your new favorite stir-fry meal!

Panda Express honey sesame chicken ingredients

Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken Ingredients:

First, we’ll be frying up the breast strips to make them crispy. You’ll need the following:

  • Breast meat – no skin and bones, sliced into thin strips.
  • Egg mixture – a large egg, a little oil, seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Flour mixture –maximum crispiness, we’re not just using flour but cornstarch too.
  • Vegetable oil – neutral with a high smoke point.

For the sauce, we’ll need:

  • Honey and sweet chili sauce
  • Rice vinegar adds a nice tang
  • Soy sauce balances out the sweet and tangy flavors along with salt
  • Cornstarch as a sauce thickener

To finish, prepare:

  • String beans
  • Bell pepper, yellow
  • Sesame oil adds a delicious nutty flavor to the dish
  • White sesame seeds plus chopped green onions as garnish

Finally, prepare hot white rice to serve. Try the Instant Pot for the easiest, most fool-proof way to perfect white rice!

steps how to make Panda Express honey sesame chicken

How to make Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken?

  1. Crisp up the meat: Submerge lightly in egg, then through the flour. Fry until the breading is crispy, brown, and golden. Then, set aside to eliminate excess oil.
  2. Honey Sesame sauce: Boil all sauce ingredients until thick.
  3. Stir fry: Next, using the pan where you fried the breast strips, leave a couple of tablespoons oil behind. Stir-fry veggies until tender, then return the meat and pour sauce. Finally, stir fry together along with the sesame oil.
  4. Serve: Garnish, then serve immediately with hot white rice.

Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • Try other meats: this recipe will also work with pork and beef strips, or even ground meat.
  • Make it vegetarian: for a meat-free version, use crispy tofu instead.
  • Make it spicy: slice some red finger chilies and add to the stir-fry if you like it spicy.
  • Add crunch: some toasted peanuts, almonds, or cashews add a delicious, nutty crunch to the dish.
  • Make it healthier: skip frying the meat. During the stir-fry step, begin by browning the meat instead of the veggies. Then, follow the rest of the recipe.

What is the difference between Orange and Sesame Chicken?

Orange chicken is sweeter, tangier, and has a lighter color due to the orange juice.

The sesame recipe has more of a nutty, sweet, and savory profile. But both are incredibly delicious!

Panda Express honey sesame chicken in a pan

What to serve with Crispy Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken?

Aside from white coconut rice, I also like serving this with brown rice for additional fiber.

Steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus, or bok choy also makes a healthy and light side dish to this stir-fry.

Watching your carbs? Enjoy it with some cauliflower rice instead. But for the full Chinese take-out experience, have it with egg fried rice or soba noodles!

How to store leftovers?

This dish stores well. However, you should know that when stored, the meat will not be as crispy when reheated (but it’s still delicious!).

  • To refrigerate: First, let it completely cool, then transfer to a sealed container. Refrigerate it for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze: Use a freezer-safe container, and freeze it for up to 3 months. 
  • To reheat: First, thaw overnight in the fridge. Then, microwave it for a few minutes until hot.

More delicious Asian recipes:

Panda Express honey sesame chicken with green beans and bell pepper

 Recipe tips:

  • Use fresh veggies for optimum texture and taste.
  • Also, feel free to use thigh meat if you’re not a fan of white meat.
  • For extra flavor, you can use some freshly minced garlic during the stir-fry. 
  • Because this is a stir fry recipe, it is cooking fast. Therefore, ensure to have all the ingredients ready ahead of time.
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5 from 8 reviews

Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken Copycat

Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken is made from scratch featuring breaded crispy chicken and vibrant vegetables, all tossed in a fantastic honey sesame sauce.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 20 mins

Ingredients

Honey Sesame Sauce:

Veggies:

Garnish & Serve:

Instructions

Nutrition information

Carbohydrates: 66 Protein: 30 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 113 Sodium: 850 Potassium: 763 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 35 Vitamin A: 935 Vitamin C: 70 Calcium: 62 Iron: 3 Calories: 668
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Amber Myers

I showed my kids and they were excited. We just love sesame chicken. I told them I'd make this for dinner one night!

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Ben

BOOYAH! Their honey sesame chicken is my favorite dish. I'll have to make this for sure.

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Terri A Steffes

I love all these Panda Express dishes! I feel like I am eating out while staying at home!

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Tasheena

Panda Express is one of my favorite places to eat at. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

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Beth

This looks like an awesome recipe! I am excited to try to make it.

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Monica Simpson

We love Panda! Definitely adding this to my meal plan for next week.

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Nikki Wayne

Looks so savory,thanks for sharing such a great dish!

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Chef Dennis

I am so loving this Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken! Looks really delicious and can definitely make your mouth water!

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Jennifer

This looks amazing! The one type of food my husband and I can always agree on is some type of Asian cuisine.

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Gervin Khan

Thought it looks familiar but it really is familiar to me. This is so yummy! Highly recommended.

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Melissa

My son loves Panda Express. I am going to try your recipe for the copycat Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken.

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Lynndee

My son will eat a chicken dish every single day. Going to save your recipe. Looks good!

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Kathy

This looks amazing! I love Chinese food. It's one of my favorites. This is actually a favorite of mine as well. I have got to give this recipe a try. I love making Chinese food.

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Ruth I

Me and my kids loves chicken so much. Chicken is our go to meal, the ultimate favorite. This really looks yummy. I love the flavor of this recipe, will definitely try to make this Panda Express's home recipe.

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Rosey

I haven't used string beans in a minute. This has made me miss them. Yum

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rika

It looks amazing! Honey sesame chicken is one of my kid's favorite Panda express entrees!

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