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Panda Express firecracker chicken with rice

Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Copycat

Panda Express Firecracker Chicken features crispy chunks of white breast meat and fresh bell peppers, all coated in a sweet and hot black bean sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Panda Express Firecracker Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 719 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced into 1" strips or chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced into 1" strips
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce or to taste
  • 6 pieces whole dry chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black beans washed
  • 1/2 white onion sliced into 1/2 inch wedges
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced

For the Chicken:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts boneless and skinless - cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs beaten


  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Place a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
  2. Pat dry the chicken pieces and lightly season with salt.
  3. Wait for the oil to start shimmering.
  4. Working one at a time, dredge the chicken pieces in flour, dip into beaten eggs, then dredge in flour again, pressing to coat.
  5. Add chicken to the skillet, and cook until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes on each side. Make sure to work in batches and do NOT overcrowd the pan. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate once done. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  6. Discard the vegetable oil and wipe clean the skillet. Place it back over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil.
  7. Once shimmering, add bell peppers, chili peppers, and onion, cook stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add ginger, garlic, and black beans. Stir to combine, cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Stir in the fried chicken and Thai sweet chili sauce, for about 1-2 minutes.
  10. Mix Sauce ingredients in a bowl and add to the pan.
  11. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  12. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions, sesame seeds.
  13. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 719 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 227mg76%
Sodium 1248mg54%
Potassium 1134mg32%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 1366IU27%
Vitamin C 98mg119%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.