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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 719kcal
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


  • Place a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
  • Pat dry the chicken pieces and lightly season with salt.
  • Wait for the oil to start shimmering.
  • Working one at a time, dredge the chicken pieces in flour, dip into beaten eggs, then dredge in flour again, pressing to coat.
  • 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.
  • Discard the vegetable oil and wipe clean the skillet. Place it back over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil.
  • Once shimmering, add bell peppers, chili peppers, and onion, cook stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add ginger, garlic, and black beans. Stir to combine, cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the fried chicken and Thai sweet chili sauce, for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix Sauce ingredients in a bowl and add to the pan.
  • Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onions, sesame seeds.
  • Serve with rice.



Calories: 719kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 1134mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1366IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg