Yield: 6 people

rPanda Express Black Pepper Chicken Copycat Recipe

  rPanda Express Black Pepper Chicken Copycat Recipe

Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken Copycat Recipe - a delicious Chinese inspired dish based off Panda Express' popular black pepper chicken! Tastes just like it is from Panda Express but a million times better with tons of garlic and black pepper chicken flavor for dinner the whole family will love - faster than it takes to pick up takeout! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Chicken:

  • 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder


For the Sauce:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together and set aside. 

For the Chicken:

  1. Pat chicken dry and cut into 1" cubes. 
  2. Place chicken in bowl, and toss well in cornstarch, pepper, and salt. 
  3. Heat peanut oil over medium heat in a large skillet on medium high until shimmery.
  4. Add chicken to oil in small batches so it can cook quickly - don't overcrowd pan. 
  5. Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate and repeat the sauteing process with the rest of the chicken in batches until done. 
  6. Place all the chicken back into the pan and add vegetables, saute for about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  7. Add sauce and broth to pan, bring mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Serve over a large bowl of rice and enjoy! 

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 406Saturated Fat 5gCholesterol 110mgSodium 440mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 21g

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