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Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken Copycat

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


  • 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
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice

For the Sauce:

  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder


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


*If you cant find chili vinegar you can make your own combine 1/2 cup vinegar with one jalapeno and soak for 30 minutes. Remove the jalapeno and use 1 tablespoon for this recipe.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 339Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 137mgSodium 636mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 30g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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