Honey Sesame Chicken – Panda Express Copycat

30 mins
20 mins
Chinese takeout at home and even better but this time we’re making Honey Sesame Chicken! It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory with that rich nutty flavor from the toasted sesame oil. Perfect to enjoy over a bed of rice or some noodles.
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Honey Sesame Chicken – Panda Express Copycat

Chinese takeout at home and even better but this time we’re making Honey Sesame Chicken! It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory with that rich nutty flavor from the toasted sesame oil. Perfect to enjoy over a bed of rice or some noodles.

If you’ve never had the honey sesame chicken from Panda Express, you’ve been missing out until now. Unfortunately they took it off their menu here in the states but it’s so good. Imagine crispy battered pieces of chicken coated in a honey sesame sauce alongside bell peppers and green beans!

How to Prepare the Chicken

Start out with chicken breast that has been cut into small pieces. Then you’ll prepare both a wet and dry batter!

Here’s what you need for the wet batter:
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Just whisk together the eggs, salt, and black pepper and add the chopped chicken in. Make sure each piece is fully coated in the wet batter.

Here’s what you need for the dry batter:
  • Cornstarch
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Now for my favorite trick that saves so much time and leaves no mess! Add all the dry ingredients to a ziplock bag and shake around. Then transfer the chicken from the wet batter to the ziplock bag, making sure to let any excess wet batter drip off. Seal the ziplock bag really well and shake it around so each piece is fully coated well in the dry batter. Take the chicken out of the ziplock bag and transfer to a plate.

Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan. Once the oil is hot enough, add the chicken in and fry in batches so it’s not over crowded. Once golden and crispy, take it out of the oil and let any excess oil drain on a wire rack.

THE Veggies

My favorite part about this dish is all the veggies and the color/vibrance they bring! We will be using yellow bell pepper and green beans just like Panda Express does but feel free to switch it up and use any you’d like. They both add a nice sweetness and make the meal as a whole, more filling.

To a small pan, add sesame oil over medium-high heat and add the sliced yellow bell pepper and chopped greens beans. Sauté until golden and soft and then set aside.

Making the Honey Sesame Sauce

Now for the best part, the honey sesame sauce! It’s so simple to make and absolutely delicious. I like to make the sauce first and then work on battering the chicken so that after frying, I can toss it immediately into the sauce.

Here are the ingredients you will need:
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • honey
  • ketchup
  • rice vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • red pepper flakes
  • sesame oil
  • fresh garlic, minced
  • cornstarch + water

Just add all the ingredients to a sauce pan over medium heat and simmer. Once simmering, combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to the sauce to thicken it up. Once it coats the back of your spoon, transfer to a bowl.

When the chicken is done frying, toss it in the sauce and add the veggies along with lots of toasted sesame seeds.

What to Serve it With

The options are endless of what to serve it with. My favorite way to enjoy it is with some steamed Jasmine rice or coconut rice. It’s also delicious with fried rice or chow mien. Another delicious side to serve it with is some green onion paratha. For a whole spread, try making some crab rangoons on the side.

Other Takeout Recipes to Try

Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat
McDonald’s Chicken Snack Wrap
Bang Bang Shrimp
Mongolian Beef
Crab Rangoons

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Honey Sesame Chicken

Chinese takeout at home and even better but this time we're making Honey Sesame Chicken! It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory with that rich nutty flavor from the toasted sesame oil. Perfect to enjoy over a bed of rice or some noodles.

Chinese takeout at home and even better but this time we're making Honey Sesame Chicken! It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory with that rich nutty flavor from the toasted sesame oil. Perfect to enjoy over a bed of rice or some noodles.

30 mins
20 mins

Ingredients

VEGETABLE STIR FRY
  • 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green beans chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
OTHER
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
WET BATTER
  • 2 large eggs
  • sprinkle of salt
  • sprinkle of black pepper
DRY BATTER
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • sprinkle of salt
  • sprinkle of black pepper
SESAME SAUCE
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. To a ziplock bag, add flour, cornstarch, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of black pepper to taste. Mix together.
  2. In a deep bowl, whisk together eggs, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of black pepper to taste.
  3. Add all the chicken into the wet batter.
  4. Take out the chicken one piece at a time, letting the wet excess drip off and transfer to the ziplock bag. Once all the chicken is in the bag, seal it tightly and shake it around well until each piece is coated evenly. Take out the chicken, shaking any excess dry batter off and set aside.
  5. Over medium-high heat to a saucepan, add soy sauce, honey, ketchup, rice vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and minced garlic. Mix together, bring to a simmer, and then lower the heat. Combine the water and cornstarch and pour in the pan to thicken the sauce into a glaze. Once it coats the back of spoon, take off the heat and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.
  6. To stir-fry the veggies, add sesame oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, toss in the bell peppers and green beans. Sauce for about 5 minutes or until golden.
  7. Heat vegetable oil to 350°F in a frying pan. Drop the breaded chicken in, making sure not to overcrowd. Fry in two batches. Once golden, about 5 to 6 minutes, take out of the oil and drain on a wire rack.
  8. Toss the chicken in the sauce/glaze along with the veggies and sesame seeds.
  9. Enjoy with rice or noodles.
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Delicious!! Super clear instructions, makes it so easy to cook! 100% recommend 🙂

Sooooo good recipe and easy to make.

I’ve made this several times for my family. It’s easy to make and so delicious! Definitely recommend.

Delicious! I want to lick the plate!
I made it with chicken and now I’ll try with tofu.

Absolutely delicious! Turned out perfect!!

FIRE. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out amazing. Literally restaurant quality. 10/10!!

This recipe was amazing my kids and I loved it. It was easy to make the directions were very clear and easy to understand. Thanks can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

Magnificent ??Im chewing it now
My kids loved it

This was such a different dish, I did not expect the sauce to taste sooo good! It was my first time having this still I’m sure, it’s better than the original. Thankyou for this recipe!

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