How to Make Panda Express Mandarin Chicken

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Panda Express Mandarin Chicken

Packed with a slightly sweet and tangy flavor, the Panda Express Mandarin Chicken entree found at malls around America can become a home-cooked family favorite. The Panda Express Mandarin Chicken recipe is fairly easily to replicate with basic ingredients, but does require a grill for best results. The home-cooked version of this dish is easier on the wallet than the restaurant's version and can be customized for diet or taste preferences. Making Panda Express Mandarin Chicken relies heavily on use of the restaurant's bottled sauce. If you do not have the sauce on hand, you can learn how to make your own Panda Express Mandarin Sauce. Leftovers store easily in the refrigerator and can be heated in the microwave on medium or on the range in a pot. Doubling the recipe makes extra chicken that can be used on a pasta dish, on a hot sandwich, or as an Asian salad topping.

Mandarinchicken.jpgFlickr: stevendepolo
Offered by Panda Express
Customer service phone 1-800-877-8988[1]
Served as Main Dish
Main ingredients Chicken, Panda Express sauce
Cooking method Grilling
Similar to Pei Wei Honey Seared Chicken
Author Laura Acevedo

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Panda Express Mandarin Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs (or other dark meat)
  • 1 cup Panda Express Mandarin sauce

Recipe courtesy of Panda Express[2]

Panda Express Mandarin Chicken Recipe

  1. Clean and prepare chicken thighs.
  2. Place chicken in a medium-sized bowl and cover with 1/2 cup of Panda Express Mandarin sauce. Stir to ensure all chicken pieces are well-covered in sauce.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a top.
  4. Place container in a refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes to marinate. Avoid marinating for longer than an hour to prevent the chicken getting too soft.
  5. Preheat the grilling surface.
  6. Remove chicken from refrigerator.
  7. Use tongs to place chicken thighs on grill.
  8. Grill chicken on each side. Cook until the internal temperature is at least 165.[3]
  9. Remove chicken from grill and cut into strips.
  10. Heat 1/2 cup of sauce in a small pot on low.
  11. Place chicken in a bowl, then pour heated sauce over chicken. Stir to coat all pieces evenly.
  12. Serve Mandarin chicken over noodles, rice or vegetables as desired.

How to Make Panda Express Mandarin Chicken Video

Watch how to make an easy Mandarin chicken dish that incorporates mandarin oranges and some veggies and uses alternative sauce ingredients.


  • Add some red pepper flakes and black pepper for some added heat, or reduce the amount of sauce for a lower-calorie meal.
  • Consider balancing the sweet with some lime or lemon juice for a more tangy flavor. Adding a bit of orange juice is another method of adding some zing to the dish.
  • Include some cooked broccoli, bamboo shoots, carrots and onions to add veggie power to the dish.
  • Add an 11-ounce can of mandarin orange segments to the finished dish for a sweet taste.[4]
  • You can also use the Mandarin Chicken in a cold salad by combining it with torn lettuce, mandarin oranges, chow mein noodles, and toasted almonds.[5]
  • Use the Mandarin Chicken to make a pasta salad by mixing it with bow tie pasta, 1/2 of a cucumber, diced Roma tomatoes, 6 ounces of fresh spinach, and diced red bell pepper.[6]

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