How to Make Panda Express Mandarin Sauce

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Panda Express Mandarin Sauce

The Panda Express Mandarin Sauce recipe makes a tangy, sweet sauce that is a perfect compliment for chicken. The Teriyaki-style sauce can be purchased online or at Panda Express restaurant locations; however, making the sauce at home is a cheap and easy alternative. This Panda Express Mandarin Sauce recipe can be made in batches and stored in your refrigerator for up to a month, which makes it a great "go to" sauce for families with hectic schedules.

While the sauce is traditionally used on chicken thigh meat, it can also be used on chicken breasts and vegetables as a stir fry sauce. It also makes an excellent sweet and sour dipping sauce for chicken fingers. The sauce recipe can be increased to feed a larger group, or minimized for a an individual serving. The standard restaurant recipe pairs one cup of chicken with one cup of sauce, but this proportion is flexible based on strength preferences.[1]

Mandarinchicken.jpgFlickr: stevendepolo
Offered by Panda Express
Customer service phone 1-800-877-8988[2]
Served as Sauce for chicken
Main ingredients Soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar
Cooking method Boiling
Similar to Pei Wei Honey Seared Chicken sauce
Author Katrina Robinson

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Panda Express Mandarin Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce[3]
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice[4]
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch[5]

Panda Express Mandarin Sauce Recipe

  1. Place room temperature water into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add cornstarch to bowl and stir until it dissolves in the water. This may take several minutes.
  3. Measure brown sugar, soy sauce and lemon juice and pour into a small pot.
  4. Mince fresh garlic and fresh ginger. Dried garlic and ginger will work in a pinch, but may not provide the same flavor as fresh.
  5. Place ginger and garlic into pot with the liquids and stir.
  6. Pour the water and cornstarch mixture into the pot.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil over a high heat. Stir constantly to avoid lumps and to keep sauce from scorching.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and allow mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce becomes thick. Continue stirring while the sauce simmers.
  9. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  10. Use sauce immediately over grilled chicken, or place in a storage container and put in your refrigerator. Consider using a squeeze bottle or easy pour bottle for easier use.

Copycat Panda Express Mandarin Sauce

Learn how to craft a Teriyaki sauce that is similar to the Panda Express Mandarin sauce.


  • The Panda Express Mandarin sauces offer a classic Asian flavor, but is a bit high in sugar and salt. For those on a restrictive diet, substituting a low-salt soy sauce, or a soy sauce alternative, can lower the salt content of the sauce without reducing the flavor. White sugar can substitute for the brown sugar, or a sugar substitute suitable for cooking can lower the sugar content of the dish.
  • As is, the sauce is not spicy hot, but red pepper flakes, black pepper or other spices can easily notch up the heat index.
  • For those who like more of a garlic punch, doubling the garlic, or adding some garlic powder to the sauce can help spice up the sauce. Red chili paste is also a spicy ingredient that works well in this sauce.[6]
  • If you want to add a fruity flavor, try lowering the sugar to 1/4 cup and adding a 15 ounce can of mixed fruit, two cans of mandarin oranges, and 1/2 cup of orange juice.[7] For a slightly less fruity taste, simply add a can of pineapple tidbits and a bit of white vinegar to balance the sweetness.[8]
  • If you make a large batch of this sauce, you might want to can it and preserve it for an extended time. Be sure to triple or quadruple the ingredients and use either a water batch canner or a pressure canner.[8]

Also See: How to Make Panda Express Mandarin Chicken, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Barbecue Sauce, How to Make Zaxby's Sauce, How to Make Red Lobster Tartar Sauce, How to Make Red Lobster Alfredo Sauce, How to Make Genghis Grill Sweet N Sour Sauce, How to Make Genghis Grill Honey Soy Sauce, How to Make Genghis Grill Island Teriyaki Sauce


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