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This Panda Express Mushroom Chicken made at home tastes even better than the restaurant’s popular dish! Tender chicken, hearty mushrooms and signature sauce is done faster than you can get takeout.
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken is so easy to make at home! There’s something so comforting about using fresh ingredients and creating a meal in your own kitchen. It takes less time to throw together than it does to get in your car, drive to the restaurant and pick it up. I drive by a Panda Express every day, and yet I still choose to make this savory meal with fresh vegetables and chicken in my own house. If you’re craving a good homemade Chinese stir fry dish, this is the one to try!
Ingredients in Panda Express Mushroom Chicken
The name alone gives away two key ingredients: chicken and mushrooms. Add in thick slices of zucchini and you’re well on your way to making a healthier, simpler version of the popular chicken recipe. Fresh ginger, garlic, rice vinegar and soy sauce create a simple yet savory sauce that tastes delicious served over steamed rice (if you are a big fan of sauce you will want to double the sauce recipe). You’ll love this meal, and so will your family!
Substitutions and Additions
No zucchini at home? No problem! Try some of these veggies and starches in this recipe and create different variations of a bowl every time!
- cauliflower rice
- noodles instead of rice
- garnish with sesame seeds
What Cut of Chicken Should I use in this Copycat Recipe?
Panda Express typically uses chicken thighs for mushroom chicken. The dark meat has more flavor and fat and is actually cheaper to buy. But if you’d like a healthier version, opt for bite size chunks of boneless chicken breasts or tenderloin. I actually prefer chicken breasts in this recipe, but my husband enjoys the darker meat. However, white meat can get a little dry, so make sure not to overcook the chicken. Use canola oil or sesame oil to sear the chicken in a hot pan before adding the marinade and liquid.
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken Sauce
We did a side-by-side comparison of both the Mushroom Chicken and the Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast recipe and concluded the sauce for both of these recipes is exactly the same! Even on the Panda website, for both recipes they say the chicken is “tossed in a light ginger soy sauce”. The mushrooms may give the sauce for this recipe a deeper flavor but the base sauce recipe is the same. So whip up a double batch of sauce and enjoy two favorite copycat recipes at once!
Is Mushroom Chicken Gluten Free?
Most Panda Express recipes from the actual restaurant are NOT gluten-free. However, if you make these dishes at home they are SUPER easy to make GF! For this recipe, all you need to do is use GF soy sauce and just make sure the broth you are using is gluten free. That’s it!
What Goes Well With Panda Express Mushroom Chicken?
With our simple recipes, you can have an entire Chinese feast in no time. Pair this Mushroom Chicken recipe with a few of our favorites:
- Ham Fried Rice
- Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat
- Pai Mai Chopped Cabbage and Chicken Salad
- Pork and Veggie Potstickers
Other Panda Express Entrée Recipes (and more Asian-Inspired Entrees)
We have created delicious copycat recipes to many of your Asian restaurant favorites. Make them all for your next big bash or Friday night date night.
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken (Copycat Recipe)
- Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss in cornstarch until each piece is well coated.
- Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in large skillet or wok.
- Add chicken pieces to skillet one at a time, spacing them apart far enough that they aren’t touching. Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side or until the outside of the chicken is golden brown and is cooked through all the way.
- Remove cooked chicken from skillet, cover, and set aside. Wipe skillet clean. Place skillet back on stovetop over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil.
- Add mushrooms and soy sauce to the skillet and sauté for about 1 minute. Add zucchini and sauté until the zucchini is just cooked through. Do not overcook- the zucchini should still have some bite to it.
- Add chicken back to the skillet and stir in the mild ginger soy sauce (instructions below) until chicken and veggies are all covered in sauce.
- Serve immediately with rice or chow mein (links to recipes above).
Panda Express Ginger Soy Sauce:
- Combine chicken broth, soy sauce, white wine, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring often
- Stir cornstarch and water together forming a slurry. Slowly add mixture to the sauce, whisking constantly until sauce thickens. You may not need all of the cornstarch mixture. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
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