Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken


Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken

This delicious copycat black pepper chicken recipe will make you feel like you just walked out of Panda Express!

Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken
Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken

If you love Asian cuisine as much as we do, this version of Panda Express black pepper chicken recipe is where it's at. The popular Asian fast food restaurant may have made it popular, but that doesn't mean you can't make it on your own. So many delicious flavors come together in this copycat recipe -- soy sauce, ginger, chili vinegar, and pepper of course -- just to name a few! Get ready to blow the roof off Chinese takeout night when you make this totally delicious version of the Panda classic for your friends and family.

Your black pepper chicken comes together in under an hour, but the flavors will taste like you've been marinating all day. People may think you picked this up from Panda Express on your way home, but we'll know better (and so will you!)

Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time - Text5-6 minutes, or untill chicken is brown and veggies are translucent



  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili vinegar, divided
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1/2 white onion, medium diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided


  1. Cut the chicken into one-inch bites, and marinate with 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce, ½ tablespoon of the chili vinegar, cornstarch and the ground ginger for 30 minutes.

  2. Using two tablespoons of canola oil, heat a wok on high.

  3. Add chicken and cook on high heat until browned.

  4. Remove from the pan and add in the celery and onions with the remaining two tablespoons of canola oil.

  5. Cook an additional 30-45 seconds.

  6. Add in the remaining two tablespoons of soy sauce, the remaining ½ tablespoon of chili vinegar, the cooked chicken and the black pepper.

  7. Cook for 15 seconds to combine everything and serve immediately.

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