Panda Express Firecracker Chicken

Panda Express Firecracker Chicken is a great way to prepare chicken. Panda Express makes a lot of excellent American-style Chinese food. You can recreate this popular dish at home.

Copycat Panda Express firecracker chicken in a bowl and a spoon behind it.

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Panda Express stir-fry chicken with firecracker sauce

The Panda Express makes small batches of your favorite dishes all day long. Firecracker Chicken is one of their most popular recipes.

This chicken recipe is lighter than many of the dishes they are known for. The chicken is not battered and deep-fried. It is stir-fried so it is a great way to save on calories.

Copycat Panda Express firecracker chicken ingredients on a table.

Make amazing Firecracker Chicken at home

This recipe has one unique ingredient that gives this dish its special flavor. You need to use douchi, which is fermented black beans. These fermented black beans are available in many Asian markets. They are also available on Amazon. Order these beans on

Other specialty ingredients you need are seasoned rice vinegar, rice cooking wine, and cornstarch. If you have these ingredients on hand, you can make all sorts of American-Chinese food at home.

Some grocery stores sell a lot of the vegetables for sale already chopped or sliced. You may want to consider purchasing sliced vegetables to help you save time.

Copycat Panda Express firecracker chicken in a skillet.

Panda Express Firecracker Chicken can be put together in very little time. It is packed with all sorts of fresh vegetables, so you are going to have one delicious meal you can prepare in no time.

A bowl of copycat Panda Express firecracker chicken.

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Copycat Panda Express firecracker chicken in a bowl and a spoon behind it.

Copycat Panda Express Firecracker Chicken

It’s not difficult at all to make Copycat Panda Express Firecracker Chicken at home. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Panda Express Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 290kcal


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rice cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned wok oil or peanut oil
  • 8 hot peppers you can use less if you like it less spicy
  • 2 teaspoons garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger chopped
  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breast – cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons douchi or 1 1/2 teaspoons black bean sauce


  • In a small bowl, make the finishing sauce by combining the soy sauce, seasoned rice vinegar, rice cooking wine, sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until smooth and set aside. 
  • Heat your wok over high heat until it begins to smoke. Add the seasoned wok oil or peanut oil. When the oil is hot, add the hot dried peppers and toss them around for about 30 seconds. Add in the chopped garlic and ginger to the wok. Saute briefly, add the sliced bell peppers and onion, and stir-fry until they are softened. Add the chicken and douchi and stir-fry until the chicken has browned. Pour in the finishing sauce and stir-fry until the sauce has thickened.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1233mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2130IU | Vitamin C: 250.1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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