Panda Express String Bean Chicken

Panda Express String Bean Chicken is a delicious meal with tender chicken bites, green beans, onions, and mild ginger soy sauce. You can easily make this Chinese dish at home with this copycat recipe.

copycat Panda Express string bean chicken and rice in a bowl.

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What Makes Panda Express String Bean Chicken the Perfect Weeknight Dinner? 

There is no doubt that our lives busier than ever, and we depend on takeout more than we should. But with the average price of restaurant items increasing, feeding a family food from a restaurant is getting too expensive for many Americans.

Stop paying $30 or more to feed your family, and start making this quick and easy string bean chicken breast Panda Express customers have come to love.

What Makes This the Copycat Recipe for Green Bean Chicken You Must Try? 

Unlike other Chinese recipes that include hard-to-find ingredients, there isn’t anything too odd in this string bean chicken breast recipe. There’s no need to master any complicated cooking techniques or have any special equipment.

As a bonus, this is a one-pot meal containing meat and vegetables, so there isn’t much to clean up!

Panda Express String Bean Chicken Ingredients 

To make the String Bean Chicken Panda Express sauce, you’ll need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Seasoned rice vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cornstarch
  • Water

To prepare chicken and green beans, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast, boneless
  • Cornstarch
  • Sesame oil
  • Green onions
  • Green beans
Panda Express string bean chicken ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

Feel free to use prepared bouillon instead of chicken broth.

Use gluten-free soy sauce if you have gluten intolerance.

If you don’t cook with ginger often, try frozen ginger cubes or jarred ginger in this recipe. Both last a long time, come pre-grated, and taste great. 

Apple cider vinegar with a pinch of sugar is an excellent one-to-one substitute for seasoned rice wine vinegar.

You can use fresh or frozen green beans in this recipe.

How to Make Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast

To cook the sauce:

  1. Grate the ginger and mince the garlic. Set aside.
  2. Mix the chicken broth, soy sauce, and seasoned rice vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat. 
  3. Stir in the garlic and ginger. 
  4. Whisk together the water and cornstarch. 
  5. Pour the slurry into the ginger sauce while whisking. 
  6. Increase the heat to medium and simmer until slightly thickened. Stir continuously and don’t reduce too much. The sauce will thicken as it cools. 
  7. Set aside.

To finish the dish:

  1. Trim the ends of the green beans and thinly slice the white onion. Set aside.
  2. Remove any skin and fat from the boneless chicken breast and cut into large dice, about 3/4 to one-inch pieces.
  3. Dry the chicken pieces and toss them in a bowl with the cornstarch. Shake off any excess.
  4. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat.
  5. Add sesame oil, and when hot, saute the chicken pieces until they develop a nice browned crust and cook through.
  6. Drain the chicken on a paper towel.
  7. Wipe out the pan and put it back on the stove.
  8. Add more sesame oil.
collage of recipe steps for Panda Express string bean chicken sauce and chicken.
  1. Cook the onions and green beans until the onions are translucent. The green beans should bend slightly but still break if bent too much.
  2. Return the chicken to the pan to warm.
  3. Turn off the heat and toss the chicken and vegetables with the sauce.
collage of recipe steps for Panda Express string bean chicken beans and sauce.
  1. Serve with white rice. 
copycat Panda Express string bean chicken and white rice in a bowl.

Possible Recipe Variations

You can use this basic recipe to make a bunch of different dishes.

  • Try using boneless chicken thighs if you prefer the taste.
  • Substitute snow peas or sugar snap peas for the string beans.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little extra spice.
  • Replace the green beans with other fresh ingredients such as bell peppers, Japanese eggplant, carrots, broccoli, or zucchini for variety.

How To Store Leftover Chicken With String Beans 

The best way to keep any extra Panda Express Green Bean Chicken is in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Be sure to let the food cool completely before storing it. Do not reheat more than once. 

How to Reheat Panda Express Green Bean Chicken 

The easiest method of reheating the String Bean Chicken is in the microwave. Place a portion in a microwavable bowl, cover, and heat for a minute. Stir and heat for 45 seconds. If it is not warm enough, use 30-second bursts until it reaches your desired temperature. 

You can also warm leftovers in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add some chicken stock to prevent the chicken from drying out. 

What’s the Difference Between String Beans and Green Beans 

All string beans are green beans, but not all green beans are string beans? Got it? No? Well, it is a bit confusing.

The term ‘string beans’ is the common name for a variety of green beans that were once known for having a fibrous string running the length of the bean. But adding to the confusion is the fact that most modern string beans do not have these strings anymore.

Use your favorite type of green bean for this dish, whether it is a real string bean or not. 

copycat Panda Express string bean chicken and rice in a bowl.

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Panda Express String Bean Chicken

You can make Panda Express green bean chicken at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Green Bean Chicken, Panda Express Recipes, String Bean Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 271kcal

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water

For the chicken:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into ¾ – 1-inch chunks
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sesame oil divided
  • 6-8 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 12-ounce package frozen green beans or 2 cups fresh, washed and trimmed

Instructions

For the sauce:

  • Whisk sauce ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook until the sauce has thickened and begins to bubble.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside.

For the chicken:

  • Place cubed chicken and cornstarch in a bowl and toss to completely coat chicken with cornstarch.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in a large skillet.
  • Saute chicken until brown on one side, flip, and brown on second side until completely cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sesame oil to the skillet.
  • Add green beans and onions to the skillet and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes until just tender.
  • Add the chicken back to skillet and stir.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Add the sauce to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Serve over rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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