Our Panda Express black pepper chicken copycat recipe is restaurant quality with its juicy, tender chicken and crisp veggies tossed in a rich, savory sauce. It's easy to make at home, and even more delicious than the restaurant one! Plus, it's gluten free and keto friendly.
For the Marinade/Sauce
- 1/3 cup liquid aminos or soy sauce (80 ml)
- 1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (80 ml)
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar (60 ml)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, grated
- 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
For the Stir Fry
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided (60 ml)
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes (900g)
- 1 white onion, cut into chunks (220g)
- 2 cups celery, cut 1/4 inch on the bias (240g)
- 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup water (60 ml)
- garnish with green onions or sesame seeds (optional)
- Whisk all the ingredients together for the marinade/stir fry sauce. It will make 1 cup. Place the cubed chicken in a large bowl and pour marinade on top. Let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large wok over medium high heat until it shimmers, then add the onion and celery. Stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until tender-crisp, then place in a bowl.
- Remove the meat from the marinade/sauce with a large slotted spoon or spider and place it bowl, but keep the marinade to use as the stir fry sauce.
- Add the rest of the oil to the wok and allow it to heat up, then stir fry the meat for 4 to 5 minutes. Make sure to keep the meat moving with large wooden spoon, then remove it and place in a bowl.
- Whisk the stir fry sauce/marinade, then pour it in the wok. Let it cook for 30 seconds while constantly stirring. If needed, add 1/4 cup of water to thin out the sauce, then mix it in until the sauce is smooth.
- Add the meat and veggies back to the wok. Sprinkle on the coarse black pepper (don't use finely ground, it will be too peppery) and stir fry for another 2 to 3 minutes. You'll want the meat to be cooked through, but the vegetables should be slightly crunchy.
- Serve hot with a garnish of green onion, sesame seeds, and your favorite Panda Express side: rice, super greens, fried rice, or chow mein. Check out our copycat recipes of these sides.
- Make sure the freshly cracked black pepper is coarsely ground, or it will overpower the dish.
- Don't overcrowd the wok; cook in batches.
- Cut the celery a 1/4 inch thickness on the diagonal.
- Cook the celery and onion to soften it, but make sure it still has some crunch.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Asian
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