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bowl of string bean chicken with two chopsticks and bowls of sides

Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast Copycat

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


Our Panda Express string bean chicken breast copycat recipe will curb your Chinese food cravings any night of the week.  It's delicious and is better for you and your budget.  It cooks in only 12 minutes, and is gluten free friendly.



For the Marinade

For the Stir Fry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (30 ml)
  • 5 teaspoons gluten free Hoisin sauce (25 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (15 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (15 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (15 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the Stir Fry

  • 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups; 350g)
  • 3 cups green beans, cut into 3-inch pieces (269g)
  • 1 cup white onion, sliced (100g)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided (60 ml)


  1. Marinade: Whisk all the marinade ingredients together until well mixed.  Pour it on top of the  breast, and allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.  When ready to use, drain the pieces of meat with a slotted spoon and discard the marinade.
  2. Sauce: Add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl, except for the cornstarch, and whisk to combine.  You should have 1/2 cup of sauce.
  3. Cook Meat: Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in the wok over medium-high heat.  Add the meat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Place  in a bowl and wipe the wok clean with paper towel.
  4. Cook Vegetables: Heat up the other 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat and stir fry the string beans and onion for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the cooked vegetables to the bowl of cooked meat.
  5. Sauce: Whisk the cornstarch with water to make a slurry, then whisk the slurry into the sauce.  Pour it into the wok and cook to thicken it up, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Make sure to stir the sauce constantly to prevent burning.
  6. Stir Fry: Add the meat and vegetables back to the wok, stir to coat each piece with the stir fry sauce, and heat it through, roughly 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Serve: Serve hot with white or brown rice and other Panda Express side dishes like chow mein, super greens, fried rice, or eggplant tofu.


  • Have everything ready before you start cooking.
  • For the best flavor, use fresh green beans, onion, garlic, and ginger that you chop yourself.
  • Marinating the meat for at least 30 minutes will give you more flavor.
  • Avoid overcrowding the wok by cooking in batches.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: string bean chicken, Panda Express, healthy

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