Black Pepper Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)

By: Prasanna| Published: 10:06:00 AM

Who loves Panda Express food? if you raised your hand then here is the recipe that you will love -

Copycat Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken!

I am HUGE fan of most food chain menu items/dishes and then comes the next part is trying to make their  food at home.
I have been trying a lot of recipes at home lately and will be sharing them slowly one at a time ,so keep coming back to check what I post next.

A lot of Panda Express recipes I have been trying lately,I think in my house no one else loves their Black Pepper Chicken more than me. So finally I tried to make it and it was so good! I just mixed it with some sticky  rice and enjoyed the meal thoroughly.

I have previously shared some Restaurant style dishes here for you all to try. Some of them are: Chili Chicken , Chicken Tikka Masala , Dragon Chicken , Butter Chicken ,Grilled Cheese Sandwich .

Delicious Black Pepper Chicken like Panda Express with sliced Celery and Onion

How to get the exact flavors?

To get the exact sharp Pepper flavor in this recipe just like how you get restaurant,you need to use freshly cracked black pepper and not bottled pepper powder.

How do I cut the vegetables?

For this recipe I have diced the Red Onion (Can do with White Onion too) and diagonally sliced Celery lengthwise to get that right shape,but you can go ahead and cut it as per your personal choice.

What's the Spiced Vinegar in the recipe?

Instead of using regular white Distilled Vinegar or any other Vinegar in this recipe I have used Spicy Chili flavored Vinegar that I have made in my previous recipe of Pickled Pineapple. Here I have done is added some Thai Chili Peppers to White Vinegar and cooked for a while and used this to marinate and preserve Pineapple in it and use it as a snack or in Taco/Wrap/Burrito.This is a great snack also BTW! 
This vinegar adds a nice kick to the Black Pepper Chicken,do try it :)

Sliced Celery,diced Onion with chicken tossed with lots of pepper

Spicy good Black Pepper Chicken with lots of celery and onion

Black Pepper Chicken

Prasanna Hede
Published 10/11/2018
Black Pepper Chicken
Spicy Black Pepper Chicken - Panda Express Copycat



  1. Marinate the chicken pieces with all the ingredients mentioned under "Marination".
    In a pan,add 1 tbsp oil,and add the chicken pieces,cook them by sauteing them and make sure they do not stick to the pan.
    Keep this aside.
  2. In the same pan add 2 tbsp oil,and add the onion and celery,saute for few seconds.
    Add all the spices mentioned,saute further.
    When the veggies turn slightly soft,add the chicken and toss well.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy while its hot with noodles/chowmein/sticky rice!
Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 00:15:00 mins.
Cook time: 00:15:00 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: panda express copycat,black pepper chicken

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Black Pepper Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)

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Hi, I'm Prasanna!

I will be the first one to admit that I am an accidental food blogger. I love trying out new recipes and giving them a twist of my own. Hope you enjoy trying out the recipes ... do leave me your valuable feedback 😊

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