PANDA EXPRESS BLACK PEPPER CHICKEN COPYCAT RECIPE

Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken Copycat Recipe - a delicious Chinese inspired dish based off Panda Express' popular black pepper chicken! Tastes just like it is from Panda Express but a million times better with tons of garlic and black pepper chicken flavor for dinner the whole family will love - faster than it takes to pick up takeout! 

PANDA EXPRESS BLACK PEPPER CHICKEN COPYCAT RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CHICKEN:
  1. 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
  2. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  3. 1 yellow onion, sliced
  4. 3 celery stalks, sliced
  5. 2 tbsp corn starch
  6. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  8. 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  9. 1 tsp ginger powder
  10. 2 tbsp peanut oil
  11. 2 cups cooked rice

FOR THE SAUCE:
  1. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  2. 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  3. 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  4. 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
  5. 1 tsp black pepper
  6. 1 tsp chili powder
  7. 1/2 tsp ginger powder

INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE SAUCE:
  • In a large bowl, mix together and set aside. 
FOR THE CHICKEN:
  • Pat chicken dry and cut into 1" cubes. 
  • Place chicken in bowl, and toss well in cornstarch, pepper, and salt. 
  • Heat peanut oil over medium heat in a large skillet on medium high until shimmery.
  • Add chicken to oil in small batches so it can cook quickly - don't overcrowd pan. 
  • Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate and repeat the sauteing process with the rest of the chicken in batches until done.