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String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express

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String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express
String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express



Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast tastes better when made at home! Try this simple copycat recipe of fresh ingredients covered in homemade ginger sauce. Yum!
 Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4 servings


  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 large onion cut into pieces
  • 1 pound green beans (fresh or frozen, trimmed)

Panda Express Light Ginger Soy Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons garlic crushed / 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


    • Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss in cornstarch until each piece is well coated.
    • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in large skillet or wok.
    • Add chicken pieces to skillet one at a time, spacing them apart far enough that they aren’t touching. Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side or until the outside of the chicken is golden brown and is cooked through all the way.
    • Remove cooked chicken from skillet, cover, and set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
    • Place skillet back on stovetop over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons oil.
    • Add onions and green beans to the skillet and sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked through. Do not overcook- the onions should still have some bite to them and the green beans should be bright green.
  • Add chicken back to the skillet and stir in the mild ginger soy sauce (instructions below) until chicken and veggies are all covered in sauce.
  • Serve immediately with rice or chow mein (links to recipes above).

Panda Express Light Ginger Soy Sauce


  • Fry Pan/Skillet

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5.60 oz

Calories190Calories from Fat80Total Fat9 gSat. Fat2 gCholesterol34 mg
Sodium590 mgCarbs13 gDietary Fiber4 gSugar4 gProtein14 g

Is Panda Express Healthy?

We’re all trying our darndest to stick with those New Year’s Resolutions, right? Panda Express has “Wok Smart” recipes that are all around 200 calories per serving, and this String Bean Chicken Breast Recipe just happens to be one of those recipes. Plus, you can make Panda Express entrees even healthier at home, with low carb and gluten free options.

Panda Express Gluten Free

We have several members of our family that need to eat gluten free but just love Panda Express. Unfortunately, Panda doesn’t offer many gluten-free options in their restaurants. However, making Panda Express recipes gluten free is SO EASY when you cook them in your own kitchen.

You will just need to make a couple very minor adjustments. You won’t miss eating at the restaurant at all! We will be adding some more Panda Express recipes throughout the year, all with tips on making them GF.


String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express
String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express


How to Make String Bean Chicken Gluten Free

To make this simple Panda recipe gluten free, make sure you opt for a gluten-free soy sauce and chicken broth. Most all-natural chicken broth is gluten-free, but always double check labels just to be sure.



Try this Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast Copycat! Tender chicken breast and green beans stir fried with a delicious Asian soy ginger garlic sauce! This Panda Express string bean chicken breast copycat is ready in 15 minutes and just as good as the original, if not better!

This chicken and green beans stir fry has crispy string beans and tender chicken breast in a savory soy, garlic, ginger sauce. Enjoy this takeout recipe at home in no time!

I’ve been recipe testing a lot of chicken breast stir fry recipes lately because I’m hooked on how fast and easy they are to make! Chicken breast is great at absorbing the flavors of the marinade and they cook up quickly in a hot wok or pan. This string bean chicken recipe has become one of my go to weeknight meals because it’s so easy to make and always satisfying.

The flavors in this Panda Express string bean chicken breast are savory and garlicky with a touch of sweetness. There’s a lot of umami flavor from the soy sauce and oyster sauce which goes perfectly in any stir fries. The string beans are still crunchy and add a lot of texture to this delicious meal. Serve it with a hot bowl of steamed rice on the side for a quick and satisfying Asian lunch or dinner.


  1. Marinate the chicken breast – the longer the better as you’ll end up with tender, juicy chicken breast
  2. Prepare the sauce and vegetables
  3. Stir fry the chicken breast and set aside
  4. Stir fry the green beans and onions, then add in your chicken and sauce

Serve your string bean chicken with a hot bowl of steamed rice for a simple and quick weeknight meal. You can also make extra and have it for lunch the next day. This meal is great as a leftover and reheats nicely.

What is the Difference Between String Beans and Green Beans?

In a word, nothing. They are one in the same. Hericot vert is a different kind of green bean that is very similar, just thinner. So feel free to use haricot vert in this recipe in place of the green beans if that is what you have on hand.

How to make panda express string bean chicken breast?

  1. Marinate the meat – in a bowl combine the marinade ingredients and then add the thinly sliced chicken breast pieces. Remember to marinate the meat for at least 30 minutes. However, the longer it marinates the better it tastes, and the meat will be super tender and juicy. So, if possible, try leaving it in the fridge overnight.
  2. Prepare the sauce and vegetables – Add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl and set aside. Also, rinse the green beans and set them aside.
  3. Stir fry the poultry – Heat a wok or large pan, over high heat. Then, add avocado oil and let it heat properly. Next, add the chicken in a singer layer, not to overcrowd the pan. Brown on both sides, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Stir fry the green beans and onions – Add the green beans and onions and saute for about 3 minutes. Then, add the chicken back.
  5. Add the sauce – Next, pour about half of the sauce and stir fry with the meat. Add the cornstarch and state everything together for another 2 minutes.
  6. Serve – Top with sesame seeds or chopped green onion and serve warm over some white rice or noodles.

Recipe variations and substitutions

  • Add more vegetables: You can easily add more veggies to it. For example, broccoli, carrots, peas, bamboo, bell peppers, asparagus will work great.
  • Swap the meat: Feel free to make this dish with other meats as well. Beef, shrimp, pork, or turkey can be used as an alternative.
  • Make it vegetarian: To make it vegetarian, skip the meat altogether. Instead, use crispy fried tofu.
  • Spicier: If you love heat, add some sliced jalapeno pepper, or dried red pepper flakes.
  • Low carb: To reduce the carbs, simply omit the cornstarch. Please note, by reducing the cornstarch the sauce will be a bit thinner.
  • Crunchier: To add some extra crunchiness to it, throw in some nuts, or walnuts at the end of cooking.
  • Gluten-free: Use gluten-free soy sauce and gluten-free chicken broth.


String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express
String Bean Chicken Breast Panda Express


How to store leftovers?

Refrigerate: Use an airtight-container, and refrigerate the dish for up to 4 days.

Freeze: To freeze, use a freezer-safe dish. Then, freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Microwave leftovers for a few minutes until warm.

How many carbs are in this recipe?

For a 5.6 oz or one cup serving size, the Panda Express string bean chicken breast has 190 calories, 13g carbs, 590 mg sodium, 4g fiber, and 14g protein.  Our copycat recipe has 315 calories, 13.7g carbs, 459 mg sodium, 2.5g fiber, and 21.5g protein.


  • Prefer dark meat?  Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Need this vegan?  Substitute the chicken for tofu cubes or cauliflower florets.
  • Need this gluten free?  Use liquid aminos, tamari, or coconut aminos instead of the soy.  Make sure to use gluten free Hoisin sauce (affiliate) as well.
  • Want this spicy?  Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot chili oil, red pepper flakes, or sambal oelek.
  • Want more vegetables?  Use broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, and zucchini.


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