Honey Sesame Chicken – Panda Express Copycat

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Get ready for homemade Chinese takeout that’s even better than what you’d get from your favorite restaurant! This time, we’re cooking up some delicious Honey Sesame Chicken. It’s got that perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors, enhanced by the rich nuttiness of toasted sesame oil. Serve it over a bed of rice or alongside some noodles for a mouthwatering meal!

Honey Sesame Chicken – Panda Express Copycat

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course


**For the Vegetable Stir Fry:**

  • 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

**Other Ingredients:**

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

**For the Wet Batter:**

  • 2 large eggs
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • A sprinkle of black pepper

**For the Dry Batter:**

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • A sprinkle of black pepper

**For the Sesame Sauce:**

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons water mixed with 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a ziplock bag, combine flour, cornstarch, a sprinkle of salt, and a sprinkle of black pepper to taste. Shake well to mix.
  • In a deep bowl, whisk together eggs, a sprinkle of salt, and a sprinkle of black pepper.
  • Dip the chicken pieces into the wet batter, then transfer them to the ziplock bag. Seal the bag and shake until each piece is evenly coated. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, rice vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and minced garlic. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat.
  • Mix water and cornstarch, then add to the saucepan to thicken the sauce into a glaze. Once it coats the back of a spoon, remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Stir-fry the bell peppers and green beans in sesame oil over medium-high heat until golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Heat vegetable oil to 350°F in a frying pan. Fry the breaded chicken in batches until golden, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on a wire rack.
  • Toss the fried chicken in the sauce along with the stir-fried veggies and sesame seeds.
  • Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy your homemade Honey Sesame Chicken!

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