Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sweet Fire Chicken - Panda Express Copycat


Sweet Fire Chicken - Panda Express Copycat

      My Giant and I heart Panda Express.  Actually, my Little Giant really likes it, too, which is kind of strange for a toddler.  It can be a little pricey for all of us to eat there, so I have been on the hunt for copycat recipes since we've been married.  I've been making this little number for quite some time.  I'm not 100% sure which site I found this recipe, but think it might have been Dessert Now, Dinner Later.  My giant and I like a lot of sauce, so I adapted her recipe for double sauce amount.  My giant also loves  food with some heat, so I almost always add a little extra red pepper flakes.  This dish has become a staple in our menu planning and foresee it staying there for quite some time.


Sweet Fire Chicken


Ingredients
Chicken 
2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
Salt and Pepper
3/4 cup flour
2-3 eggs beaten
1 cup cornstarch
canola oil, for frying
Sauce:
1-2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you like it)
2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 t. garlic salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
6 Tbsp white vinegar
1 pinch of salt
3 Tbsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp COLD water
Extras:
1 (20oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 red bell pepper cut into 1” chunks           
1/2 white onion cut into 1” chunks
1 Tbsp canola oil
Green onion for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. Start the chicken by seasoning the chicken chunks with salt and pepper.
  2. Set up a breading station by placing flour in a large Ziploc bag, beaten eggs on a plate, and cornstarch on a separate plate. 
  3. Place the chicken chunks in flour and coat to shake.  Pull chicken out of flour and dredge in egg and then coat in the cornstarch.  Continue until all the chicken is complete.
  4. In a large skillet or pan, heat oil over med-high heat.  When oil is hot, place the chicken in the pan, being careful not to over-crowd.  Cook in batches if necessary.  Cook the chicken on both sides until golden brown and cooked thru.  Place cooked chicken on plates lined with paper towels.
  5. Start the sauce by stirring together cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Combine red pepper flakes, garlic, sugar, water, vinegar and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat until boiling and whisk in the cornstarch mixture.  Whisk until sauce is thickened, then reduce heat to low.
  6. Heat oil in skillet used for chicken and add red pepper and onion.  Cook until slightly softened (2-3 minutes).  Add the pineapple and cook for another minute. 
  7. Combine peppers, onion and pineapple with chicken and sauce in large pan and heat thru.
  8. Garnish with green onion and serve on top of rice.



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49 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this dish!! Its the only meat option i get. Thanks for sharing can't wait to try it.

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    1. I switch it up between this and orange chicken, or whichever looks "more fresh." I still am on a quest to find a orange chicken copycat that I like...

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  2. Looks & sounds yummy! Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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  3. Yum! I love Panda Supress (as our daughter used to call it!) I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday morning at 8am CST. I allow up to 3 links each week!

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I'll make sure to link up!

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  4. I love this at Panda Express!! I can't wait to try this!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    Nonny from www.notionsfromnony.com

    Stopping by from Delicate Construction

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  5. I love Panda and this chicken!

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  6. This looks amazing - I LOVE sweet fire chicken! I would love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects link party! http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-link-party-week-9/

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  7. So I totally just made this tonight to re-snap the picture for my recipe post. Thanks for linking back to my blog!
    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

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    1. Amber, thanks for the original idea! I heart your blog and glad you stopped by mine!

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  8. My husband would absolutely love this! And you've been featured on Clarks Condensed Dinner Party. Come check it out, and link up another recipe if you want! (and if you'd rather not have your photo featured, just let me know!)

    http://www.clarkscondensed.com/2013/03/sunday-dinner-party-6.html

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  9. Gosh my kids love Panda... they'd love this! I'm so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell... come back again next week to party with me again :) xoxo~ Ruthie

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  10. This looks yummy! I must try it. Hubby can't eat pineapple would mandarin oranges work??

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    1. I'm not sure if mandarin oranges would work the best, but feel free to give it a try! I would probably just omit the pineapple and maybe add some yellow or orange bell pepper. Let me know what you try and what works!

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  11. We love Panda Express too and I think we would really love this dish!

    Thanks for sharing @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope you have a fantastic rest of your week!

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  12. Also just gave you a shot out on my Facebook page with a link directly back to your post. Hope that helps drive some more traffic your way :)

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    1. Shauna, you are the best!!! Thanks for looking out for me!

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  13. My son loves Panda Express - he's going to love this! Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you'll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

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  14. i looove chinese food, but i've never tried this at Panda! can't wait to try it at home:)

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  15. I have never tried this at Panda Express, but I really want to try this version at home now!

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    1. I actually prefer this version over the Panda Express version! Thanks for commenting!

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  16. Please link up to my party here :) http://diycraftyprojects.com/2013/03/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-23.html

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  17. Hi I am a new follower to your lovely blog (Via GFC)and it really feel pleasure meeting new awesome bloggers like you. Found you through Cast Party Wednesday.

    my blog: www.wilsontom.blogspot.com

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  18. My husband loves this dish at Panda Express, thanks for sharing! Pinning this to try sometime.

    ~Sarah Lynn @ Sarah Lynn's Sweets

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  19. Panda Express is great, but this looks even better!

    This is an invitation to join my blog's monthly roundup, Pantry Party. Our theme this month is "breaded." You should consider entering either this recipe or another wonderfully breaded recipe into the roundup!
    http://lawstudentscookbook.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/pantry-party-march-2013-announcement/

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  20. This recipe looks fabulous. What a wonderful idea. I cannot wait to include this in my dinner lineup. Just pinned!

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  21. mmmm. That looks so good!!

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  22. What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday! This recipe was #3 with the most clicks and will be featured on Daily Dish Magazine tomorrow at www.foodiefriendsdailydish.com

    Hope to see you again next week with another great recipe!

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  23. My son is a fan too. I'll have to try this for him. Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  24. Good Morning,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a lovely week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. Okay, what time is dinner? I've got my for and plate in hand! ;)

    I can't wait to make this amazing recipe! Thanks for sharing at March Madness!

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  26. I just pinned this and posted it on Facebook!!! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!! See you tonight at a brand new Freedom Fridays!!

    Have an awesome day!!

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  27. I just put together a "50 Fabulous Chicken Dishes" Recipe Round Up from links that were submitted to The Weekend re-Treat over the past couple of weeks and this recipe was included and featured in today's post!

    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/04/50-fabulous-chicken-dishes.html

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

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  28. This looks lovely (although I don't know what Panda Express is!). Found so many wonderful dishes today via The Best Blog Recipes - I don't know when I'm going to fit them all in! I want them all at once :-)

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