Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)

We recently had a day of snow, followed by 2 days of ICE here in Portland, which made trips to the grocery store nearly impossible. While searching my cupboards, I realized I had all the ingredients for a copycat version of Sweet Fire Chicken from Panda Express, so I made it for my husband and myself.  It was fantastic (which made the whole “iced in” thing not so bad)!Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This dinner was absolutely delicious! A little sweet, and a little spicy! Even though we were “house-bound”, it was just as good (if not better) than getting takeout! Yummy good! It was a very easy recipe to prepare (even if my fingers got a bit messy during the process!) Here’s how you make this dish:

Cut up boneless skinless chicken breasts into bite sized cubes (I used two large chicken breasts for 4 servings)

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chop and slice the red pepper and green onions.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dredge the chicken pieces in flour to coat all sides.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dip flour coated chicken pieces in beaten eggs. (this is the “kind of messy” part, but whatever… I started with tongs, then switched to using my fingers for this part). Once dipped in egg mixture, dredge them again in the flour mixture. Got it? Flour. Egg. Flour. Amen.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cook the chicken in batches. Cook about 2 minutes per side until brown and crispy. Try to not let the pieces touch each other (or they will bond and cook together).

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, place cooked chicken pieces on paper towels to drain. Repeat process until all chicken is cooked.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Clean out skillet; heat olive oil. Cook red bell pepper and pineapple, stirring occasionally, about 3-4 minutes. Add Thai sweet chili sauce and stir to combine.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This is the sweet chili sauce I used. Found in most grocery store Asian sections.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add in the pieces of chicken and gently stir, to coat chicken, bell pepper and pineapple with the sauce. Heat through and garnish with sliced green onions. Remove from heat.

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Serve with rice or noodles, and ENJOY! It tastes wonderful (and it’s really not too spicy… honest!)

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The recipe makes 4 generous servings… it’s easy, economical, and DELICIOUS! Who needs take-out when you can make it yourself? Sure hope you will give this recipe a try.

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Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: Chungah An, at http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/02/panda-express-sweet-fire-chicken-copycat/

Sweet Fire Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)
 
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Copycat version of Panda Express' popular "little sweet, little spicy" chicken dish.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
For chicken:
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use 2 large), (cut into one inch cubes)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
For sauce, etc:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into one inch pieces
  • 1½ cups pineapple chunks (fresh or canned/drained)
  • ½ cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (note: I added ¼ cup more!)
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
Directions
  1. Dredge chicken chunks (a few at a time) into flour, coating all sides. Place each floured piece into beaten egg mixture (a few at a time), then back into the flour again, coating all sides. Repeat until all chicken is coated and ready to cook.
  2. Heat vegetable oil on medium-high in a large skillet. When oil is hot, add the chicken pieces in batches (try to not let the pieces touch). Cook for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove cooked chicken to a paper towel covered plate, and repeat process until all chicken is cooked.
  3. In a large skillet (if using same skillet, clean it first), heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add chopped red bell pepper chunks and pineapple chunks. Cook these for 3-4 minutes (this will help soften the peppers).
  4. Add Thai chili sauce. Add chicken pieces. Stir gently, to fully combine ingredients and coat with sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until heated through.,
  5. Garnish with green onion slices, and serve while hot on a bed or rice or noodles! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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