Panda Express-Inspired String Bean Chicken
This Panda Express-Inspired String Bean Chicken is light, simple, and delicious. If you're looking for a healthy dinner for two, look no further!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Chicken and Vegetables
- 1 small boneless skinless chicken breast (about 8 ounces) cut into strips
- 1 tablespoon oil use your favorite cooking oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion cut into 1/2-inch squares
- 1/2 cup water divided
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 6 ounces green beans trimmed and halved
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced into 1/2-inch squares
- Salt to taste
In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil. Place cubed chicken in a disposable plastic bag and pour mixture over the top. Toss to coat. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes, up to 12 hours.
In a medium wok or saute pan (with a lid), heat oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add chicken and cook until cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
Return pan to heat. Deglaze with a couple tablespoons of the water and add onion and garlic. Cook for three minutes, until onion just begins to turn translucent around the edges.
Add green beans and bell pepper and cook for another three minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the water, cover, and continue to cook until vegetables reach your desired level of doneness, adding more water as necessary, about 3 to 8 minutes*.
Stir in chicken and cook just until chicken is hot. Salt to taste.
Serve over white rice.
*Panda vegetables are usually cooked until quite soft. This can take a little while on the stove. Just keep adding a couple tablespoons of water, cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, check and repeat if necessary. Don't be worried if it seems to take a while for the green beans to reach the texture you are looking for.
Toasted sesame oil is a popular ingredient in many Asian dishes. It's generally cheap and lasts for ages. If you have regular sesame oil, you can toast the oil yourself or use it as is. It will lack the distinct deep, nutty flavor of the toasted variety, but is still delicious!
Approximate nutritional information does not include rice.