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Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat in a cast iron skillet
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4.59 from 12 votes

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat

Sweet Fire Chicken Panda Express copycat recipe tastes just like the restaurant's, if not better. So easy to make and cheaper to make at home!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 339kcal


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch thick and 1-inch length
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • oil
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (packed in juice)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • salt to taste


  • In a bowl, combine egg white and cornstarch, and whisk until well-blended and frothy. Add chicken and let stand for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine pineapple juice, sweet chili sauce, and cornstarch. Stir until well-blended. Set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat about 2-inches deep of oil to about 350 F. Add chicken pieces and stir gently to separate. Deep-fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
  • Remove excess oil from the pan except for about 1 tablespoon. Increase heat to medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until tender yet crisp.
  •  Add pineapples and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and keep warm.
  • Stir the sweet chili sauce mixture to redistribute and add to the pan. Allow to boil for about 1 to 2 minutes until bubbly and thickened. Season with salt to taste.
  • Add chicken, bell peppers, onions, and pineapples back into the pan. Gently toss to fully coat with sauce. 
  • Transfer onto a serving platter and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired. Serve hot.



Use pineapple chunks packed in juice and NOT in syrup as it will be used to make the sweet and sour sauce.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 56.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg