Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast is one of the lighter fare options of Panda entrees. Tender pieces of marinated chicken are wok fried then tossed with stir fried string beans and onion in a garlic ginger soy sauce for a delicious takeout dinner made at home!
1lbchicken breast(boneless, skinless - cut against the grain into thin slices)
2Tbsppeanut oil(or vegetable oil)
1cupwhite onion(peeled and cut into 1 inch wedges)
1lbgreen beans(fresh string beans, washed and trimmed - cut long green beans in half if needed)
1Tbspgarlic(finely minced or crushed)
1tspginger(finely minced or crushed)
1Tbsphoisin sauce(or use black bean sauce with a teaspoon of brown sugar)
1tspsesame seed oil
1TbspShaoxing wine(or rice wine, or cooking wine - may use another tablespoon to deglaze your wok or pan)
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In a medium size mixing bowl, place the sliced chicken breast in bowl and add sauce ingredients (hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch). Toss to thoroughly coat the chicken. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. *The chicken can be marinated overnight if you want to do this step ahead of time.
Heat your wok, large skillet, or frying pan with the oil over high heat. The oil should shimmer, and be just starting to smoke when hot enough. Place strained marinated chicken breast pieces into the oil and cook the chicken, quickly searing the pieces and removing them when cooked through. Cook the chicken in batches, if needed. Transfer to a plate when cooked and set aside. Discard any remaining marinade.
Once the chicken has been removed from your wok, add the onion and stir fry for about 1 minute before adding the green beans. *You can add the green beans and onion at the same time, but I like my onions a bit more tender and my green beans slightly crisp.
Add the string beans and continue to stir fry for an additional 2 minutes, or until the green beans have reached your desired level of tenderness. Add the garlic and ginger, and toss with the vegetables.
Return the cooked chicken to your wok with the green beans and onions, toss to coat thoroughly and heat the chicken through. Serve immediately.