Panda express honey sesame chicken recipe

4 servings


20 minutes

active time

35 minutes

total time


1 lb. chicken breasts (dice to 1-inch cubes)

1 tbsp coconut aminos

¼ tsp coarse sea salt

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp garlic powder

4 tbsp tapioca starch (or potato starch, for stovetop, use 6 tbsp for air fryer)

1 whole yellow bell pepper (diced into 1-inch cubes)

8 oz. French petite green beans (trimmed and diced into 2.5-inch sections)

1/3 cup sweet chili sauce

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)

2 tsp coconut aminos

¼ tsp coarse sea salt

1 tsp tapioca starch

¼ cup + 1 tbsp avocado oil (For stovetop)

Avocado oil spray (For air fryer)

Sprinkle toasted white sesame seeds


To prep:

Slice the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes and in a bowl mix well with the seasonings from coconut aminos to starch. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare other items.

Prepare the bell pepper and green beans. Place the green beans in a microwave-safe container, add 1 tbsp water and microwave on high for 1 minute. Drain the water and set them aside to cool. In a separate bowl, stir well the sauce.

To pan fry:

Pan fry

In a 12-inch saute pan, add the avocado oil and preheat over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Test the temperature with a wooden chopstick, if it shows bubbles around the chopstick when inserting it into the oil, the temperature is hot enough. You can also use a thermometer to reach 350F/177C.

Pan fry

Add the chicken piece-by-piece into the pan. Turn up the heat to medium-high. Pan-fry them in a single layer without disturbing them for about 3 minutes on the first side. Then use a chopstick or tong to cook the flip side for about 2 minutes. Transfer them out to a separate plate.

To air-fry:

Air fry

Preheat the air fryer to 380F. Spray the basket with avocado oil and place the chicken piece-by-piece into the basket with some space between them. Spray with more oil on top of each piece. Air fry at 380F for 8 minutes total. The chicken should be cooked through. Repeat the process until you finish the batch.

To combine:


Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a well-heated large saute pan, when warm saute the pepper and green beans with 2 pinches of salt over medium-high heat for 1 minute.


Return the chicken to the pan and pour in the honey chili sauce. Turn the heat up to high and toss to coat the sauce over for 1 minute.


Turn off the heat. Transfer the food to a serving plate. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve hot with steamed rice.


Serving Size



335 kcal

Total Fat

17 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Unsaturated Fat

12 g

Trans Fat

0.01 g


73 mg


671 mg

Total Carbohydrate

21 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

10 g


25 g

4 servings


20 minutes

active time

35 minutes

total time
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