Talking about the Mushroom Chicken in Panda Express reminds me of a short story. It happened to my roommate.
It's about five years since we talked about this. When I first came to New York for University, my roommate was as older as me, from Beijing.
My roommate is a little fat. He likes eating and doesn't exercise. I joked that in foreign countries, it's all fried food. Be careful to fat on another round. He just doesn't think so.
As a result, after eating McDonald's for half a month, he wanted to change the taste. I'm not like him. I usually have lunch in the University canteen, Chinese food, Japanese food, and local American food. In the evening, just do it at home.
Soup, rice, simple vegetables, and meat, mainly salty, occasionally go to Panda Express downstairs for Chinese food. In the morning, milk goes with sandwiches. That's how I came in the first few months.
My roommate can't carry it. he wants to eat Chinese food. But my cooking skill is elementary. I can eat it myself. He will never eat the Chinese food I cook. But he also likes to eat.
One day after University, he came back with high spirits and told me that there was a chef training class next to Panda Express downstairs. It's said that it's the sideline of the chef of the Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. The first three days of free study, after three days, if you are interested, then pay tuition. Mainly teaching Chinese food.
My roommate asked me to study. When I finished my study, I came back to cook for him. He helped me pay for the tuition. I said I won't do it. I have to study hard. Besides, I don't think I'm a bad cook.
As a result, he went to study by himself, learning Chinese food. The first day, he came back to tell me that the chef taught them to make Mushroom Chicken. I don't want to listen to what he told me. While listening to how he learned to make Mushroom Chicken, he reconsidered my professional course.
When my roommate came back from the training class the next day, he patted his chest and said that he learned how to make Mushroom Chicken. And promised to do it for me after the training on the third day. Let me prepare the ingredients for him and make a special list for me.
I can't stop his enthusiasm. I have to support his interest in learning to cook.
When I finish buying the ingredients and go home. I saw my roommate watching TV on the sofa. I said, shouldn't you learn to make Mushroom Chicken in the training class at this time.
He scolded that the training class had been open for two days, but today, on the third day, it was no longer open.
Now, I'm very happy. And tease my roommate, how unlucky, maybe you go to study, the chef afraid can't teach you, early quit.
Finally, I made up for my roommate's hurt heart. I made a Mushroom Chicken for him. Although it's not particularly delicious, my roommate is very face-saving and finished eating. He also said that he would not go out to fool around in the future, and would eat my Chinese food at home. He pays for the food, I just cook.
This Mushroom Chicken story has been fun for months.
Well, let's not talk about what I did. Now let's talk about how the Mushroom Chicken in Panda Express is made.
The Mushroom Chicken in Panda Express is a relatively new menu. The chef of Panda Express combines mushrooms and zucchini with chicken. In terms of taste, this dish is very tender.
The nutritional value is also very high. Let's see how the official website of Panda Express introduces this dish: A delicate combination of chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini wok-tossed with a light ginger soy sauce.
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken Nutrition Facts
How many Mushroom Chicken Panda Express calories? It's 220 calories. Because of chicken, it's slightly higher than the main course of beef. But I think it's OK. It's only 220 calories. Let's take a look at the total nutritional content of this Mushroom Chicken.
|Calories from Fat||130|
|Total Fat||14 g|
|Saturated Fat||2.5 g|
|Trans Fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||10 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|
Copycat Panda Express Mushroom Chicken
Let's get to the point. If you want to learn this Mushroom Chicken like my roommate, please take a look at the following steps. It's free, and it won't close the next day.
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken in just 20 minutes! You'll be sitting down to dinner faster than you could drive there and pick some up and come home! Lightly sauteed zucchini and mushrooms in soy-ginger and garlic sauce.
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken Copycat Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin bite-sized slices
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced (white mushrooms are authentic to the recipe, but I love crimini)
1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then in 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken Copycat Instructions
Toss the chicken with cornstarch.
Heat the canola and sesame oil in the pan.
Add chicken and cook on medium-high until browned on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
Remove chicken from the pan, and turn the heat up to high.
Add in the mushrooms and zucchini and cook until they start to brown.
Add the garlic and ginger and cook/stir for 30 seconds.
Cook for another 2-3 minutes as vegetables softens a little.
Add the chicken back in and stir to coat.
Add in the soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine vinegar and stir to coat.
Serve with Perfect Brown Rice.
Here I would like to say that some of the Panda Express Mushroom Chicken copycat recipes contain cucumbers. In terms of color, it's OK. However, I still don't recommend cucumbers. When the cucumber is cooked, it has no shape at all. If you like, put some white sesame seeds after the food is out of the pot.
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Let a fat man spend time learning how to cook to eat, which may be the charm of classic food. My roommate perfectly presented what is foodie. Thank you for listening to my story. Although you can't believe it all, you can still have a deeper impression of this delicious food.
Thank you for your time for this post. This is the way of Mushroom Chicken in Panda Express.