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Mushroom Chicken from Panda Express Recipe

Tired of takeout but craving that Panda Express Mushroom Chicken? We’ve got you covered with a super easy and quick copycat recipe. Picture this: tender chicken, hearty mushrooms, all in a tasty sauce. Yep, you can whip up this crowd-pleaser right in your own kitchen. No fancy stuff, just good food for those hungry teens. Let’s get cooking and make dinner a breeze!

Mushroom chicken in a turqoise bowl with white rice and garnished with green onions.

We know the struggle—teenagers can be picky eaters, but this Panda Express Mushroom Chicken copycat recipe is a winner. It’s budget-friendly, uses everyday ingredients, and you can tweak it to fit your family’s taste.

No need for culinary acrobatics; just throw it all together, give it a good stir, and dinner is served. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being the superhero who brought Panda Express home. Trust us, this one’s a game-changer for busy moms like you.

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Mushroom chicken ingredients on a coral colored plate.
  • Jasmine rice
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce or Tamari
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • White, whole mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Cornstarch


Fried rice recipe, step 1 - make the rice

Step 1: Prepare rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

Mushroom chicken recipe step by step, chicken sauteeing in a pan.

Step 2: Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Coat in cornstarch and fry in medium-high heat.

Mushroom chicken step by step - mushrooms and zucchini sauteeing.

Step 3: Add zucchini and washed mushrooms. Cook thoroughly.

Mushroom chicken in a turquoise bowl with white rice and chopsticks.

Step 4: Add soy sauce mixture and serve.


Mushroom chicken in a turqoise bowl with white rice.


You can substitute boneless chicken thighs for the breasts if you prefer dark meat over white meat. You could also swap the chicken for beef, pork or shrimp.


While this recipe is super straightforward, you can change things up with just a few tweaks in the sauces. First, if you’re watching your salt intake, be sure to use low-sodium soy sauce. Beyond that, if you want things a little sweeter, add a touch of brown sugar. You could also experiment with adding oyster sauce or rice vinegar.


Want to kick the veggies up a notch? Here are a few others you may want to add:

  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Snap peas
  • Water chestnuts
  • Baby corn
  • Snow peas
  • Bamboo shoots


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.


Mushroom chicken in a turqoise bowl with white rice and garnished with green onions.
Can I use a different type of mushroom?

Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite mushrooms or whatever you have on hand. Button mushrooms, cremini, or shiitake all work well.

Is this recipe spicy?

Not inherently, but you can spice it up by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce if your teenagers enjoy some heat.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prep ingredients in advance to save time. Stir-fry the dish just before serving for optimal taste and texture.

What’s a good side dish to pair with Mushroom Chicken?

Keep it simple with steamed rice or try it with noodles. Stir-fried vegetables or a side salad also make great companions.

Is there a vegetarian version of this recipe?

Absolutely! Replace the chicken with tofu or simply load up on more mushrooms and veggies for a delicious vegetarian alternative.

How do I prevent the mushrooms from getting soggy?

Make sure to cook them over medium-high heat and avoid overcrowding the pan. This helps maintain a nice, slightly crisp texture.

How can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, and make sure other condiments like oyster sauce are gluten-free as well.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze leftovers for a quick meal later. Just be aware that the texture may slightly change upon reheating.


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Mushroom chicken in a turqoise bowl with white rice.

  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon, ginger, ground
  • 16 ounces, white whole mushrooms
  • 4 small zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (for dusting)


  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min

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