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A bowl of honey sesame chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken (Panda Express Healthy Copycat)


This Honey Sesame Chicken is a healthy copycat recipe of a Panda Express favorite. Make this easy chicken dinner for your next weeknight meal. Serve it with rice or cauliflower rice.


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup snap peas, stems removed and cut in half
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free diets)
  • 1 tablespoon siracha
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • Cooked white rice or sautéed cauliflower rice (optional, for serving)


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the cooking oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the bell pepper and chicken strips and stir. Cover the skillet and cook the chicken with the pepper for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the lid and stir in the snap peas, honey, soy sauce or tamari, and siracha. Stir and let the dish cook uncovered for another 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has started to thicken.
  4. Serve hot, with seeds sprinkled on top.


  1. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  2. To toast sesame seeds, place them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Let them toast to a golden brown, keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: copycat panda express, sesame chicken, gluten-free chicken