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Mandarin Chicken Recipe

Mandarin Chicken
I have wanted to try this recipe for Mandarin Chicken all summer, and I wanted to give my new grill pan a test drive so I decided to make it tonight. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed with the results, it was a big hit around here. The combination of seasoned grilled chicken and a delicious sweet mandarin sauce really made this dish a winner. Grilling the chicken was really a big change because normally with Asian recipes I am either frying the chicken in the wok or deep fryer.  I used a grill pan, but by all means, if you have a nice outdoor grill feel free to fire it up. This recipe is very easy to make and takes little time. Grilling the chicken and making the sauce are about all that there is to it. Unfortunately, there is a lot of sugar in this recipe and if necessary, cut back on the amount of sugar a little bit. Mandarin chicken goes great served with white rice. Enjoy.
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Mandarin Chicken Recipe

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  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • vegetable oil or cooking spray
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Mandarin Sauce-
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • A ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • A ¼ cup of water
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Pound chicken breasts with a mallet to an even thickness and season both sides with sugar, salt, and garlic powder. Grill chicken 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink inside. Remove from grill and cut into bite-sized strips. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and ginger. Pour into a wok or saucepan. Heat the mixture until almost at a boil. Combine cornstarch and water. Once the sauce starts to boil add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened.
  3. Add grilled chicken to the wok and coat with the sauce. Simmer until heated thoroughly.
  • Author: Bobby
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Thursday 19th of January 2012

This recipe is actually very close to Panda Express. I actually think that this recipe is a tad bit sweeter so I'm going to make it again tonight and cut out some of the sugar. I'll let ya'll know how it turns out.


Wednesday 7th of December 2011

This recipe was easy and tastes good. The only thing that I would change the next time I made it would be to cut the amount of sugar in half. It was far too sweet.

Brenda Lee

Wednesday 31st of August 2011

This recipe was super easy to put together! I had to use flour as a substitute for cornstarch, but the consistency came out great. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.


Monday 7th of June 2010

Mandarin chicken is my favorite at Panda Express. I'm going to try this recipe and see if I can come close to duplicating the taste. Mahalo!


Friday 8th of January 2010

EXCELLENT recipe! I made this last night and served it over stir-fried ramen noodles -- yumm! Thanks so much for sharing!