What is the most popular item at Panda Express

10 What is the most popular item at Panda Express that will blow your mind

At Panda Express, you’ll find all of your favorite Chinese takeout classics. The restaurant was founded in 1983 by Andrew Cherng and was an instant hit, winning rave reviews from critics and customers alike with its famous orange chicken and more than 40 other menu items like chow mein, egg rolls, and Kung Pao Chicken, and much more.

But even with all of these tasty options, one item reigns supreme over all others at Panda Express — the Beef Broccoli. So why is this dish so popular? What makes it so special?

Chow Mein

The most popular item at any Chinese restaurant, chow mein is essentially a stir-fry with noodles instead of rice. As simple as it sounds, there are different ways to prepare it. In New York City, salt and pepper chow mein is often made with cellophane noodles—the same kind you get in boba tea drinks—and topped with crispy fried wontons.

However, when it comes to Panda Express’ version of chow mein, you’ll get boiled white rice noodles tossed in an orange sauce along with broccoli and slices of chicken or shrimp.

Orange Chicken

The most popular item on Panda Express is definitely orange chicken. It’s a sweet, tangy, and spicy dish made with chunks of white meat chicken tossed in a tangy sauce. Most people are aware that food coloring is used in orange chicken to achieve its signature color, but few know what it actually is.

According to Food Babe (an organic food watchdog), it’s made from either Red #40 or Yellow #6 – both of which are derived from petroleum-based products and known to cause allergic reactions in children! Sounds less appetizing now, doesn’t it? The good news is there are healthier alternatives to red food coloring – like beet juice or paprika extract.

Veggie Egg Rolls

Just for vegans and vegetarians, these little babies do not contain any meat products. But in case you’re still craving animal protein, here’s some good news: These aren’t just delicious without meat, they also don’t contain egg or dairy products. In other words: It doesn’t get more vegan than that! Unless you count tofu. (But we digress.)

While you probably wouldn’t be able to guess how to make a tasty egg roll out of veggies and fresh herbs, these things are delicious! So if you want a filling meal but can’t or don’t eat meat, grab an order of veggie egg rolls at Panda Express. Your taste buds—and your conscience—will thank you.

Beijing Beef

With no noodles and little sauce, you’d be forgiven for wondering what all of the fuss is about. But a hint of garlic and rice wine in every bite gives it an intensity of flavor you won’t be able to get enough of.

Even if you aren’t usually a fan of beef, do yourself a favor and give Beijing Beef a try. If you dig it as much as we do, top off your meal with some Ginger Dressing—the perfect way to bring everything together into one amazing experience.

 Kung Pao Chicken

This is a personal favorite of mine, mostly because I grew up eating it. The taste is so distinct, and when combined with rice, it’s just perfect.

I would describe it as a blend of sweetness and spiciness – just like I want my sex to be. On second thought though…I don’t want my sex to be like kung pao chicken.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

This entree is a generous platter of fried shrimp, mushrooms, and vegetables drizzled with spicy ginger honey sauce. A scoop of steamed rice comes on top. Just as addictive as it is delicious, you’ll want to order two—one for now and one for later! Like many fast-food restaurants these days, Panda Express offers plenty of salad options.

Although they are a bit pricier than an entrée (averaging $6), they allow you to feel slightly less guilty about indulging in Chinese cuisine! For example, their Orange Cashew Chicken Salad comes with fresh greens topped with sliced chicken breast and crispy noodles tossed in a tangy orange cashew sauce.

 Broccoli Beef

Broccoli beef is a classic Chinese dish with a blend of sweet and savory flavors. Served over white rice, broccoli beef has quickly become one of my favorite menu items at Panda Express.

Their serving sizes are generous and you’ll never go hungry, based on my personal experience. One thing to note is that most takeout containers are not environmentally friendly, so feel free to use paper plates instead!

Teriyaki Chicken Combo

If you’re craving a classic American meal with a twist, we highly recommend you order one of our combo meals.

It comes with two egg rolls and either fried rice or chow mein, along with two of our most popular entrees: teriyaki chicken and sweet fire chicken. With just 230 calories and 4 grams of fat in each serving, it’s no wonder why it’s so popular!

Shanghai Angus Steak Tips & Green Beans Combo Plate

This dish features an Angus-beef steak, green beans, and savory brown rice. It’s a flavorful option for those looking to stay on their healthy while they’re at work.

Shanghai Angus Steak Tips & Green Beans Combo Plate: 340 calories, 18 grams of fat (7g saturated), 1.5 grams of trans fat, and 590mg sodium.

Jasmine Tea

This beverage is a great alternative to water, as it gives you some liquid and also is full of antioxidants. This option has no calories and only 5 grams of sugar. It’s also an easy way to sneak in some servings of green tea, which can help you burn more fat or lose weight by boosting your metabolism and controlling your appetite.

If you aren’t a fan of jasmine tea, they offer black tea (with 10 calories per serving) as well. This is another beverage that comes with free refills, so consider ordering 2 if you’re trying to watch your calories. Just beware – 1 cup counts as an entire meal at Panda Express!

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