Sep 8, 2016

Review: Panda Express - General Tso's Chicken

Panda Express' General Tso's Chicken features crispy-fried white meat chicken wok-tossed in a sweet, spicy, and tangy sauce along with green beans, red and yellow bell peppers, and onions.

A two-entree plate was $7.10. I chose Orange Chicken as my other entree for comparison's sake (plus I love me some Orange Chicken and it's their most popular dish).

Compared to the Orange Chicken, General Tso's Chicken comes with a thinner, smoother batter that didn't manage to stay crispy. I'd rather just go without the batter when it's like that. The chicken veered towards the drier side of things.

General Tso's (bottom) next to Orange Chicken (top).
The sauce that covers the chicken offered a strong dose of tanginess from what'd I guess to be a combination of vinegar and soy sauce as there's just a slight fermented funk to it. Next to Orange Chicken, it's less sweet and notably more tangy but less fruity. The two are comparable in terms of heat, which is too say they were both just lightly spicy.

The vegetables mixed in give General Tso's a bit more variety although it's a pretty standard (and familiar mix at Panda Express. The green beans were overcooked but the onions and peppers were crisp.

Overall, Panda Express' General Tso' Chicken was fairly ho-hum. The tanginess was a little too heavy and the batter was disappointing.

Nutritional Info - Panda Express General Tso's Chicken (5.7-oz)
Calories - 330 (from Fat - 100)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 2g)
Sodium - 910mg
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 15g)
Protein - 19g

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