Jul 11, 2019

Panda Express Unveils New Sichuan Hot Chicken

Taking a cue from the popularity of Nashville hot chicken, Panda Express gives their own American Chinese take on the dish with new Sichuan Hot Chicken.

Available for a limited time starting July 17, 2019, the new entree features extra crispy chicken breast strips tossed in a Sichuan peppercorn oil-based glaze and sprinkled with a propriety spice blend. Unlike your typical Panda Express entres, this one is meant to be eaten with your hands. Additionally, you can ask that they make it "extra spicy" to turn the heat up a notch.

Sichuan peppercorns are known less for their heat (although Sichuan cuisine often includes other chili peppers to make up for it) and more for causing a tingling or numbing sensation in your mouth.

You get three chicken strips per order and they're good for about 400 calories and 23 grams of protein.

Interesting, Panda Express is not the first national fast food chain to feature Sichuan peppercorns. Popeyes did it back in 2015.

Photo via Panda Express.

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