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Every Dish on the Panda Express Menu, Ranked

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Hop On the Panda Express

The first thing you notice when you step into a Panda Express is the aroma, bold and in your face. If you're lucky enough to get in line without much of a wait, you might find yourself suddenly panic-stricken. What's it going to be today? Panda boasts almost 20 different items, each with prices that are friendly on our wallets. Here's our guide to the entire Panda Express menu, ranked from best to worst.


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panda express orange chicken
Panda Express

1. The Original Orange Chicken

Price: $4.90 a la carte


I have eaten a lot of American-style Chinese food in my life, and I can say with 100% certainty that I have never had orange chicken that compares with Panda's. It's just one of those titans that can't be dethroned. Can you find better chow mein? Sure. Can you find better broccoli beef? Of course. But look high and low, from New York to Los Angeles. You won't find better orange chicken. It's got a firm grasp on the crown, and I can't imagine anybody is even close to claiming it.


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panda express honey sesame chicken breast
Panda Express

2. Honey Sesame Chicken Breast

Price: $4.90 a la carte


I don't intend to keep my love for Panda Express a secret; it's a wonderful restaurant. Even so, I had never actually tried the honey sesame chicken breast before, and wow. I was so swept up in this that for a minute I thought I was going to hand it the number one spot. I recovered from my fugue state, but there's no denying how excellent this dish is. A milder flavor than orange chicken isn't the worst thing, and I swear to you that somehow this one stays crispier, longer. Winner, winner, sesame chicken dinner.


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panda express kung pao chicken
Panda Express

3. Kung Pao Chicken

Price: $4.90 a la carte


Of all the Panda Express dishes that claim to be spicy, kung pao chicken is the only one that actually might live up to its claim. KPC has a nice crunch from the peanuts, rounded out by zucchini and peppers. I also found the crispy remains of a dried chili, like a fossil from a spicier civilization; a skull and crossbones, warning us. Ye intruders, beware.


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panda express grilled chicken teriyaki
Panda Express

4. Grilled Chicken Teriyaki

Price: $4.90 a la carte


If you've ever doubted the integrity of the food at Panda Express, look no further than its teriyaki. This is real, dark-meat chicken, sliced up directly in front of you. As one of the healthier options on the menu (without the sauce), it's a win-win.

panda express mushroom chicken
Panda Express

5. Mushroom Chicken

Price: $4.90 a la carte


Zucchini lovers, step forth. Mushroom chicken is full to bursting with big zucchini slices and drenched in brown sauce alongside mushrooms and chicken breast. Plus, it's only 220 calories to boot.

panda express beyond orange chicken
Panda Express

6. Beyond The Original Orange Chicken

Price: $6.15


At this point it should no longer be surprising that Beyond meat can fool even the most avid carnivores. While the differences between the plant-based orange chicken and the original are obvious when eaten back-to-back, I'm willing to bet it would take me a few bites to realize the difference if I wasn't told what I was eating. That's probably the best review Beyond can ask for, but once you sit with it for a minute, you can start to tell. There's less umami here and definitely more chew. All that to say: This is 100% passable for orange chicken. Vegans, rejoice.

panda express chow mein
Panda Express

7. Chow Mein

Price: $4.40 a la carte


What do I even say about the most beloved chow mein in the game? I'd be willing to bet 75% of customers walk out the door with those heavenly, wok-fried noodles in their bag, and those that don't probably spend the rest of the week regretting that decision. Like orange chicken, it's a must-order.

panda express string beach chicken
Panda Express

8. String Bean Chicken Breast

Price: $4.90 a la carte


We've got a semi-healthy option here, as the chicken you'll find in this dish is a lot leaner than some of Panda Express's other chicken options. This definitely feels healthier as you eat it, and in the fast food world, that's kind of refreshing. 

panda express angus steak
Panda Express

9. Black Pepper Angus Steak

Price: $6.15 a la carte


Beef is not where Panda shines. The steak is notably better than its broccoli or Beijing counterparts, though still a little bit too tough and chewy. I'd add more mushrooms, but that's just one incredibly refined diner's opinion.

panda express broccoli beef
Panda Express

10. Broccoli Beef

Price: $4.90 a la carte


Broccoli beef is classic. Simple, unctuous, and to the point, the enormous broccoli pieces will help distract you from how chewy the beef is.

panda express black pepper chicken
Panda Express

11. Black Pepper Chicken

Price: $4.90 a la carte


Yeesh, Panda's not kidding. This is pepper chicken alright. Pepper is, in fact, the only flavor you can taste, so if you're averse to pepper, steer clear. Or save some of it to put under somebody's nose so they can start sneezing like a cartoon character.

panda express veggie spring rolls
Panda Express

12. Veggie Spring Rolls

Price: $2 for two pieces


Very rarely in my life have I walked out of Panda without a few veggie spring rolls on the side. Yeah, they've got that slime, but you need that slime. You love that slime. Spring roll slime (dibs on that band name) is all part of the experience.

panda express sweetfire chicken
Panda Express

13. SweetFire Chicken Breast

Price: $4.90 a la carte


This, unfortunately, is one iota of sliminess too far for me. Like other sweet and sour chicken dishes, the glaze is heavy here. I do love the pineapple, but we all know how hotly debated the inclusion of pineapple in savory food can get. SweetFire is fine, but there are better options.

panda express super greens
Panda Express

14. Super Greens

Price: $4.40 a la carte


I feel bad ranking these so low, because really, they're pretty good. As somebody who loves to get a plate of garlicky greens on the table at a Chinese restaurant, these are a necessity for me. Sure, sometimes they give you a kale stem longer than your own finger and sometimes the cabbage is crunchy and hard as a diamond, but it does the trick.

panda express beijing beef
Panda Express

15. Beijing Beef

Price: $4.90 a la carte


Too chewy. Not that spicy. Very boring.

panda express chicken egg roll
Panda Express

16. Chicken Egg Roll

Price: $2 for one piece


The chicken egg roll, gigantic and deep-fried, is a strange one to me. It's kind of like a chimichanga, by way of an underground New York-Chinese restaurant. You could easily turn two or three of them into an entire meal. That said, it’s always got a nice, golden char, which makes for a wonderful crunch.

panda express cream cheese rangoons
Panda Express

17. Cream Cheese Rangoon

Price: $2 for three pieces


Look, these are good, okay? It’s a fried wonton stuffed with cream cheese and chives. That type of thing is always going to be good. The problem is that it pretty much has no business anywhere in a Panda Express meal. The notable lack of crab makes these things utterly useless.

panda express honey walnut shrimp
Panda Express

18. Honey Walnut Shrimp

Price: $6.15 a la carte


Stellar candied walnuts. Soggy, low-grade shrimp, some of which have tails. A devastating combination.

panda express fried rice
Panda Express

19. Fried Rice

Price: $4.40 a la carte


It's important to note that while here we are, at the bottom of the ranking, we still have a pretty good dish. Panda's fried rice isn't anything to write home about, but it will get the job done in a pinch. If this is the worst that Panda can do, things are going well.