Panda Express partnered with Beyond Meat to develop vegan orange chicken that will be introduced at test locations in the greater New York City and Los Angeles areas. The Beyond The Original Orange Chicken boasts a fully plant-based coating and sauce inspired by Panda Express' own famous orange chicken, which has been a menu staple for decades.
To reach new demographics, Panda Express collaborated with Beyond Meat to reinvent American Chinese comfort food with cutting-edge plant-based protein. As Chef Jimmy Wang, Executive Director of Culinary Innovation at Panda Express revealed to VegNews, the new entree has all of the "irresistibly crunchy texture of our signature entrée."
How well the new orange chicken alternative does at the test locations will play into the wider launch of the meatless Panda Express menu item.