Panda Express Chinese Restaurant is a fast-food chain American Chinese cuisine. They have restaurants in over 2200 locations all over the US and it is the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the US, where it was founded. And additionally, it also has some restaurants across North America and Asia.
This chain fast food brand offers a variety of Chinese-cuisine-inspired dishes, but with an American twist. And they also have some low carb entrees that you can eat as a keto dieter.
Here is the list of the top 10 low-carb dishes at Panda Express Chinese restaurant for a keto diet:
String Bean Chicken Breast
Their String Bean Chicken Breast consists of string beans, grilled Asian chicken breast, and onions wok-tossed in a mild ginger soy sauce.
This dish contains 190 calories and 9 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, 13 grams of total carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of net carbs. This makes it a great low-carb dish without any non-ketogenic ingredients.
What to order: Ask for a String Bean Chicken Breast.
Black Pepper Angus Steak
Their Black Pepper Angus Steak consists of an Angus steak that has been wok-seared with onions, red bell peppers, baby broccoli, and mushrooms in a savory black pepper sauce.
The dish contains 180 calories and 7 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein, 10 grams of total carbs, 1 gram of fiber, and 9 grams of net carbs. All making the back pepper Angus steak a great option for a keto dieter.
What to order: Ask for a Black Pepper Angus Steak.
Kung Pao Chicken
The Kung Pao Chicken is a Szechwan-inspired dish that consists of honey sesame chicken breast, peanuts, and vegetables, which are topped with chili peppers.
This dish contains 290 calories, 19 grams of fat,16 grams of protein, 14 grams of total carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of net carbs, which make this dish a great low-carb option.
What to order: Ask for a Kung Pao Chicken.
Their Mushroom Chicken dish consists of a delicate and flavourful combination of mushrooms with chicken, and zucchini that have been wok-tossed with a light ginger soy sauce.
This dish contains 220 calories, 14 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of total carbs, 1 gram of fiber, and 9 grams of net carbs. Making this dish a great option for keto and low-carb dieters.
What to order: Ask for Mushroom Chicken.
Black Pepper Chicken
The Black Pepper Chicken consists of marinated chicken with onions and celery in a bold black pepper sauce.
This dish contains 280 calories, 19 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 15 grams of total carbs, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of net carbs, which makes this one of the higher-carb dishes in this list, but it is still a good option for low-carb dieters.
What to order: Ask for Black Pepper Chicken.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
The Grilled Teriyaki Chicken consists of a grilled chicken thigh that has been hand-sliced to order and served with teriyaki sauce. Without the teriyaki sauce, this makes a great keto friendly option
This dish contains 300 calories, 13 grams of fat, 36 grams of protein, 8 grams of total carbs, no fiber, which means 8 grams of net carbs. Meaning that this dish contains the lowest amount of net-carbs and it is a great option for those on the keto diet or a low-carb diet.
What to order: Ask for a Grilled Teriyaki Chicken.
Their Broccoli Beef is a a great keto meal and a pure classic- it consists of tender beef with fresh broccoli in a ginger soy sauce.
This dish contains 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein, 13 grams of total carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of net carbs, which make this dish a great low-carb option.
What to order: Ask for Broccoli Beef and hold the ginger sauce if you can.
Honey Sesame Chicken
The Honey Sesame Chicken breast is a classic. It is made with thin, crispy strips of all-white meat chicken, that has been tossed with crisp yellow bell peppers, fresh-cut string beans, in a sizzling hot wok with honey sauce and sesame seeds.
This dish contains 490 calories, 22 grams of fat, 16 grams of protein, 40 grams of total carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 38 grams of net carbs. This dish without modifying is not low-carb, but by modifying it you can still fit it into a low-carb diet. The ingredient that is not ketogenic is the honey sauce.
What to order: Ask for a Honey Sesame Chicken without the honey sauce.
Honey Walnut Shrimp
Their Honey Walnut Shrimps are made with large tempura-battered shrimp, that have been wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts.
This dish contains 360 calories, 23 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 35 grams of total carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 33 grams of net carbs, which make this a higher carb dish from this list without modifying it. The only non-ketogenic ingredient is the honey sauce.
What to order: Ask for a Honey Walnut Shrimp without the honey sauce or you can swap the honey sauce for a lower carb sauce like black pepper sauce or even soy sauce.
Their Super Greens are the only ketogenic side dish that they offer. It consists of a healthful medley of cabbage, kale, and broccoli and it tastes good!
The nutritional information for this side dish is the following: 90 calories, 3 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 10 grams of total carbs, 5 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of net carbs, which makes it a great low-carb mixed vegetables side dish.
Eating keto at Panda Express is possible because the menu contains a variety of low-carb and keto dishes that you can order without modifying them and one low-carb, ketogenic side dish. Some of the dishes you need to modify to lower the number of carbs in it just like when you eat keto at other restaurants.
Overall, Panda Express has mainly chicken or beef-based dishes and many great options for keto and low-carb dieters. But, if you want to play it safe you can always order plain chicken or chicken with a low-carb sauce along with a side of broccoli, kale, green beans and cabbage. Usually added sauces increase carb count dramatically, but adding chili sauce is a great way to increase flavor without adding a ton of carbs!
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