The chicken sandwich wars continue. This time with Panda Express!? Yes, you read that right. Panda Express is testing a new version of its original orange chicken sandwich in Pasadena, California. The new sandwich is the company’s second version. It is made to order with a brioche bun, sriracha aioli sauce, sweet pickles, and a crispy chicken strip glazed in the brand’s signature Orange Chicken sauce. When Panda Express originally tested the sandwich last year it was a breaded chicken breast topped with orange sauce, a spicy aioli, shredded cabbage, and pickles, all nestled between a King’s Hawaiian bun.
That sandwich must not have been the hit the chain hoped for. Which led to this new iteration. The new recipe Original Orange Chicken Sandwich replaces the spicy aioli sauce with sriracha aioli. Additionally, it glazes the entire crispy chicken strip with orange sauce, replaces the King’s Hawaiian bun with a brioche bun, and totally removes the shredded cabbage.
Do you like the idea of Panda Express joining the chicken sandwich wars or should they stay in their lane? Personally, I want to know who asked for this. If I want Chinese food, I want Chinese food. A Chinese chicken sandwich-ehh I could do without. I don’t see this second version making it to the general market if the first didn’t. But I could be wrong. But any publicity is good publicity and I’m talking about it so maybe you are too. If you happen to hop on a flight to Pasadena and try the sandwich let me know how it is!