July 9, 2024

Panda Express Style Honey Walnut Shrimp or Chicken

This recipe was developed by request as part of our Whatcha Want Wednesday theme of Asian Food and attempts to replicate the famously sweet and sticky Honey Walnut Shrimp. You may substitute Chicken for another variation that’s sure to please. To make something very close to the Panda Express you will need both the honey and the sweetened condensed milk. A slightly different dairy free version may be made using coco lopez cream of coconut in place of sweetened condensed milk, and for the very frugal you may substitute the walnut syrup for all of the honey or sweetened condensed milk (which will give you a different, but still delicious flavor).

Panda Express Style Honey Walnut Shrimp or Chicken

Panda Express Style Honey Walnut Shrimp or Chicken 


  • 1 c water
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp light honey (use a lightly flavored honey) or syrup from the walnuts (recipe follows)
  • 1 tbsp canned sweetened condensed milk or Coco lopez cream of coconut (to make this dairy free) OR syrup from walnuts (recipe follows)



Mix together the water, sugar and walnuts. Bring to a boil in a small saucepan over medium high head. Boil for 3-5 minutes, or until the syrup starts to thicken. Drain walnuts onto a plate to cool, reserving aside the syrup for use in the sauce, if desired.

Mix The Mayonnaise. In a mixing bowl, mix the mayonnaise; honey or syrup; condensed milk, coco lopez, or syrup, and walnuts.

Prepare Fried Pieces as directed in recipe, and mix into the sauce immediately after draining, while still hot.

Return all items to the wok and heat thoroughly.


Serve immediately
This recipe was originally tested and adapted from a recipe published by Naomi Poe in July 2012. Original photo of food by Jennifer Bigler.