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Anaheim Area Panda Expresses Celebrate Chinese New Year

Like Anaheim area Panda Expresses, Covina’s joins in the nation’s largest Chinese New Year Celebration - giving free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast from their buffet, January 31st
Like Anaheim area Panda Expresses, Covina’s joins in the nation’s largest Chinese New Year Celebration - giving free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast from their buffet, January 31st
John R. Aberle

Panda Express quick-service Chinese restaurant, Covina, CA


Anaheim area Panda Expresses are joining Panda Express quick-service restaurants across the country to put on the nation’s largest celebration of this Chinese New Year, The Year of the Horse. They are inviting you to celebrate with them by treating you to a free single serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast on January 31, 2014. This dish is a favorite they brought back in time for Chinese New Year. As their guest, they will also give you a Chinese traditional red envelope containing a surprise offer.

Panda Express quick-service restaurants host the nation’s largest Chinese New Year Celebration, January 31st by giving away a free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast.
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Go online to get your free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast

At the Panda Express website, you can download a coupon for a free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast.

Because they already have it on their buffet, and will until February 18th, I recently sampled it. It is great for those who like it hot. I like dishes with a little kick but not scorching hot. This particular dish pushes my limits so those who love spicy hot dishes should love it. It struck me as having a different kind of heat from jalapenos. I noticed it more towards the back of my mouth as opposed to wiping out my taste buds.

Firecracker Chicken Breast as a Wok-Smart™ dish

Panda Inn describes their Firecracker Chicken Breast as a Wok-Smart™ dish consisting of marinated, all-white meat chicken breast, sweet red and yellow bell peppers, and crisp onions. They toss these together in a sizzling hot wok with spicy black bean sauce to create a one-of-a-kind taste that has fewer than 250 calories.

Panda Express Family Feast

Chinese culture puts great value on families dining together, especially on the Chinese New Year, their biggest holiday. Thus, it’s appropriate that you can add Firecracker Chicken Breast as one of your menu options in your Panda Express’ Family Feast. This selection contains three large entrées and two large side dishes. It’s just right for bringing home so the whole family can enjoy it together.

Andy Kao, Panda Express Executive Chef, explains role of Firecracker Chicken Breast

You may have noticed that Chinese culture has a different astrological system from that which European-based societies use; for instance, this New Year is the Year of the Horse. Certain foods represent different things. For example, Andy Kao, Panda Express Executive Chef, pointed out that “Symbolically, Panda’s bold Firecracker Chicken Breast is a fitting entree to ring in the Year of the Horse because chicken symbolizes prosperity and joy, two unique attributes associated with the horse zodiac sign.”

Lunar Year celebration

The new moon marks the beginning of the Lunar Year so the Chinese 15-day celebration for “The Year of the Horse” starts on January 31st. According to tradition, families include absent family members by setting a place at the table for them so they can at least benefit from the symbolic dishes. Another part of the Chinese New Year celebration includes exchanging red envelopes filled with money between friends and family. Because the color red symbolizes good luck, they use red envelopes. The characteristics attributed to people born in the year of the horse are that they will be great communicators, cheerful, perceptive and often stubborn.

Learn with Me Program™ for elementary school teachers

Since 1983 when the first Panda Express opened in Glendale, California in the Galleria, they have opened more than 1,650 locations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam in addition to Canada and Mexico. This year marks the eighth year teachers of second through fourth grades can find instructional materials in the Learn with Me Program™ to teach their students about the important role that the Chinese New Year celebration has in Chinese Culture.

If you are an educator in an elementary school in America and want free aids to raise your students awareness of the cultural significance of Chinese New Year, check out Panda Express’ Learn with Me Program™. They specifically designed these materials to provide a child-friendly, interactive curriculum.

As an educator, you can find this free instructional resource kit online

  • Panda Express Chinese New Year Video
  • Year of the Horse Fact Sheet
  • Jade Emperor’s Game & Activity Sheet
  • Chinese New Year Decoration Art Activity
  • Lai See (Red Envelope) Activity Sheet


I wanted to add a slide show to this article so I visited our local Panda Express in Covina, California. I explained to Suryati, the training leader, how I write restaurant reviews and would be publishing this press release. She then gave me two free dinners. While we enjoyed these dinners, my positive comments are based on the fact that Dorothy and I like Panda Express’ food and the local staff. In fact, I typically get two takeout dinners with three entrées each for Dorothy and me every other week.

Firecracker Chicken Breast coupon for free single serving on January 31, 2014:

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Additional information
Panda Express, Covina, CA

  • 980 Badillo St.,Covina, CA 91724
  • Phone: 626-332-6718
  • Fax: 626-332-6019

Panda Express website

Panda Express locations

  • There are 27 Panda Express locations within 10 miles of the 92802 zip code
  • Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: see above note
  • Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: see above note


  • Sun 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Mon 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Tue 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Wed 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Thu 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Fri 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sat 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Panda Express menus

Wok Smart™

“The Wok Smart™ system is debuted to highlight healthier eating options at Panda Express. There are more than 15 Wok Smart™ items, which are 250 calories or less.”

Meals Served:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cuisine Type:

  • Chinese

Service Type:

  • Buffet
  • Quick-service
  • Casual dining
  • Family
  • Takeout
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