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So Cal Panda Express join nation's largest Chinese New Year Celebration

Panda Express quick-service Chinese restaurant, Covina, CA


In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year, The Year of the Horse, Panda Express, is inviting Southern Californians to celebrate with them as they create the nation’s largest Chinese New Year celebration on January 31, 2014. As America’s favorite Chinese restaurant, Panda Express will treat guests to a free single serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast, a favorite they brought back in time for Chinese New Year. They will also offer guests a Chinese traditional red envelope containing a surprise offer.

Covina Panda Express participates 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 restaurants are giving away a free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast in the nation’s largest Chinese New Year Celebration, January 31st.
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How to get your free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast

You may download a coupon for a free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast at the Panda Express website.

If you like hot dishes, you can sample and order the Firecracker Chicken Breast now in advance of the 2014 Chinese New Year Celebration. You’ll be able to order it until February 18. I found this dish creates a heat different from jalapenos. It seemed to be more back of my mouth as opposed to trying to burn off my taste buds.

Firecracker Chicken Breast is a Wok-Smart™ dish that combines marinated, all-white meat chicken breast, sweet red and yellow bell peppers, and crisp onions tossed 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

You can include Firecracker Chicken Breast in Panda Express’ Family Feast menu option, which contains three large entrées and two large side dishes. It is ideal to bring home for the whole family to enjoy. This fits, of course, with the traditional emphasis in Chinese culture on family togetherness therefore it is especially appropriate during the Chinese New Year holiday.

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

Panda Inn’s marketing team shared this interview with us. “During the Chinese New Year, families come together to celebrate with delicious dishes meant to bring good fortune in the upcoming year,” said Andy Kao, Panda Express Executive Chef. “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

Chinese culture uses a Lunar Year calendar so the new moon marks the beginning of the Lunar Year. Our American holidays pale in comparison to the Chinese 15-day celebration. It begins with a grand feast on January 31st. According to tradition, families set a place at the table for family members who cannot attend a so they can at least benefit from the symbolic dishes. Another part of the festivities involves exchanging red envelopes filled with money between friends and family. They use red envelopes because the color red symbolizes good luck. According to Chinese astrology people born in the year of the horse will be great communicators, cheerful, perceptive and often stubborn.

Learn with Me Program™ for elementary school teachers

To celebrate their culture as well as the Chinese New Year, Panda Express proudly again offers their Chinese New Year Learn with Me Program™ free to elementary schools in America. They designed this child-friendly, interactive curriculum to help educators teach the cultural significance of Chinese New Year.

For its eighth year, Panda Express provides teachers of second through fourth grades with class materials in the Learn with Me Program™ an for teaching their students about China’s most time-honored celebration.

As an educator, you can sign up for this free instructional resource kit online at You will find the following:

  • 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


To get pictures for this article, I visited our local Panda Express in Covina, California. I chatted with Suryati, the training leader, about my restaurant reviews and this press release. She then gave me two free dinners. While we enjoyed these dinners, they did not motivate me to write a positive review. We like Panda Inn’s food and the local staff enough that I typically get two takeout dinners for Dorothy and me every other week. Normally we get three entrées each.

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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


  • 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 Chinese restaurant
  • Casual dining
  • Family
  • Takeout

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

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