01.02.20

Whole30 Chang’s Spicy Chicken

Growing up, my family were very loyal PF Chang’s customers. We loved going for the family style dinners and getting an assortment of our favorite things on the menu: Mongolian beef, lettuce cups, string beans, and my personal favorite… the Chang’s Spicy Chicken. 

The Chang’s Spicy Chicken is spicy, tangy, and a little sweet– but absolutely delicious! Since I can remember, I’ve always loved spicy food and this was one of my favorite spicy dishes to feast on! You guys know how much I love to recreate my childhood favorites, so it was a no brainer for me to recreate the Chang’s Spicy Chicken in my own kitchen. I’ve adapted it to be Whole30, and it turned out quite lovely! I will say that it was hard to get it as sweet as I’d like to, but that is just life on the Whole30. However, for a whole30 rendition, it’s as close as it gets and regardless– freaking delicious!

If you’re a spicy food lover like me, try this simple and delicious chicken stir fry! It goes well with cauliflower rice and some sauteed green beans, snap peas, or steamed broccoli! No need to call in take-out, you can make it right at home!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken

Serves: 4 people
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Ingredients

For the Chicken Stir Fry:

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper (Black pepper is fine too)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (Save about 2 tbsp for garnish)

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (Add more, to taste, depending on your heat preference)
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes (Add more, to taste, depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice (From a can of pineapple chunks)
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp arrowroot

Instructions

  • Place chicken on a cutting board and cover with saran wrap. Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a skillet, pound until chicken it is an even 1/4-in thick. Discard the plastic wrap, then cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  • Place the cubed chicken in a large bowl and add 2 tbsp of the avocado oil, the salt, pepper and arrowroot. Toss until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the coconut aminos, fish sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, ketchup, cayenne, chili flakes, toasted sesame oil, pineapple juice and arrowroot. Whisk until well combined and the arrowroot has dissolved in the mixture. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add your remaining 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Once heated, add your chicken in a single layer (You'll likely need to do this in 2 batches) and cook until a brown crust forms on both sides and the chicken is cooked through; about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean plate and set aside until all of your chicken is cooked through.
  • Once all chicken is browned, add it back into the hot skillet. Whisk the sauce once more to ensure it's well combined, and pour into the skillet with the chicken. Add about 3/4 of the green onions (reserve the rest for garnish) and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens and chicken is well-coated in the sauce, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve as desired and top with remaining green onions. enjoy!

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