Pei Wei Wei Better Orange Chicken copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Pei Wei Wei Better Orange Chicken

Score: 5.00. Votes: 3
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This 220-unit downscaled version of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro targets the lunch crowd with a smaller menu that features bento boxes, bowls, and small plates. The bestseller on the menu is this orange chicken, which I have to say is pretty damn good orange chicken. Obviously, a clone is needed for this one, stat.

The name “Wei Better Orange Chicken” is a competitive callout to Panda Express's signature orange chicken, which is made with pre-breaded and frozen chicken. Pei Wei claims its orange chicken is prepared each day from scratch with chicken that is never frozen, so we’ll craft our clone the same way. But rather than assemble the dish in a wok over a high-flame fast stove like they do at the restaurant, we’ll prepare the sauce and chicken separately, then toss them with fresh orange wedges just before serving.

By the way, this dish goes very well with white or brown rice, so don’t forget to make some.

This recipe was our #4 most popular in 2020. Check out the other four most unlocked recipes for the year: Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce (#1), Olive Garden Lasagna Classico (#2), King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (#3), Chipotle Mexican Grill Carnitas (#5).

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Paula Korber
Jan 19, 2021, 15:24

We don't have Pei Wei in Ohio but the recipe looked so good, I just had to try it. Turned out great and will be making it often. Thank you for making it available.

Tina Todd
Aug 29, 2020, 18:55

I’m not a fan of orange chicken but I have a 6 year old boy who loves it. It’s always easier to stop by Panda or Pei Wei and pick up a child’s serving of orange chicken. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it for him. He had three servings. I have to admit, even I found it tasty.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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