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P.F. Chang's Kung Pao Chicken copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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P.F. Chang's Kung Pao Chicken


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Menu Description:Quick-fired with peanuts, chili peppers and scallions. Our hot favorite.”

My favorite chicken dish at P.F. Chang’s is also the top spicy chicken entrée at the 89-unit China bistro chain. The secret for a great P.F. Chang's Kung Pao Chicken recipe clone is combining the right ingredients for the perfect marinade that will also become the sauce. Soy sauce and oyster sauce provide the saltiness. Mirin, which is sweetened sake, contributes the sweet flavor component. Chili oil gives the sauce its spicy kick and a little rice vinegar adds the necessary acidy. Sliced chicken breasts take a soak in this sauce for about an hour, then the chicken is dusted with a little cornstarch and flash-fried in peanut oil. You can use a wok for the frying stage and then rinse it out for use in the final sauté, or you can use a medium saucepan to fry the chicken and a sauté pan to finish cooking everything with the reserved sauce. Either way, you'll get a great P.F. Chang's Kung Pao Chicken recipe clone that goes perfect with a side of white or brown rice. Nailed the recipe, but still can't pick up peanuts with chopsticks.

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Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 4 teaspoons mirin
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Robbie Mastrandrea
Apr 19, 2021, 15:56

Spot on! This tastes like the restaurant version more so than their name brand bottled sauce. How is that possible? It’s my favorite dish at PF Chang’s. Will use this recipe often. Thank you!!

Foodie Cooks
Nov 22, 2014, 22:00

This recipe is just spot on! This is my favorite dish at PF Chang's and I have been trying to find a clone for years. None of the other recipes on the web ever came close. So happy that I stumbled upon this.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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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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