Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins
Found this on Recipelink from Mary Jo in Minneapolis. She writes: I copied this recipe down when I saw it. As I remember, it is from a chef at PF Changs restaurant for a news show.
FOR THE BATTER
- 4 ounces flour
- 2 1⁄2 ounces cornstarch
- 1 egg
- 6 fluid ounces water
- 1⁄8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄8 teaspoon baking powder
FOR THE CHICKEN SEASONING
- 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut up
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1⁄8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
FOR THE SAUCE
- 1⁄2 cup sake or 1⁄2 cup rice wine
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 3 fluid ounces rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- Mix the ingredients for the batter together thoroughly and let sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
- Coat chicken with seasonings and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Coat chicken with batter and fry in oil (I did not write down the directions to this as it seemed self explanatory at the time).
- Mix ingredients for the sauce together. When ready to eat, mix 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup cornstarch.
- Bring the ingredients for the sauce to a boil and add the cornstarch mixture slowly, boil 1-2 minutes. It should be like loose honey.
- Coat the cooked chicken with the sauce.
Not sure how you could possibly have a bad experience with this recipe enough to give one or less stars, but this is one of the few recipes on food.com I have been amazed with. I made this for my wife last week without measuring properly and it was okay, but not as good as this time. When you measure everything out and follow the recipe right, it's just like the real thing! My wife loved it so much she had me make extra for her to eat while I'm away at work.
One note - if you don't have Sake or Rice Wine, you can use a 3:1:1 mixture of Vodka, Tequila, and Water for a fairly similar taste. Also, the recipe doesn't say to do this, but if you watch at PeiWei, when they have the chicken fried, they put it in a wok with sauce and toss it around - that's how you get it to taste right. Don't put too much sauce (alternatively not too little either), but toss it around on the pan for 25-30 seconds at medium to medium-high heat and then pour on top of the rice with some chow mein or rice noodles and you're good to go!
I gave this recipe one star because zero was not an option. The batter is fine, and the chicken seasoning was fine, but the sauce was absolutely one of the most disgusting things I've ever put into my mouth. Half a cup of honey? Seriously? I should have known better, but wanted to follow the recipe. I ended up throwing all the chicken away. Absolutely a total failure.
Well... this was amazing! I have been OBSESSED with PF Chang's/Pei Wei's Honey Seared Chicken for months, and this recipe comes pretty darn close to the real thing (if not better!). I don't remember how long I fried my chicken in the oil, but it was no more than just a few minutes on each side (shorter and shorter amounts of time per batch, as the oil got hotter and hotter). It was served with Target's microwaveable bag of teriyaki vegetables and brown rice. DUH. LISH. US. Getchur apron on and start fryin'!!! I'll definitely be making this again :-)