P.F. Chang's Frozen Meal Review: Mongolian Style Chicken
Is That Chicken?
So if you're like me you try to save a little money on your weekly food consumption needs. This for me involves eating out less and cooking more at home. But, I wish I could get good restaurant quality food made at home. Well say no more because P.F. Chang's is here to the rescue! With delicious Mongolian style chicken(?) you won't even know the difference. Seriously P.F. Chang? You expect me to believe that your frozen food is - wait let me look at the side of the bag - divine?
Okay, so let's go through this together from preparation difficulty to the final product with my review of P.F. Chang's Mongolian style chicken.
Is That Chicken?
The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag of P.F. Chang's Home Menu Meals for 2 frozen Mongolian Style Chicken is where's the chicken? Take a look at the photo below. Go ahead take a close look does that look like chicken to you?
So I got to looking at the ingredients and I was right! It's not chicken at all! They call it velvetized chicken which is chicken breast meat, water, egg white powder, salt, sodium phosphate, and corn starch. I guess it would have had been too expensive to feed us just chicken without all of the fillers.
Probably the best thing about these kind of dinners is that they are very easy to make. First thing you do is dump out all the food(?) into a skillet, cover and heat up over medium to high heat for a few minutes. After the sauce blocks melt, uncover the food and continue cooking until the food is all the way warmed up. This took me about 15 to 20 minutes total, but times may vary depending on what temperature setting you use.
Cooking... or should I say melting and warming up?Click thumbnail to view full-size
I'm going to eat that?
The sauce comes in frozen brown blocks, yummy! So once they melt, you've got your sauce. Basically, once everything is warmed up it's done. It says to keep heating it until the sauce thickens and becomes a glaze. You don't have to worry about the velvet chicken not being done because it's mostly corn anyway.
How's It Taste?
Looks Can Be Deceiving
I'll admit it, visually this doesn't look so bad. About the same as my favorite local Chinese food take out restaurant. But the proof is in the pudding, so how does it taste? Well let's skip the chicken for now and focus on the other stuff. First off, it's pretty salty which explains the massive amounts of sodium in this. The sauce blocks that melted are actually pretty good. The sauce gives everything else it's flavor though. You can hardly taste the vegetables, which all turned out pretty good too. The consistency of the meal is mushy, everything except the string beans is soft and squishy. Okay now let's get to that chicken. Well, it doesn't taste at all like chicken, but I wasn't surprised after reading the ingredients list. The only thing that gives it flavor is the sauce, but the chicken pieces on their own remind me more of small weird shaped dumplings which makes sense seeing as how it is mainly egg white powder and corn starch.
|Serving size: 1/2 Bag|
|Calories from Fat||81|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 9 g||14%|
|Carbohydrates 43 g||14%|
|Sugar 23 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 17 g||34%|
|Cholesterol 30 mg||10%|
|Sodium 960 mg||40%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Ready For Your Blood Pressure to Go Up?
Wow! 960 milligrams of sodium per serving! If someone were to eat the whole bag that means they would get 1920 milligrams of sodium. Thank you P.F. Chang for my high blood pressure after not even eating all of it, but now I'm glad I didn't because I could have had a heart attack. The CDC recommends most Americans not even get 1500 milligrams of sodium daily due to increased risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks.
I paired my meal with some egg rolls of another brand which actually turned out to be the best part of my meal. I am disappointed in this product and would not recommend it to family or friends or anyone else. Make sure to skip the P.F. Chang's frozen meals for two and save your money. For about the same amount you can buy better food or get take out that tastes better.