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P.F. Chang's Frozen Meal Review: Mongolian Style Chicken

Updated on June 30, 2013

Is That Chicken?

P.F. Chang's Home Menu Meals For Two Mongolian Style Chicken
P.F. Chang's Home Menu Meals For Two Mongolian Style Chicken | Source

Chicken?

Bag of P.F. Chang's Mongolian style chicken
Bag of P.F. Chang's Mongolian style chicken | Source

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?

Where's the chicken?  It can't be that white stuff... can it?
Where's the chicken? It can't be that white stuff... can it? | Source

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.

Preparation

Cooking (or should I say heating up) P.F. Chang's home menu meals for two Mongolian style chicken
Cooking (or should I say heating up) P.F. Chang's home menu meals for two Mongolian style chicken | Source

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?

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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?

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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.

Nutrition? Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 Bag
Calories 350
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Carbohydrates 43 g14%
Sugar 23 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 30 mg10%
Sodium 960 mg40%
* 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.

Final Thoughts

Egg rolls not included with P.F. Chang's Mongolian style chicken
Egg rolls not included with P.F. Chang's Mongolian style chicken | Source

Dissappointed

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.

My Rating for this product

1 star for P.F. Chang's frozen Mongolian style chicken

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      Austin Enfroy 18 months ago from United States

      Thank you for the comment Tracey! I wonder how they are able to remain profitable with their horrible frozen meals! On a totally unrelated note, I didn't ever notice this before, but when I saw that you posted a comment and I went to the screen where you can approve or deny it also gave me your ip address, which concerns me that i can see your ip address i easily googled it and saw that it comes from a town in Florida am I right? I wonder if anyone else ever noticed this and if there's a way to remain more anonymous when posting comments?

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      Tracey Exantus 23 months ago

      I decided to try to prepare the mongolian beef for my husband tonight. I was super excited to surprise him. It seemed simple enough. serves 2....even better!! NOT!!! The bag contained plenty of veggies but had 4 pieces of beef!! 4!!! Not even enough for a childs portion. For $9 at public I got 4 pieces of beef! OK so lack of meat lets get down to the taste. NO! Just simply NO. Zero flavor, i tried to add some spices to give it something, anything! I ended up having to throw it out. I would have been better of driving to the PF Changes 36 miles from my house. I'm so annoyed. I really expected more from PF Changs since its his fav restaurant, yet this is the disappointment I got. So much for a nice dinner looks like I'm going to have to order in today since this pathetic meal isn't enough for my one year old to feel full off of. 2 thumbs down!!!

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