Real Foods: P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps Dupe

With this series, I debunk, review, and actually try to make those pretty Pinterest recipes that claim to be simple, easy, fast, and budget friendly. As someone who is clueless when it comes to food, really cheap, and really impatient, this should be a fun series for me. It will definitely push me out of my comfort zone, but hopefully it will be valuable to you!

When I get bored (and hangry) at work, I scan Pinterest for that new recipe - the one that I can whip up in a minute, that tastes gourmet and like fast food at the same time. I find myself pinning recipes that seem fast and easy, but in reality, take 2-3 times longer and usually make a mess. I'm here to try these recipes for you, so you know really which recipes are fast, simple in ingredients, and easy to prepare.

 Tap the photo for the original recipe from Damn Delicious

Tap the photo for the original recipe from Damn Delicious

Damn Delicious did it again. Honestly, I don't select my recipes off anything but the Pinterest photos. I don't look through the recipe until it's time to go to the grocery store, and by that point, I'm committed to it. And it usually isn't until it is time to write the review that I look at who the recipe is from. Once again, this is a Damn Delicious recipe. 

I've been really craving Asian food in the last two weeks. But, since we are on such a tight budget, and eating out is so expensive, I have been looking for cheap and quick options I can make at home when I am in the mood. 

The worst part is that we live about two blocks away from our favorite Chinese restaurant. So dangerous.

Although P.F. Chang's is not necessarily "authentic," I thought this would be a good recipe to try and satisfy my recent cravings. Plus, they include lettuce... so it's healthy right?? At least healthier than most of my dinners =D

This recipe does use a lot of sauces, so it might seem daunting when you have go to the store with your list. However, most of these sauces last an incredibly long time, and if you are anything like me, you can throw them in any stir fry! Plus, they are the base of tons of recipes.

This was quite possibly the easiest recipe that I have reviewed on the blog! And it really was quick! But my favorite part was how little dishes it produced. It only took one pan! It did help that Sean and I ate it "family style" and right out of one bowl.

We both did feel like it needed peanuts, and I highly recommend adding them if you can. I think it would add a nice crunch. And, as usual, this took me longer than the documented time in Dam Delicious' recipe. I think that those estimated times are for those people that know EXACTLY what they are doing. Like I'm sure that I will be faster in the future, and if I had all of the ingredients pre-measured and in the correct order on my counter. But for normal people, it will probably take a bit longer, but still right around the 25-30 minute range.

Although I cannot comment on how close it is to the original P.F. Chang's recipe, this is a delicious dinner!! I bought enough chicken so that I could brown bag some for lunch this week, but we devoured the whole thing!

Definitely something I would recommend, especially because once you have the sauces, you only need to purchase the ground chicken, lettuce, green onions, and ginger - totally budget friendly.

This is really for you. I am perfectly happy eating the same two things for dinner every night. So let me know If you have any recipes that you would like me to try, or if you don't agree with me! 

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Don't forget to check out my other Real Foods recipe attempts and fails