Whole30 Chang’s Spicy Chicken

This Whole30 Chang’s Spicy Chicken will become one of your favorite weeknight meals in no time. 

whole30 chang’s spicy chicken

Growing up, my family were very loyal PF Chang’s customers. We loved going for the family-style dinners and getting an assortment of our favorite things on the menu: Mongolian beef, lettuce cups, string beans, and my personal favorite… the Chang’s Spicy Chicken. So it was a must to recreate my go-to dish into this Whole30 Chang’s Spicy Chicken.

whole30 chang’s spicy chicken

The Chang’s Spicy Chicken is spicy, tangy, and a little sweet– but absolutely delicious! Since I can remember, I’ve always loved spicy food and this was one of my favorite spicy dishes to feast on! You guys know how much I love to recreate my childhood favorites, so it was a no-brainer for me to recreate the Chang’s Spicy Chicken in my own kitchen. I’ve adapted it to be Whole30, and it turned out quite lovely! I will say that it was hard to get it as sweet as I’d like to, but that is just life on the Whole30. However, for a whole30 rendition, it’s as close as it gets and regardless– freaking delicious!

whole30 chang’s spicy chicken

If you’re a spicy food lover like me, try this simple and delicious chicken stir fry! It goes well with cauliflower rice and some sauteed green beans, snap peas, or steamed broccoli! No need to call in take-out, you can make Whole30 Chang’s Spicy Chicken right at home!


Like this recipe? Here are more P.F. Chang’s-inspired recipes you might love: Whole30 Mongolian Beef Stir Fry, Thai Red Curry Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, Whole30 Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Whole30 Chang's Spicy Chicken

whole30 chang’s spicy chicken
Serves: 4 people
5 from 10 votes


For the Chicken Stir Fry:

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper (Black pepper is fine too)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (Save about 2 tbsp for garnish)

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (Add more, to taste, depending on your heat preference)
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes (Add more, to taste, depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice (From a can of pineapple chunks)
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp arrowroot


  • Place chicken on a cutting board and cover with saran wrap. Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a skillet, pound until chicken it is an even 1/4-in thick. Discard the plastic wrap, then cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  • Place the cubed chicken in a large bowl and add 2 tbsp of the avocado oil, the salt, pepper and arrowroot. Toss until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the coconut aminos, fish sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, ketchup, cayenne, chili flakes, toasted sesame oil, pineapple juice and arrowroot. Whisk until well combined and the arrowroot has dissolved in the mixture. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add your remaining 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Once heated, add your chicken in a single layer (You'll likely need to do this in 2 batches) and cook until a brown crust forms on both sides and the chicken is cooked through; about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean plate and set aside until all of your chicken is cooked through.
  • Once all chicken is browned, add it back into the hot skillet. Whisk the sauce once more to ensure it's well combined, and pour into the skillet with the chicken. Add about 3/4 of the green onions (reserve the rest for garnish) and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens and chicken is well-coated in the sauce, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve as desired and top with remaining green onions. enjoy!

Photography by Eat Love Eats.


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    November 17, 2022 at 3:59 am

    5 stars
    This is my partner and my favorite recipe of all time. The flavors are insane and the sauce is incredible. Literally a perfect dish 🥰

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      November 17, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      So glad this is a hit for you and your partner! Thank you for commenting!

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    November 7, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    looks delicious! could you sub orange juice for pineapple juice?

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      November 11, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      Yes, that should be fine! it will change the flavor a bit, so just keep that in mind!

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    October 20, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    5 stars
    Such a delicious and easy recipe. We make it at least every other week. Everyone loves it.

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    October 16, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    5 stars
    On repeat in our household – love this recipe!

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      October 18, 2022 at 1:10 am

      Yay!! so glad!

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    September 10, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Can I buy the thin sliced chicken breasts instead of having to pound the big breasts down?

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      September 12, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Yes!! If you get chicken tenders, you can just cut them down into bite-sized pieces.

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    September 8, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    I just made this for dinner and it was delicious! Even my 18 month old (I reduced the spice) ate it and he usually refuses chicken. Printing to put in my comfortable kitchen cookbook to make again!

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    January 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    5 stars
    All I can say is wow… and I want this sauce on everything.

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    September 8, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Looks like I forgot to grab rice vinegar while at the store – any substitutes for this, or am I running back out to the store? 🙂 Excited to give this recipe a try, looks so delicious!

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    July 16, 2021 at 4:42 am

    This recipe looks delish and I’d like to make it for my husband’s birthday. He loves Chang’s Spicy Chicken. Can this be made without sesame oil? We have a kiddo with a sesame allergy.

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      July 19, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      yes you can omit!

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    Abby Jones
    July 13, 2021 at 2:19 am

    5 stars
    One of my top favorite DD asian dishes! Soo flavorful.

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    June 2, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I’ve made this twice and both times my sauce turns out slimy and gooey. What could I be doing wrong??

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    May 16, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    5 stars
    This is a winner! We love the heat and are always glad to have a clean version of our favorite foods.

    This is on regular rotation in my house!

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    Meghan Wilkosz
    May 5, 2021 at 2:32 am

    5 stars
    Such an amazing recipe! Much healthier and flavorful alternative to Chinese takeout. Alex never disappoints!!

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    February 20, 2021 at 1:18 am

    5 stars
    Yum!!! I’ve made this a few times now and it’s always so delicious. This time I chopped up and added pineapple into the dish. I think this recipe may even beat Chinese takeout. Thanks 😊

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    Suzanne Burton
    January 19, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Do you have the nutrition info for your recipes?

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      January 19, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      I do not but someone else may have calculated for this recipe!

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    January 13, 2021 at 12:53 am

    5 stars
    I feel like I have only survived three rounds of W30 thanks to your recipes. This was no exception! We halved the amount of meat so we had double sauce and added pineapple chunks and bell peppers as well and served on top of cauliflower rice. Not too spicy for those worried about heat.

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    November 30, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    5 stars
    First of all.. I have to thank you for all you do! I’m a newlywed who has never cooked a day in her life and you have taught me everything!!! My husband thinks I’m a pro because all of your recipes are SO delicious. Our three favorites are of course this Changs Spicy Chicken, the Tikka Masala, and the Texas-Style Brisket tacos (they taste JUST like mias!!). This might be a very dumb question but being brand new to cooking, I thought I’d try and ask.. Do you think there is a way I can use the instant pot for the Changs Spicy Chicken? I wasnt sure if I could do it similar to how you do the Tikka Masala? Thank you so much again!

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      November 30, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      I would have to test that method– usually for stir frys I like to keep it on the skillet and doing this in the IP I would have to change the cook method for sure.

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        February 9, 2022 at 2:49 am

        I make this all the time and we love it! Tonight I made it with salmon instead (I didn’t have any chicken) and it might be even more delicious!!!

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