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Paleo at Pei Wei?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 07, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Hi all,

I have been Paleo for four weeks and I want to stay that way without compromise. I used to go to Pei Wei and get gluten free stuff (I'm celiac) but I know now that's not good enough as the chicken is breaded in rice flour and there is probably soy as well.

I need a place to go to on occasion with coworkers for lunch where I actually eat instead of getting just coffee. I figured maybe I can get a gluten free pei wei spicy chicken salad minus the chicken (because its breaded with rice flour) and the rice sticks. Is there anything else on the menu I can get that is paleo-friendly?

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on January 31, 2014
at 04:50 PM

Stay away from the sauces. You can always get light sauce if you must have it. (Light sauce doesn't mean lite sauce as in diet. Yes I've had plenty of customers get frustrated with me about it.) get Broccoli beef no sauce, stock velvet extra veg. No oil all veggies steamed and with brown rice.

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on November 19, 2013
at 02:48 AM

hahaha .

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on November 18, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Harsh? Probably, but the idea of asking a chef to steam chicken for you… *cries*

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on November 18, 2013
at 07:43 PM

that's a bit harsh. I've definitely eaten before and/or after a lunch with people at work. Then I just grab something small when I am out. No one even notices.

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on November 18, 2013
at 07:42 PM

why didn't you just grab the nutrition menu they have at the counter?

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on November 18, 2013
at 12:43 PM

And you would utterly fail at living a normal life… Paleo need not make you a social pariah.

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:43 PM

@Julia Thanks Julia! @Eric Maybe but I'd prefer to avoid it. Rice never does me any good in any form. I've been gluten free for 4 years and yet I struggled with a weight loss plateau because of rice flour and other GF starches.

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Yeah I had no idea about the "stock velveted" option either. Thanks!

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on August 07, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Rice flour isn't too bad - Its even good if you follow the perfect health diet folks.

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Great answer with the stock velveted, never knew about that.

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Congrats for your first month :D

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Nothing at Pei Wei is going to be "hard core Paleo". But it does have some nice options. The salads are a good option, and you can ask for chicken that's not breaded.

I will also get the Chicken Lettuce Wraps and ask for the sauce on the side. The sauce has a ton of sugar in it (but it's just so good!) so I make the lettuce wraps with the chicken and veggie stir fry and then add just a bit of the sauce.

Also, always ask for your food to be cooked "stock velveted" which means it's cooked in either water/steam/veg stock. They use vegetable oil on all of their pan-fried foods.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Great answer with the stock velveted, never knew about that.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Yeah I had no idea about the "stock velveted" option either. Thanks!

F5b1da354de227525826c7e7f6ca3037

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on January 31, 2014
at 04:50 PM

Stay away from the sauces. You can always get light sauce if you must have it. (Light sauce doesn't mean lite sauce as in diet. Yes I've had plenty of customers get frustrated with me about it.) get Broccoli beef no sauce, stock velvet extra veg. No oil all veggies steamed and with brown rice.

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on January 31, 2014
at 04:46 PM

It is not breaded in rice flour, but potato starch instead. Stock velvet always a good choice, you can also get stock velvet beef. And vegetable oil is not used but canola instead which probably doesn't help. Get everything no sauce with brown rice and you are set with paleo. You can also sub any veggies you want and add for a low price. Believe me pei Wei can be very paleo friendly, I know because I work there as an assistant kitchen manager.

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on November 18, 2013
at 04:31 AM

You could ask your server if they could cook the chicken without sauces, or simply steam the chicken, that way you reduce the risk of eating all that sauce and sugar. You could also snack on edamame that way you're eating something with your co-workers and then just simply eat something more when you get back to the office (AKA: Bring something with you).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 18, 2013
at 12:43 PM

And you would utterly fail at living a normal life… Paleo need not make you a social pariah.

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on November 18, 2013
at 12:58 AM

I was in a pinch at Pei Wei (not my choice) and ordered the spicy chicken salad, hoping it would be the most paleoesque, however when I got home to enter my calories, I saw it had 85 GRAMS OF SUGAR. Ugh.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 18, 2013
at 07:42 PM

why didn't you just grab the nutrition menu they have at the counter?

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