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?
asked byRacerRex9727 (466)
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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.
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.
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).