Are you craving the delicious flavors of P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice but don't want to leave the comfort of your home? Well, we've got you covered with this amazing 20-minute copycat recipe! Prepare to be blown away by the fragrant aroma, the perfect balance of flavors, and the mouthwatering combination of tender chicken, fluffy rice, and crisp vegetables. This homemade version is so close to the real deal you won't believe it. So, impress your family and friends with this fan-freaking fantastic P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice!
And if you love easy fried rice recipes, try my garlic fried rice and bacon egg fried rice. Both recipes only use four ingredients, and my steak fried rice only takes 20 minutes of cook time and uses leftover Filipino barbecue. Another copycat recipe on my site is P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, which you must also try!
These ingredients were carefully chosen to create the authentic flavors of P.F. Chang's chicken fried rice.
- Cooked white rice: Preferably one or two days old. The cooked white rice serves as the dish's base and provides a fluffy texture.
- Chicken breast: Juicy white meat chicken breast adds protein and a savory taste.
- Eggs: Bring savory flavor and added protein to the meal. It also adds color.
- Carrots and Peas: Bring a touch of sweetness and vibrant color to the rice.
- Green onions and Garlic: Deliver aromatic complexity to the dish.
- Soy sauce, Sesame oil, and Oyster sauce: Enhance the overall umami flavor and tie them into a satisfying and delicious meal.
See the recipe card for exact quantities to make this copycat recipe.
- Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and sauté the diced onion until translucent.
- Push the onion to one side of the skillet and add the minced garlic to the cleared space. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Push the onion and garlic to one side and pour the beaten eggs into the cleared space. Scramble the eggs until they are fully cooked.
- Add the diced chicken to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until heated.
- Add the peas and carrots to the skillet and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cooked rice to the cleared space and push the ingredients to one side. Break up any clumps with a spatula and stir-fry for a few minutes.
- Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the rice and stir-fry until evenly coated.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until everything is well combined and heated.
- Remove from heat and garnish with chopped green onions.
- Serve hot and enjoy your homemade PF Chang's Chicken Fried Rice!
Enjoy your homemade version of PF Chang's delicious chicken fried rice!
*Print the rice recipe below.
Here are some substitutions you can try for the copycat recipe of P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice:
- Rice: My favorite type of rice for making fried rice is long-grain jasmine rice. You can use brown rice or cauliflower rice instead of cooked white rice for a healthier option.
- Protein: If you prefer a different protein, you can substitute the chicken breast with shrimp, pork, beef, or tofu.
- Vegetables: Feel free to use any vegetables you like or have. For example, you can substitute carrots with bell peppers or add broccoli, bean sprouts, or snow peas for extra crunch.
- Soy Sauce: If you have a soy intolerance or allergy, you can substitute tamari or coconut aminos.
- Oyster Sauce: If you don't have oyster sauce or prefer a vegetarian option, you can use hoisin or mushroom sauce.
- Sesame Oil: If you don't have sesame oil, use any oil (olive oil or vegetable oil).
- Garlic: If you're not a fan of garlic, you can omit it or substitute it with minced ginger for a slightly different flavor profile.
- Green onions: You can substitute regular onions or chives if you don't have green onions.
Feel free to experiment and customize the recipe according to your taste and dietary preferences. Enjoy your homemade chicken fried rice!
Here are some variations you can try to customize your P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice copycat recipe:
- Spicy: Add heat to your fried rice by adding red chili pepper flakes, chili paste, or sliced red chili peppers while cooking. You can adjust the amount according to your spice preference.
- Vegetarian: Make a vegetarian version by omitting the chicken and adding extra vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, or baby corn. You can also add tofu for added protein.
- Shrimp Fried Rice: Swap the chicken breast with cooked shrimp to create tasty fried rice. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as shrimp cook much faster than chicken.
- Beef Fried Rice: Instead of chicken, use thinly sliced beef, such as flank steak or sirloin, to make a delicious beef fried rice. Marinate the beef in soy sauce and sesame oil before cooking for added flavor.
- Cauliflower Fried Rice: For a low-carb alternative, replace the cooked white rice with cauliflower rice. Simply pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor until they resemble rice grains, then cook them in the skillet with the other ingredients.
- Pineapple Fried Rice: Diced pineapple adds a tropical twist to fried rice. Its sweetness perfectly complements the savory flavors. For extra crunch and flavor, add cashews.
- Kimchi Fried Rice: Add it to your fried rice if you enjoy kimchi's tangy and spicy flavors. Chop the kimchi into small pieces and stir-fry it with the other ingredients. The kimchi will add a unique and delicious twist to the dish.
Remember, these variations are just suggestions, and you can always mix and match ingredients to create your own unique version of P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors and textures!
When making a copycat of P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice recipe, it's helpful to have the following equipment:
- Large Skillet or Wok: A large skillet or wok is essential for stir-frying the ingredients. It should have enough space to accommodate the rice, chicken, and vegetables.
- Cutting Board and Knife: You'll need a cutting board and a sharp knife to dice the chicken breast, chop the green onions, and mince the garlic.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: Accurate measurements are important for achieving the right flavors in your fried rice. Use measuring cups and spoons to portion out the ingredients.
- Spatula or Stirring Utensil: A spatula or another stirring utensil is necessary for flipping and stirring the ingredients in the skillet or wok. It helps to prevent sticking and ensures even cooking.
- Mixing Bowl: You'll need a mixing bowl to combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil before adding them to the rice. A medium-sized bowl should be sufficient.
- Small Bowl or Ramekin: Prepare a small bowl or ramekin to beat the eggs before adding them to the skillet. This ensures that they are well mixed and ready for scrambling.
- Plate or Serving Dish: Prepare a plate or serving dish to transfer the finished fried rice onto when ready to serve.
- Optional: If desired, you can use a rice cooker to cook the white rice beforehand, ensuring it's fluffy and separated.
These are the key pieces of equipment you'll need to make the copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice recipe. Adjustments can be made based on the tools available in your kitchen.
Storage and Reheating
To store the leftovers of your P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice copycat recipe, follow these steps:
- Allow the chicken fried rice to cool down to room temperature. This will prevent condensation and ensure the dish stays fresh.
- Transfer the rice to an airtight container. Make sure the container is clean and free of any moisture.
- Seal the container tightly to prevent air from entering. This will help maintain the quality and freshness of the leftovers.
- Label the container with the date using a marker or label.
- Place the container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
When reheating the chicken fried rice leftovers, use the microwave or stovetop.
- Microwave: Transfer the desired portion of rice to a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a damp paper towel. Heat on medium power, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
- Stovetop: Heat a small amount of oil or butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the leftover chicken fried rice and cook, stirring frequently, until heated.
Please note that reheating the rice multiple times may affect its texture, so it's best only to reheat the amount you plan to consume. And check out my blog for what to do with leftover rice.
Enjoy your tasty leftovers!
These are some frequently asked questions related to the P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice copycat recipe. Feel free to experiment and modify the recipe to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Enjoy cooking!
Absolutely! While the recipe calls for cooked white rice, you can easily substitute it with brown rice. Brown rice adds a nutty flavor and extra nutritional value to the dish. Just make sure the brown rice is cooked and cooled before using it in the recipe.
Definitely! If you're a seafood lover or prefer shrimp over chicken, you can substitute the chicken breast with cooked shrimp. Make sure the shrimp is peeled, deveined, and cooked before adding it to the skillet. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as shrimp cooks much faster than chicken.
Absolutely! You can easily make a vegetarian version of P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice by omitting the chicken and adding extra vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, or baby corn. You can also add tofu for added protein. Just follow the recipe as instructed, skipping the step that involves cooking the chicken and proceeding with stir-frying the vegetables and rice.
Certainly! To make this recipe gluten-free, you will need to make a few simple swaps. Instead of regular soy sauce, use gluten-free soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos. These alternatives provide the same savory flavor without the gluten. Also, make sure the oyster sauce is gluten-free, or substitute it with a gluten-free hoisin or mushroom sauce.
Absolutely! Feel free to customize the vegetables in this recipe based on your preferences and what you have on hand. While the recipe calls for peas and carrots, you can add or substitute with other vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, snow peas, or corn. Get creative and add the veggies you love!
Definitely! Add some heat to your fried rice if you enjoy a spicy kick. Try adding chili pepper flakes or sliced chili peppers while cooking. Adjust the amount according to your spice preference. This will give your dish a flavorful and fiery twist.
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📖 Recipe Card
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 medium eggs beaten
- 2 boneless chicken breasts cooked and diced
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots thawed
- 2 cups cooked white rice preferable day-old
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce regular or low sodium
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 green onions chopped (for garnish)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the diced onion until translucent.2 tablespoon olive oil, ½ cup onion
- Push the onion to one side of the skillet and add the minced garlic to the cleared space. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.2 cloves garlic
- Push the onion and garlic to one side and pour the beaten eggs into the cleared space. Scramble the eggs until they are fully cooked.2 medium eggs
- Add the diced chicken to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until heated.2 boneless chicken breasts
- Add the peas and carrots to the skillet and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.1 cup frozen peas and carrots
- Add the cooked rice to the cleared space and push the ingredients to one side. Break up any clumps with a spatula and stir-fry for a few minutes.2 cups cooked white rice
- Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the rice and stir-fry until evenly coated.3 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until everything is well combined and heated.salt and pepper
- Remove from heat and garnish with chopped green onions.2 green onions
- Serve hot and enjoy your homemade P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice!