If you’ve had PF Chang’s Fried Rice, you’re probably a huge fan of the stuff.
It’s a treasure to behold though if your budget is sparse and you can’t really afford to eat out, there’s a better way…
You can make it yourself! Make a huge batch to eat as a meal, or make it as the side to other copycat creations with an Asian flavor you’ll love.
Imagine creating your own spread with sweet and sour chicken, lettuce wraps, egg rolls, or even a big bowl of hot and sour soup.
All these things would be wonderful with your copycat PF Chang’s Fried Rice!
How to Make PF Chang’s Fried Rice
Believe it or not, PF Chang’s fried rice is one of the easiest things you can make. It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!
The ingredients are easy too, stuff you’ve likely already got in your fridge and pantry.
Fried rice eats like a meal but can also be a side dish. It’s up to you how you’ll serve it.
So whether you want to enjoy it with other Chinese dishes or you want to pour it all in a big bowl to eat all to yourself, here’s how you can make it!
- 1 cup jasmine rice
- 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 3 tsp sesame oil,
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup carrots
- 1/3 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion
- 1/3 cup fresh bean sprouts
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp molasses
You’ve seen the list for PF Chang’s fried rice recipe copycat.
Now let’s put those ingredients into action!
You can enjoy this wonderful fried rice in so many ways, as a main dish or as a side dish, for lunch or for dinner, or even for a late night snack.
Here’s how to make it!
Bring the chicken broth to a boil in your saucepan.
Add the rice and let it simmer for 15 minutes. The liquid should be absorbed into the rice.
While that boils, mix the soy sauce with the garlic, ginger, mustard, and molasses, then set this aside.
When the rice is cooked through and the liquid is absorbed, remove it from the heat.
You’ll then get your stir fry pan ready by heating the sesame oil in it (just 1 tsp, reserve the rest).
Once the oil is hot, scramble your eggs into the pan.
When the eggs are done, add another teaspoon of the sesame oil and stir fry the carrots, green onion, peas, and bean sprouts for 3 to 4 minutes.
Now you’ll add the rest of the sesame oil along with the rice and stir fry this for 3 to 4 minutes, moving it around the pan so it is completely spread out to cook evenly.
Finally, add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Garnish with some more chopped green onions, then serve it while it’s hot!
While this copycat for PF Chang’s Fried Rice is super simple and delicious, you may want to shake things up to make it your own creation.
Fried rice is so versatile anyway, and PF Chang’s makes it easy with this tasty base!
What can you do to make it your own or if you’re out of something? These suggestions will help!
If you’re hoping to make a meal out of this fried rice, we say add your favorite protein.
Sure, those eggs add protein too, but you can make this more robust as a main dish by adding shrimp, beef, chicken, pork, or tofu.
Just note that these items should be cooked first before adding them into the dish.
You can then stir fry them in toward the end of the cooking time.
Swap in Tamari
If you are gluten-free, soy sauce is off the menu.
However, tamari works the same way and is completely gluten-free. You can simply swap it evenly in this recipe and keep the same great flavors.
Use Honey or Maple Syrup
Some people don’t have molasses and aren’t sure about buying it. Hey, that’s fine because you can use honey or maple syrup in the same way.
If you are vegan, go with the maple syrup (and you’ll need to omit the eggs from the recipe while you’re at it too, or use a vegan egg substitute).
Go Nuts with Veggies
ried rice is such a versatile dish that you can really add any veggies you like. It’s a great way to use up things before they go bad.
So if you don’t have any of the veggies on this list, no problem! Just swap them for what you do have!
What to Serve with PF Chang’s Fried Rice
You can absolutely eat a big bowl of this copycat PF Chang’s fried rice as a meal for lunch or dinner.
But if you want to serve friends or family a whole meal, what can you pair with it?
Oh there are so many things, but here are a few quick suggestions…
Sweet and Sour Chicken
You can make sweet and sour chicken and let everyone pile it on top of this fried rice. The sweet flavors are a match thanks to the molasses that gives it just a touch of sweetness.
A nice bowl of wonton soup is always great with fried rice. Would you like something spicier? Then go for hot and sour soup!
Hey, if you’re already making PF Chang’s, why not recreate those lettuce wraps too? They’re easy enough and you’ll be sure to eat enough veggies when you serve it with this fried rice.
How to Store PF Chang’s Fried Rice
For meal prep, you can’t do any better than this fried rice. If you have a lot left, portion it out into your fridge.
It keeps for about 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. But if there’s too much, put it in your freezer, and you can get the most out of it for about 1 to 2 months.
How to Reheat PF Chang’s Fried Rice
There are 2 ways to reheat your PF Chang’s fried rice…
The first is simply by microwaving it, though this is ideal if it’s just for yourself. It will only take about 2 minutes until it’s ready.
If you’re reheating a larger portion, we suggest using a hot skillet.
Just re-fry the rice for 5 minutes and it will be hot and ready, tasting just like it did when you first made it.
PF Chang’s Fried Rice Recipe
- 1 Stir fry pan
- 1 Nonstick skillet
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 Chef's knife
- 1 cup Jasmine rice
- 1 3/4 cup Chicken broth
- 3 tsp Sesame oil
- 2 whole Eggs
- 1/3 cup Carrots
- 1/3 cup Frozen peas
- 1/4 cup Sliced green onion
- 1/3 cup Fresh bean sprouts
- 3 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp Ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp Minced ginger
- 1 tsp Minced garlic
- 2 tsp Molasses
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil in your saucepan. Add the rice and let it simmer for15 minutes. The liquid should be absorbed into the rice.
- While that boils, mix the soy saucewith the garlic, ginger, mustard, and molasses, then set this aside.
- When the rice is cooked through and the liquid is absorbed, remove it from the heat. You’ll then get your stir fry pan ready by heating the sesame oil in it (just 1 tsp, reserve the rest).Once the oil is hot, scramble your eggs into the pan.
- When the eggs are done, add another teaspoon of the sesame oil and stir fry the carrots, green onion, peas, and bean sprouts for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Now you’ll add the rest of the sesame oil along with the rice and stir fry this for 3 to 4 minutes, moving it around the pan so it is completely spread out to cook evenly.
- Finally, add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes.
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