P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.'s 40-plus restaurant chain, operating in 19 states, owes much of its success to founder Paul Fleming's unique idea of pairing oriental cuisine with American-style service. At the outset, when he opened the first of the restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fleming broke with the traditional Chinese restaurant format. With his collaborator, chef Philip Chiang, he devised a comparatively limited menu that featured far fewer dishes than the menus of typical, full-service, Chinese restaurants. Incorporating an American steak house dining style and a formidable selection of wines and cheeses, P.F. Chang's offers such additional oriental restaurant anomalies as espresso and cappuccino. Although P.F. Chang's China Bistros are stylish in decor, displaying motifs from the Ming and T'ang Dynasties and hand-painted murals, the dishes are moderately priced, partly because one of Fleming's aims was to provide high quality but affordable Chinese food for "the masses."




Chicken Pad Thai

P.F. Chang's China Bistro Copycat Recipe

1/2 cup low-fat coconut milk
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons light soy sauce
4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Chicken Stir Fry:
1/2 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 -2 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
1 lb chicken breast , cut up into bite size pieces
6 -8 ounces frozen sugar snap peas
1 medium onion , chopped
2 garlic cloves , minced
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts , chopped (lightly salted)
1/2 lb cooked noodles or 1/2 lb cooked pasta

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl; set aside. Cook noodles or pasta; drain and set aside.
In a skillet over medium heat, cook chicken and onions in canola and sesame oil. Halfway through cooking, add garlic to pan.  When chicken is done, add sugar peas; stir to heat for 1-2 minutes. Add sauce mixture and stir to coat chicken. Little by little add cooked noodles or pasta; stir to coat.
Serve garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro.


  1. Hmm. I recently ordered it and was picking through and saw no peas, and saw that it had scrambled egg, carrot sticks, scallions, fresh basil and fresh cilantro in addition to what is listed here. I order without the smoked tofu.