P.F. Chang’s Spicy Chicken (Copycat)

P.F. Chang’s Spicy Chicken is the perfect copycat dinner. It’s tangy, spicy, and slightly sweet with pineapple juice, chili sauce, green onions, and vinegar.

There’s nothing like finding Copycat Recipes for your favorite takeout dishes, and this Spicy Chicken dish fits the bill perfectly! For the full P.F. Chang’s experience, make other copycat recipes as sides like P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps and P.F. Chang’s Garlic Noodles.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken in skillet


This simple, spicy chicken recipe is sure to become a go-to in your house for weeknight dinners. It’s easy to toss together and takes under 30 minutes to make. Make some stir-fried veggies and Chinese Steamed Rice to go on the side, and you’ll have a dish worthy of any Chinese Restaurant from the comfort of your own table.

When it comes to this simple chicken recipe, the sauce truly makes the dish. There’s nothing like its lightly spicy taste with sweet and tangy undertones from the pineapple juice. In fact, you may want to whip up some extra sauce just to drizzle over your rice and other sides. Trust me; you’ll want it on everything.

Since the sauce is thickened with cornstarch, instead of flour, this chicken recipe is also amazingly gluten-free. So, it should be an excellent fit to serve a variety of diets.

This recipe for Spicy Chicken Breasts isn’t too spicy, but you can always adjust the level of spice depending on your taste. If you prefer a more mild spicy chicken, decrease the amount of chili sauce in the ingredients. On the other hand, if you can’t get enough spice, you can always take it up a couple of notches, and add in some red pepper flakes. Or to make sure the dish is enjoyable to everyone, you can prepare the chicken breast to be fairly mild on the spice, but have extra chili sauce on the side for anyone who wants to set their mouth on fire.



It’s the perfect recipe for the next time your craving Chinese food and in a hurry! You can skip the restaurant and still get classic Chinese cuisine. Throwing this recipe together might be even easier than ordering Chinese food!

All you have to do is prepare the spicy sauce in a saucepan. Once you’ve finished that, heat oil in a wok or large pan and cook the chicken on high heat in the oil, cook the chicken to golden brown perfection then toss it in the sauce before serving. The sautéed chicken comes out tender, juicy, and slightly crispy on the outside every time.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken piece held with chopsticks over skillet


  • Meat: If you love the sauce as much as we do, you’ll want to be using it on as many recipes as possible. Try it on other meats besides chicken breast. You can prepare spicy pork or beef with the same sauce recipe. You could also use this recipe to make bone-in chicken thighs. Keep in mind that the different types and cuts of meat will have different cooking times. You can find safe cooking temperatures for any meat on the USDA’s Website.
  • Sweet and spicy: To pump up the sweetness in your Spicy Chicken dinner, try adding in some brown sugar  to the sauce. The brown sugar will give a deeper, warmer flavor to the sauce. You can adjust the amount in your ingredients depending on your taste.
  • Flavor add-ins: There are plenty of other seasonings you can put in this chicken dish. Try experimenting with pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne pepper, thyme paprika, or garlic powder. You could even make a sweet and spicy spice mix as a dry rub for the chicken cutlets before cooking it. 


  • Turn the instant pot to saute mode and add oil to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the instant pot and brown them on each side. You’ll need to brown the chicken breasts in batches.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the seasoning and sauce ingredients.
  • Cut the chicken breasts and toss them in the sauce recipe. Until well coated.
  • Cook the boneless chicken in the instant pot on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Let the pot sit for 10 minutes then remove the valve and open.
  • Add extra sauce, garlic powder, or other seasonings to the chicken recipe to taste and enjoy your restaurant-style, one-pot dinner.



  • Serve: After you’ve cooked PF Chang Spicy Chicken, you shouldn’t leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: To store leftover Spiced Chicken, let it cool to room temperature, then seal it in an airtight container. The cooked chicken breasts will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: This is also a great recipe to freeze. Kept in an airtight container PF Chang Chicken will keep well in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you want to have this dish prepped in advance, prepare the sauce ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container in the freezer. That was the next time you want to make Spicy Chicken Breasts. All you have to do is defrost your chicken and sauce, reheat the sauce, and cook the chicken.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken in skillet

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P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken

P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken is the perfect copycat dinner. It's tangy, spicy, and slightly sweet with pineapple juice, chili sauce, green onions, and vinegar.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 329 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts , boneless skinless (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • vegetable oil , for frying

Spicy Chicken Sauce

  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup green onions , thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce , Chinese variety (Panda Express is a good option)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Cut the chicken into matchstick sized pieces and toss with cornstarch.

  2. Heat 1 inch of oil in large skillet on high heat and fry the chicken in batches until cooked (you are not looking to brown them, just cook them until crisp), about 3-4 minutes.

  3. Remove chicken to a plate and drain oil, leaving 1 tablespoon or so behind to make sauce.

  4. Add garlic and half the green onions to a large skillet or wok, cooking for 30 seconds until fragrant.

  5. Whisk in the pineapple juice, sweet chili sauce, white vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes.

  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.

  7. Add in the chicken and stir to combine, cooking 2 minutes until sauce is thickened. If sauce is still thin add 1 teaspoon cornstarch to 1 tablespoon water and add it to the skillet, stir and cook until thickened.

  8. Stir in remaining green onions and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
P.F. Chang's Spicy Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 56IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

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  1. Made it for dinner tonight, was delicious and so easy. Next time I’m going to include some pineapple bits for something different ? thanks!

  2. Followed the recipe exactly, and the end result is almost completely tasteless. The cooking method for the chicken is good, but the sauce is utterly flavorless. Not in any way reminiscent of PF Chang’s. Wouldn’t recommend wasting the time.

  3. Hello, you mentioned there is soy sauce and sugar in this recipe however I don’t see that in the ingredient list. Could you please confirm? Thank you so much.

    1. So sorry about that. I had it tested a few different ways and didn’t do an edit before posting. I’ve corrected it to read correctly now. Thanks!

  4. Your PF Changs’s Spicy Chicken sounds delicious! In your comments you say brown sugar can be used instead of white, but I do not see white sugar listed in the recipe.

    You also mention soy sauce, but that is not listed either. Are these items used and if so how much of each is used?

    1. I’ve edited to read correctly. I did a few tests of this recipe and ultimately decided it didn’t need the sugar or the soy sauce. You can add it if you’re looking for a sweeter version. Sorry it wasn’t edited before posting. Thanks for your understanding.

  5. Nice, nice, nice. Good to see you back to work and figuring out “ALL” (yes, all) of the wonderful P.F. Chang’s delights. All of the “Home-Cooks” on the web are desperate to see someone finally break-through and figure out how to make these meals at home. No one is capable, other than the Pro’s at DTD.

    No, seriously, I was online looking for something else (because I’m trying to copycat Costco’s chinese soup), and I found multiple sites where people were saying how PFC previews a dish and makes it disappear forever shortly thereafter. Lot of people complain about it, looks like. So, they have nowhere to turn to figure it out; also, multiple comments on your site was even asking for how to do this-or-that PFC recipe. And, just by luck, I happened on that recipe, as I was searching for copycat ramen recipes. So, thought I’d send you what I found. Hope it helped.