PF Chang’s Chicken Pad Thai Review

PF Chang's Chicken Pad Thai

If you live in a North American suburb and you enjoy Asian-style restaurants, you’re probably familiar with PF Chang’s. This restaurant chain serves up quality dishes for the Asian-food-craving masses. However, sometimes you don’t want to sit in a restaurant or even call out for takeout. If so, PF Chang’s offers yet another way for you to enjoy their food: the PF Chang’s Home Menu line of frozen meals.

We’ve been sampling our way through this line for a while now, having checked out dishes like the Chicken Fried Rice and a couple varieties of lo mein. Today, we’re continuing our adventure through their line with the PF Chang’s Home Menu Chicken Pad Thai. This dish seems a little similar to the Chicken Lo Mein, though obviously the noodles are different.

So how does this dish stack up against the lo mein? Well, let’s dive in and figure it out!

PF Chang's Chicken Pad Thai

When we first pulled this dish out of the microwave, we were surprised at just how packed with veggies this meal is. In fact, we were wondering where the noodles even were. You can see what we mean in the picture above.

However, once we stirred this a bit, we learned that the noodles are at the bottom while everything else is simply piled on top. You’ll need to give this a little stir to bring the noodles to the surface. Once you do, the vegetable portion sizes don’t seem quite as impressive — they’re fairly average as far as Asian-style frozen meals go.

PF Chang's Chicken Pad Thai

As huge mushroom fans, it was the shiitake mushrooms that really excited us. The pieces are pretty large here rather than being chopped up into itty-bitty chunks, which allows you to pull a mushroom of the top and savor it. And these mushrooms taste really, really good, though the consistency is just a little too rubbery for us.

The carrots are really flavorful as well. We’ve had some pretty tasty carrots in our day, even ones that were frozen and reheated, but we’re amazed at how rich the flavor in these carrots is.

The sauce is far sweeter than we were expecting. It tastes great, of course; it’s just really sweet thanks to the addition of tamarind. It also has a little bit of spiciness to it. It won’t have you running to the fridge for a cold glass of milk, but it will probably make your lips and tongue tingle a little bit.

The chicken is really just okay. It’s about average-quality chicken for a frozen meal, and parts of it are a little dry. Thankfully, the sauce really works to elevate the chicken portion.

This dish has 350 calories, which probably won’t ruin a diet for calorie-counters, though it’s slightly outside the range of what we’d call “diet-friendly frozen food.” The sodium here is a killer, however, at 1,000 mg. Yikes!

All things considered, the PF Chang’s Home Menu Chicken Pad Thai is one of the best dishes in PF Chang’s frozen food line. It’s not without its flaws, but it’s so packed with great flavor that we really can’t complain too much. If you’re trying to decide between this and the Chicken Lo Mein we mentioned earlier, we’d absolutely recommend the pad thai over the lo mein.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this frozen pad thai, check out our package scans below.

PF Chang's Chicken Pad Thai
PF Chang's Chicken Pad Thai