PF Chang’s Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken Review

PF Chang's Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken

There are few things more satisfying than warming your belly with a spicy bowl of food on a cold evening. With the PF Chang’s Home Menu brand of frozen food, you can enjoy spicy Asian-style meals without running out to your nearest PF Chang’s restaurant.

Of course, not all PF Chang’s Home Menu frozen food is created equal. Some of it is quite delicious, such as the Chicken Egg Rolls and the Honey Chicken, while some of it is just kind of alright, like the Orange Chicken. Today, we’re checking out the PF Chang’s Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken to see how it stacks up against some of the other items in this line.

At a glance, this seems like it might be similar to the Sichuan Style Orange Chicken bowl. After all, both have Sichuan in the title. However, upon closer inspection, they’re not all that similar. The Orange Chicken bowl is more of a rice and veggie bowl topped with orange chicken, while the Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken bowl comes with spicy chicken in a bed of lo mein noodles. In concept, the latter is definitely more appealing to us.

Anyway let’s get this thing cookin’!

PF Chang's Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken

First off, we should point out that this is super easy to prepare. Simply toss it into the microwave and heat it for four and a half minutes or so. It does come out looking a bit sickly and pale at first, as you can see in the image above. However, if you give it a good stir before serving, it will end up looking more like it does in the picture below.

PF Chang's Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken

There’s actually a pretty generous chicken portion in this dish. It’s not amazing, by any means, as it’s a pretty basic white-meat chicken, but it gets the job done. It’s a little dry and bland on its own, but the Sichuan-style mala sauce works pretty hard to mitigate both of those flaws. If you can make sure your chicken is covered in sauce before you eat it, we think you’ll like it just fine. Plus, it has sesame seeds mixed into it, which provides a really nice bit of texture.

As we mentioned earlier, we think the lo mein noodles are a better base than rice, and this works as well in practice as it sounds on paper. These are some good noodles, and they definitely kick up the overall quality of this dish.

There are some veggies mixed in as well, including red bell peppers and scallions, but it’s the mushrooms that we’re the most excited about. This contains both crimini and shiitake mushrooms, and both are good choices here. Our only complaint is that we wish there were more of them, as we really love mushrooms.

The package gives this a spice rating of four out of five peppers. While it’s certainly not the spiciest food we’ve ever eaten, it is surprisingly spicy for a frozen food. This will certainly clear the sinuses, at the very least.

By no means is this a diet-friendly meal. On top of the 420 calories, this also contains 1,060 mg of sodium, which is a lot even by frozen-food standards. We really can’t recommend eating this as more than just a once-in-a-while indulgence.

The PF Chang’s Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken is a spicy treat that’s a bit too high in calories to make into a regular meal. As a cold-weather treat eaten in moderation, though, we think it’s quite good, and we’d recommend this over the Sichuan Style Orange Chicken any day of the week.

To learn more about the nutrition contents, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this frozen chicken bowl, check out our package scans below.

PF Chang's Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken
PF Chang's Home Menu Spicy Sichuan Style Chicken
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