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September 18, 2013 | Fitnovatives Blog

Chain Restaurant Favorites Get a Healthy Makeover: P.F. Changs Chicken Fried Rice

Eating out used to be an occasional treat, but for many people it is now part of their regular routine. Unfortunately, that often means trading sound nutrition for convenience. The good news is you can still enjoy many of your favorite restaurant meals at home—and for a lot fewer calories. In the second installment of an ongoing series of healthy restaurant meal makeovers, we lighten up P.F. Changs Chicken Fried Rice.

P.F. Changs Chicken Fried Rice: 1240 calories
Your Homemade Healthy Version: 246 calories

Chicken Fried Rice

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 4-ounce raw chicken breast
1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup frozen peas

½” x ½” piece of ginger
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 egg white
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup bean sprouts


Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan. Once hot, add chicken. Cook chicken breast on low- medium heat until fully done. Remove from the pan and finely chop the chicken breast into small pieces and set aside.

In another medium saucepan, add sesame oil along with carrots, mushrooms, peas, ginger and green onions. Cook on low-medium heat until tender.

In a small pan, scramble the egg white and set aside.

Once vegetables are done cooking, add brown rice, chicken and egg whites to the vegetable mixture. Add soy sauce and bean sprouts and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Allow fried rice to cook on medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts: Serves: 3, Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe; Calories Per Serving: 246; Total Fat: 9g; Protein: 19g; Carbohydrate: 25g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 5g; Sodium: 350 mg

By The Nutrition Twins
The Nutrition Twins

Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse (“Lyssie”) Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®, share a passion to teach people how to eat healthfully and exercise so they'll have energy to live happy lives. The twins have been featured as nutrition experts on Good Morning America, Discovery Health, Fox News, NBC, Bravo, CBS, The Learning Channel, FitTV, Oxygen Network, and Fox & Friends. They co-wrote The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure: Expert Advice and Tantalizing Recipes for Health, Energy and Beauty, The Secret to Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat and the 4-Week Plan to Drop A Size & Get Healthier with Simple Low Sodium Swaps. The twins are both ACE Certified Personal Trainers, and members of the American Dietetic Association and several Dietetic Practice Groups.

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