Chicken Pad Thai

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This easy Chicken Pad Thai is just like the restaurant version, and it’s ready in 20 minutes! The ingredients in this easy Pad Thai recipe include tender noodles, bean sprouts and a delicious homemade sauce served with peanuts and lime! Who needs take out when you can make your own at home in just minutes?

Chicken Pad Thai in a bowl with lime and peanuts

How to Make Chicken Pad Thai

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One of my favorite things to order for take out is either shrimp or chicken pad Thai; I just love all the flavors and textures! Since I haven’t found a great Pad Thai near me, I set out to learn to make Chicken Pad Thai at home!

What is Pad Thai?

This Chicken Pad Thai is actually a popular street food in Thailand!  It’s a delicious combination of diced cooked chicken, eggs, rice noodles, veggies and herbs, all tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. Rice noodles are usually available in the ethnic section of my grocery store, and they were actually labeled as pad thai noodles (you can also get rice noodles for Pad Thai online).

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The term Pad Thai actually means Thai Stir Fry which is exactly what the flavors in this dish represent! Cilantro, lime and peanuts are often found in Thai food along with fish sauce and soy sauce.  If you’ve never had fish sauce, it adds an unmistakable flavor to this dish, salty and savory (I’m not a huge fish person but I really do love fish sauce in many dishes).

The ingredients in Pad Thai are simple (but the flavors are anything BUT simple):

  • Noodles – we use rice noodles
  • Protein – Chicken (or shrimp)
  • Sauce – Simple ingredients packed with flavor
  • Veggies – Again, simple is best, we use bean sprouts

This Chicken Pad Thai is pretty basic so feel free to add in your favorites like broccoli, mushrooms or peppers. Either diced boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs work perfectly in this recipe and you could also substitute shrimp if you like Shrimp Pad Thai instead!

A fork full of Chicken Pad Thai in a bowl with cilantro, lime and peanuts

What is Pad Thai Sauce Made Out Of?

The sauce is mostly comprised of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, with the exception of the fish sauce. Fish sauce is located in the ethnic foods aisle of most grocery stores and is really crucial to making this Pad Thai recipe taste authentic, so don’t skip it! It adds a salty umami you really need to make this chicken Pad Thai taste authentic!

The other ingredients in the sauce include fresh lime juice and soy sauce both of which are packed with flavor! The sauce for this isn’t really “saucy” but it packs so much flavor you don’t need a ton!

How to Make Pad Thai

Much like my favorite Chicken Stir Fry recipe, Pad Thai is crazy easy to make with just a few simple steps!

  1. Start by mixing your sauce ingredients.
  2. Next you’ll cook your chicken for a few minutes… and then your eggs (all in the same pan).
  3. Finally you’ll add in your noodles and some veggies.
  4. Cook a couple of minutes, add your sauce and voila… it’s that easy!

 

Pad Thai recipe in a bowl with cilantro, lime and peanuts

We add a sprinkling of peanuts and fresh cilantro and course fresh lime wedges. The peanuts add the perfect amount of savory crunch while the cilantro and lime really add freshness to the dish!

This chicken pad thai is the perfect way to get your Thai food fix without even having to leave the house.

This chicken pad thai is just like the restaurant version, and it’s ready in 20 minutes! Who needs take out when you can make your own at home?
Print Recipe
4 from 5 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Chicken Pad Thai
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 
Author: Sara Welch
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken pad thai

Better than takeout and read in about 20 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts chopped
  • 4 lime wedges
For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients. Set aside. Prepare rice noodles according to package directions.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned and cooked through. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.

  3. Move the chicken mixture to one side of the pan and add the eggs to the empty side of the pan. Stir the eggs until scrambled and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes.

  4. Add the rice noodles and sauce to the pan, toss to coat evenly. Stir in the green onions and bean sprouts.

  5. Sprinkle the peanuts and cilantro over the noodle mixture. Serve, garnished with lime wedges.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 520, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 154mg, Sodium: 859mg, Potassium: 715mg, Carbohydrates: 68g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Protein: 33g, Vitamin A: 7.1%, Vitamin C: 37.8%, Calcium: 7.8%, Iron: 12.7%

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

 

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Chicken Pad Thai
Chicken Pad Thai

Sara Welch

Sara lives in California with her husband and three daughters. She spends a lot of time of time in the kitchen coming up with healthy meals that her whole family will actually eat and enjoy and she involves her girls in the cooking process as much as possible. Between meals she can be found hanging out with family and friends or with a camera in her hand begging her girls to pose for a picture.

17 comments on “Chicken Pad Thai”

  1. Hi, love this dish! But did you change the sauce recipe recently? It’s different from what I remember last time I made this.

    • This recipe has been retested and the ingredients for the sauce was very slightly updated to improve flavor. The original sauce is as follows:

      1 tablespoons fish sauce
      2 tablespoons brown sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
      1 teaspoon rice vinegar
      1 lime, juiced
      2 tablespoons ketchup

  2. Since the first time I ate pad that in my trip to Bangkok 2 years ago, I haven’t tried it again but I really love it, it was so tasty and distinctive! Thanks for sharing, maybe I will give a try soonn!
    – Natalie Ellis

  3. Gotta try this recipe soon. I have never tried Pad Thai and would love to make it at home.

  4. Made it and replaced the noodles with zucchini & yellow squash zoodles. Did miss the pasta.

  5. Did not like this recipe.  Ketchup gave it a weird flavor.  

  6. Horrible. Does not taste like Pad Thai. Ketchup should not be in this recipe.

  7. Thank you for this. Thoroughly  enjoyed by the whole family. I’m thinking it will now become a favorite in my house ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  8. Very good  you don’t need a zester  just peel cucumbers and run a fork down the shaft all the way around

  9. i like this recipe and made it.

    Thank you.

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