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!

Tender noodles, bean sprouts and a delicious sauce served with peanuts and lime!

Who needs take out when you can make your own at home?

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 pad thai. I just love all the flavors and textures!

I set out to learn to make pad thai at home! Since I haven’t found a great pad thai near me, I love that I can make this restaurant version at home! I may never order take out again!

What is Pad Thai?

This chicken pad thai is a combination of diced cooked chicken, scrambled eggs, rice noodles, veggies and herbs, all tossed in a sweet and savory sauce.

I was able to find rice noodles in the ethnic section of my grocery store, and they were actually labeled as pad thai noodles.


I typically use boneless skinless chicken breasts that are cut up into small pieces and sautéed, but in a pinch you could also use shredded rotisserie chicken.

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

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 taste authentic!

I kept this pad thai pretty basic because that’s the way my favorite restaurant makes it, but you could easily substitute shrimp for the chicken or add in more veggies like broccoli, mushrooms and peppers.

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

These delicious noodles are finished off with a sprinkling of peanuts and fresh cilantro.

The peanuts add the perfect amount of savory crunch.

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

It’s become a permanent part of our dinner menu rotation!

Chicken Pad Thai

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?

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  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 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:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, fish sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  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.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. 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.
  5. While the chicken and egg mixture is cooking, prepare rice noodles according to package directions.
  6. Add the rice noodles and sauce to the pan, toss to coat evenly.
  7. Stir in the green onions and bean sprouts.
  8. Sprinkle the peanuts and cilantro over the noodle mixture. Serve, garnished with lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 406 Calories

(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.

9 comments on “Chicken Pad Thai”

  1. i like this recipe and made it.

    Thank you.

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

    Rating: 5
  3. Thank you for this. Thoroughly  enjoyed by the whole family. I’m thinking it will now become a favorite in my house ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Rating: 4
  4. Horrible. Does not taste like Pad Thai. Ketchup should not be in this recipe.

    Rating: 1
  5. Did not like this recipe.  Ketchup gave it a weird flavor.  

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