This Chicken Pad Thai recipe is the best homemade recipe ever! It’s full of fresh ingredients and tossed with an easy, scrumptious sauce.
I have been wanting to make homemade Pad Thai for months and months. It is the first Thai dish that I ever had a few years ago when I thought I didn’t even like Thai food.
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Chicken Pad Thai is probably one of the most famous of dishes in restaurants across the US. I have read that it is known as Thailand’s National dish.
It is full with fresh veggies, tossed with rice noodles, chicken and a wonderful sauce. Traditionally, a tablespoon of fish sauce is used but I left it out of my recipe. Feel free to add it for an even more authentic version.
You can also swap out the chicken to shrimp or beef. Since Pad Thai is served with rice noodles, it’s a wonderful gluten free meal as well.
Is Pad Thai Spicy?
Traditionally, Pad Thai is not loaded with spiciness. It’s more of a sweeter sauce than other Thai dishes that have curry as an ingredient.
You can certainly add a little crushed red pepper flakes to yours if you’d like. I just would keep it on the low side so it doesn’t completely change the flavors.
Rice noodles – Found in the asian aisle at the grocery store
Chicken breasts– You’ll need about a pound of boneless, skinless breasts sliced into thin strips
Olive oil – for sautéing the chicken strips
Soy sauce – the base of the fabulous sauce
Rice vinegar – another staple in the sauce.
Brown sugar – to give the sauce the perfect sweet touch.
Lemon or lime juice – fresh is best for this recipe
Carrots – cut into thin julienne slices
Red bell pepper – sliced into thin strips
Garlic – minced to give it that extra flavor.
Green onions – whites sliced thin & greens sliced into 1-inch pieces
Bean sprouts – an Asian classic veggie addition
Eggs – these get scrambled in at the end
Peanuts – unsalted and chopped roughly
Cilantro – chopped
Red pepper flakes – optional for more spicy food lovers
How to Make this Recipe
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and lime juice
Cook rice noodles according to directions on package.
While noodles are cooking, heat oil in large, deep skillet (or a wok) over medium-high heat.
Once hot add chicken and saute until cooked through, about 4 – 6 minutes.
Transfer to a plate, leaving oil in pan.
Add bell pepper and carrots and sauté 3-4 minutes then add garlic, green onions and bean sprouts sauté 3-4 minute longer.
Push the vegetables round the sides of the pan and crack the eggs into the center.
Scramble until eggs have cooked through.
Add the chicken, noodles and sauce to the vegetables.
Then toss together until evenly coated and cook 1 – 2 minutes.
Serve warm topped with cilantro, peanuts and optional red pepper flakes.
Tips and Substitutions:
Use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar if preferred.
Substitute cooked spaghetti squash for the rice noodles for a low carb option.
Other Thai recipes to try
Chicken Pad Thai
- 10 oz Thai rice noodles
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into thin strips
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar I used coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
- 1 ½ cups matchstick carrots
- 1 red bell pepper sliced into thin strips
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 green onions whites sliced thin & greens sliced into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup unsalted peanuts chopped roughly
- ⅓ cup cilantro chopped
- Red pepper flakes optional
- In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and lime juice
- Cook rice noodles according to directions on package.
- While noodles are cooking, heat oil in large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and saute until cooked through, about 4 – 6 minutes.
- Transfer to a plate, leaving oil in pan.
- Add bell pepper and carrots and sauté 3-4 minutes then add garlic, green onions and bean sprouts sauté 3-4 minute longer.
- Push the vegetables round the sides of the pan and crack the eggs into the center.
- Scramble until eggs have cooked through.
- Add the chicken, noodles and sauce to the vegetables.
- Then toss together until evenly coated and cook 1 – 2 minutes.
- Serve warm topped with cilantro, peanuts and optional red pepper flakes.
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