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Pad Thai Chicken

Ratings 5 from 1 votes
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Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 25 min Rest Time: 10 min Total Time: 50 mins
Servings 4
Calories 596
Best Season Summer

This amazing Pad Thai recipe is easy and approachable and can be made in under 30 minutes. It starts with fresh ingredients including rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, tofu, cilantro, bean sprouts, peanuts and scrambled eggs tossed in a delicious homemade pad thai sauce that is so good it tastes like it came from your favorite Thai restaurant.

  • 10 ounces Flat Rice Noodles
  • 4 tablespoons oil (olive)
  • 2 Eggs (Sweet)
  • 2 Limes
  • 4 tablespoons Garlic (minced)
  • 9 ounces Chicken, Shrimp (cut into small pieces)
  • 4 Green Onions (Chopped)
  • 2 cups Peanuts (Roasted)
  • 2 cups Fresh Cilantro (Chopped)
  • Pad Thai Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar (Sweet Soy Sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar (Light)
  • 2 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter (Optional)
  • Optional Toppings
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • 1 Lime (Fried)
  • Lightly Blanched Vegetables (Boiled)
  • 4 tablespoons Crispy Fried Onion
  • Salted Peanuts
  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions, just until tender.  Rinse under cold water.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

  3. In a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add bell pepper and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook until pink, about 2 minutes per side.

  4. Push the shrimp and vegetables to one side of the pan and pour in the egg. Scramble until just set then mix with the shrimp mixture. Add the cooked noodles and toss until combined. Pour in the lime juice mixture and toss until the noodles are coated.

  5. Drop the beans into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 3 mins. Drain, refresh under cold water, and set aside.

  6. Add noodles, sauce, bean sprouts and peanuts to the pan (reserving some peanuts for topping at the end). Toss everything to combine.

  7. Serving

    Serve immediately, sprinkled with remaining peanuts and lime wedges on the side, with a sprinkle of chilli and a handful of extra beansprouts on the side if desired (this is the Thai way!). Squeeze over lime juice to taste before eating.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 400

Servings 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories 450
Calories from Fat 350
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g36%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 224mg75%
Sodium 2038mg85%
Potassium 455mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 78g26%
Dietary Fiber 201g804%
Sugars 20g
Protein 40g80%

Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 8%
Iron 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Absolutely. If you're not a fan of shrimp, feel free to sear strips of boneless skinless chicken instead. 

This recipe is made to taste more like authentic Pad Thai, which has more tang and less sweetness than you will typically find in some American restaurants.  If you would like a less tangy dish, I recommend adding just half of the tamarind concentrate to begin (then you can also toss the noodles with extra in the end, if you want more).  And if you would like the dish to be on the sweeter side, I recommend increasing the amount of brown sugar to 1/2 cup.  

 Also please note that different brands of tamarind paste can vary significantly in terms of potency and tartness. 

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