Chicken Pad Thai


Pad Thai holds a very special place in my heart.

Chicken Pad Thai

It is a noodle dish that is tasty and savory and often called the signature dish of Thai cuisine. I’m a huge fan of Thai food and anytime I go to a Thai restaurant I always go straight for the Pad Thai. I think it’s a good judge of how good the restaurant is compared to the others. Also, because – let’s be honest – I’m a creature of habit.

I’m not gonna “talk” your ear off today, but just want to tell you that you can use chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, tofu, or a combination of any of those in this recipe! Also, this makes a somewhat spicy pad thai, so if you don’t like spicy food you may want to start with less crushed red pepper and work your way up. I like mine with a little bit of a kick but not so much that my nose is running before I even take a bite. I have to be in the right mood for that 🙂

*Remember – if left too long in boiling water, rice noodles will simply turn to mush! Take special care that they don’t stick together when you’re done. Rice noodles aren’t like wheat noodles and tend to be gummier and will stick if you’re not careful. (I might be saying this because it happened to me!)

Chicken Pad Thai


*makes 6 servings*

1-12 ounce package rice noodles
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-sized pieces
¼ cup peanut oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 green onions, chopped
4 eggs
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 tablespoons fish sauce
6 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (I used Sriracha)
1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups bean sprouts
¼ cup crushed peanuts
1 green onion, chopped for garnish
1 lime, cut into wedges
shredded carrot and purple cabbage, for garnish


Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain, and set aside. (*see above note)

Heat peanut oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken, garlic, and green onions until browned. Remove, and set aside.

Return the wok to the burner and add ¼ cup of peanut oil. Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Crack eggs into hot oil, and cook until firm. Stir in chicken, softened noodles, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, sweet chili sauce, red pepper, and cayenne pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste. Mix while cooking, until noodles are tender. Add bean sprouts and a squirt of lime, and mix for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with crushed peanuts, green onions, and a lime wedge.

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13 Responses to “Chicken Pad Thai”

  1. July 10, 2012 at 5:58 AM #

    I guess that’s like me going to Indian restaurant and always getting Malai Koftas 🙂
    I should try this Pad Thai sometime. Peanuts really go well in meat dishes.

    • July 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

      I agree! Something about crunchy peanuts with the chicken and soft noodles is soo good.

  2. July 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM #

    Cool! I love Pad Thai! I need to get out of my comfort zone & try to make it at home!

    • July 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

      Definitely! I wish I did it sooner 🙂

  3. July 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM #

    I just introduced my mom to Pad Thai (and Thai food in general) and she fell absolutely in love with it. She’s been bothering me to find her a recipe to try out at home; this must be a sign! Looks delicious and can’t wait to give it a shot with some shrimp or tofu!

    • July 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM #

      Thanks, Jess! Pad Thai is my absolute favorite 🙂

  4. August 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM #

    thai food is one of my favorites too. i love indian and chinese food as well but thai cuisine is way up there…lol!
    your pad thai looks amazing! i think we can also replace chicken with soy chicken or soy nuggets and it would still taste awesome!

    • August 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

      Thanks for commenting! I’m sure it will still be awesome if you swap out the chicken 🙂

  5. August 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM #

    I love Thai food. Your at-home version of Pad Thai looks yummy!

    • August 22, 2012 at 4:32 PM #

      Thanks, Amy! Thai is my fave 🙂

  6. Cheri
    August 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM #

    This sounds wonderful. How many servings does this dish make?

    • August 1, 2013 at 11:57 PM #

      Hey Cheri! Sorry about that – it’s 6 servings. I updated that in the recipe 🙂


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