Say good-bye to takeout when you can make it better, more flavourful, and faster at home. Cook restaurant-style, chicken Pad Thai at home in just 10 minutes! It's sweet, savoury, sour, spicy and nutty, and will stimulate all of your senses.
What is Pad Thai?
Pad Thai is a popular Thai stir-fry noodle dish. It is a one pot dish made with rice noodles, eggs, tofu, garlicky chicken or shrimp, fresh chopped chives and tossed in a Thai sauce with peanuts and bean sprouts. It is the ultimate summer comfort food.
Ingredients in Chicken Pad Thai
To make this flavourful noodle stir-fry dish, here is what you will need:
- Pad Thai sauce - traditional Pad Thai sauce is made with tamarind sauce, fish sauce and sugar. Tamarind sauce is hard to find, so we mimic it using a combination of lime juice, soy sauce, and sriracha.
- noodles - dry rice stick noodles or vermicelli noodles.
- oil - for stir-frying the dish.
- chicken - one boneless, skinless chicken thigh, diced into small pieces
- garlic - lots of garlic
- firm tofu - must be firm tofu, or else it will disintegrate into the dish.
- chives - cut into 2-inch long pieces
- bean sprouts
- peanuts - chopped
How to Make Chicken Pad Thai
- Prepare the sauce: Combine lime juice, fish sauce, sriracha, soy sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Prepare the noodles: Soak the dry noodles in water for 10 minutes until soft.
- Stir-fry the ingredients. Preheat oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add chicken and garlic and cook. Then, add noodles, and cook. Add the eggs and cook until they have thickened and then mix into the noodles. Add in prepared sauce and continue to stir. Turn heat down and add tofu, chives and bean sprouts.
- Serve. Sprinkle in chopped peanuts and serve immediately.
Tips for Making the Best Noodle Stir Fry
- Prep your ingredients. Have all your ingredients prepped and ready before you begin. Cooking Pad Thai is a very fast process and by having your ingredients prepped and within hands reach, this will ensure that everything goes smoothly.
- Continuously stir. You will need to continuously stir throughout the cooking process to ensure even distribution of heat and even cooking. I use 2 spatulas to mix everything evenly and quickly.
- Do not overcook the noodles. Cook the Pad Thai until the sauce dries. The noodles should still be firm and not mushy. Fully-cooked noodles will change colour from transparent to white. If you are new to stir-frying noodles, I would recommend turning down the heat while cooking, as things move fast.
- Serve hot. Pad Thai is best served immediately. Once the noodles turn cold, they will start to lose their texture and flavour. I also like to serve these noodles with a side of bean sprouts and lime wedges.
More Quick and Easy Better than Takeout Meals
Looking for more quick and easy, better than takeout meals? Check out my favourites below, or browse all of my better than takeout meals.
- 10-Minute Vegetarian Fried Rice
- Spicy Dan Dan Noodles
- Chicken and Cilantro Potstickers
- 10-Minute Wonton Soup
- Healthy Miso Ramen
- Tiger Prawns in Garlic Ginger Soy Sauce
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