This easy Chicken Pad Thai recipe is everything! Tastes just like takeout — and ready at home in 30 minutes!
Restaurant-Style Chicken Pad Thai
Pad Thai is one of my favorite meals— in fact, in was one of the only foods I could tolerate while pregnant. Since our go-to Thai restaurant is a little out of the way, my husband (the chef in the family) created his own version that can totally stand up to take-out.
The key to making authentic-tasting Chicken Pad Thai possible at home (quickly) is:
- knowing when to take shortcuts
- vs. when to use fresh ingredients
Pre-made sauce shortens time spent in the kitchen as well as your shopping list, but be sure to combine with fresh veggies and protein for the best flavor.
This recipe is simpler than you might expect — it’s mostly prep (cutting, chopping, etc) and then putting together the ingredients. You can use one sauté pan to cook everything aside from the noodles.
Related: Try our “famous” Sweet Soy Asian Brussels Sprouts!
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Chicken Pad Thai Ingredients
- 1 box Pad Thai style rice noodles (this is one of our favorite types of Pad Thai Rice Noodles and is pictured above)
- 1 jar Pad Thai sauce
- 1lb chicken, cubed
- 1lb shrimp, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 4 eggs
- 2 small yellow onions, sliced thinly
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts (may substitute with canned)
- 1-2 bunches of green onion, chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1TB soy sauce
- 1TB Mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we used cashews, though peanuts are traditional)
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How to make Chicken Pad Thai (the easy way!)
Prepare noodles according to instructions on package and set aside. (You can do this while you are cooking the other ingredients.)
Sauté onions until brown. Set aside in large mixing bowl (these non-slip mixing bowls are pure genius!)
Sauté chicken (use the same pan in which you cooked the onions) with soy sauce and mirin. When chicken is partially cooked, add shrimp, 1 cup of mung bean sprouts (they will cook down — this is a great way to hide more veggies for the kids), and mushrooms.
When mushrooms start to soften, remove all ingredients from pan and add to large mixing bowl with the sautéed onions. Scramble eggs and add to mixing bowl.
Add noodles, green onions, remaining cup of mung bean sprouts, and sauce. Stir until ingredients are well-combined.
Add cilantro and nuts to garnish. That’s it — easy right?
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Restaurant-Style Chicken Pad Thai (Ready in 30 Minutes!)
- 1 box Pad Thai style rice noodles this is one of our favorite types of Pad Thai Rice Noodles and is pictured above
- 1 cup Pad Thai sauce
- 1 lb chicken cubed
- 1 lb shrimp peeled and coarsely chopped
- 4 eggs
- 2 small yellow onions sliced thinly
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts may substitute with canned
- 1-2 bunches green onion chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro chopped
- 1 TB soy sauce
- 1 TB Mirin sweet Japanese cooking wine
- 1/2 cup peanuts chopped
- Prepare noodles according to instructions on package and set aside. (You can do this while you are cooking the other ingredients.)
- Saute onions until caramelized. Set aside in large mixing bowl.
- Saute chicken (may use the same pan in which you cooked the onions) with soy sauce and mirin. When chicken is partially cooked, add shrimp, 1 cup of mung bean sprouts (they will cook down-- this is a great way to hide more veggies for the kids), and mushrooms.
- When mushrooms start to soften, remove all ingredients from pan and add to large mixing bowl with the sautéed onions.
- Scramble eggs and add to mixing bowl.
- Add noodles, green onions, remaining cup of mung bean sprouts, and sauce. Stir until ingredients are well-combined.
- Add cilantro and nuts to garnish.
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Reblogged this on One Day At A Time and commented:
Omg I love pad thai!! Reblogging to my page so I can try this out!
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
Let me know what you think!
What is the nutritional information for one serving?
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
Hi April, I’m not really able to give an exact number, because what is considered a serving can vary from person to person. I’m a home cook, so that is why I don’t have that information on the recipes — I wouldn’t want to give any misinformation. I would do a web search for a site that can help you figure nutritional estimates on your meals. I think there are sites that allow you to plug in the amounts and ingredients you consumed and provide an estimated nutritional information listing.