Easy Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

By Rena |

You are going to love this easy Chicken Pad Thai recipe. Flavorful, easy, and quick, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time. Made with an easy homemade sauce consisting of pantry staples, you can make this take-out favorite at home.

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Have you ever wanted to make your Chicken Pad Thai at home? A take-out favorite, chicken Pad Thai may seem difficult to make but with the right ingredients and this post to help you out, you’ll have this better than take-out Pad Thai at home in no time. It’s also super versatile as you can customize this recipe to your personal tastes, especially if you have picky eaters at home, everyone will love this homemade version.

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

  • It’s fast! It’s probably faster to make this at home than it is to place the order and have it delivered to you in 45 minutes. Since this Pad Thai recipe uses chicken cut into strips and quick-cooking vegetables, the cooking time is really fast.
  • It uses pantry staples. Most of the ingredients, you probably already have in your kitchen! If not, these ingredients are very accessible as most grocery stores carry them or you can find them online easily. 
  • It’s easy to customize. If you have leftover vegetables in the fridge, you can add those. You can swap out the vegetables I use for another one your children like more. Or you can even make this spicy if you wish. 
Close up of pad thai with chicken.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make this Chicken Pad Thai recipe. Full measurements are listed further down below.

  • Thai rice noodles: these can usually be found in the noodles section or Asian section of a grocery store. If not, Amazon carries it.
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Groundnut oil: also known as peanut oil.
  • Red bell pepper
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted roasted peanuts
  • Cilantro
  • Maple syrup: or honey
  • Light-sodium soy sauce: or coconut aminos liquid for gluten-free
  • Rice vinegar
  • Lime
ingredients to make chicken pad thai

How to Make Chicken Pad Thai At Home

  • Make the sauce: In a small bowl whisk all sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • Cook the noodles: follow the directions on your package. Different brands of noodles and thickness have different cook times.
  • Cook the chicken: Heat 1 tbsp of the groundnut oil (peanut oil) in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Set aside on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Cook the vegetables: Add the remaining groundnut oil to the heated pan. Sauté the bell peppers together with carrots and garlic, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes. For the last minute, stir in the green onions.
  • Cook the eggs: Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Push the sautéed veggies to one side of the pan, and pour in the beaten eggs. Cook and scramble the eggs.
  • Combine everything: Return the cooked chicken to the pan, together with the noodles and the sauce. Cook and toss over medium-low heat, until everything is combined and hot.
  • Garnish: Take off the heat and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro.
Chicken being cooked in a skillet.
Close up of sautéd bell peppers, carrots, green onions, garlic, and scrambled egg.

Tips and Substitutions

  • Make it vegetarian: swap the chicken for a plant-based protein such as mock chicken or tofu.
  • Make it pescatarian: swap the chicken for shrimp. 
  • Vegetables: swap or add in snow peas, snap peas, bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, etc.
  • Make it spicy: add in some chili paste or sriracha to add some heat to your chicken Pad Thai.
  • We recommend a large skillet or wok for making chicken Pad Thai. You’ll want lots of room to get all the vegetables and noodles in!
A bowl of chicken pad thai with a pair of chopsticks on top.

FAQs

What is Pad Thai?

Pad Thai is a noodle stir fry dish from Thailand that is traditionally made up of rice noodles, protein, vegetables, eggs, and a sweet but sour sauce. 

Is chicken Pad Thai healthy?

Chicken Pad Thai is definitely a healthy choice for us. If you check out our ingredient list of what’s in this Pad Thai chicken recipe, you will see that it’s loaded with fresh vegetables and no overly processed ingredients. 

Is chicken Pad Thai gluten-free?

Rice noodles do not contain any gluten, making them a popular choice for gluten-free recipes! The rest of the ingredients are all naturally gluten-free as well. However, you’ll have to make sure you use coconut amino liquid instead of soy sauce to keep the Pad Thai gluten-free. 

What to serve with chicken Pad Thai?

Here are a few side dishes that go well with chicken Pad Thai: Sweet & Sour Vegetable Stir Fry, Easy Crab Corn Tomato Salad, Creamy Garlic Mushrooms, and Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower.

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Easy Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

You are going to love this easy Chicken Pad Thai recipe. Flavorful, easy, and quick, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time. Made with an easy homemade sauce consisting of pantry staples, you can make this take-out favorite at home.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 697kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Thai rice noodles
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into small strips
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil divided
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 green onions sliced into 1-inch pieces on diagonally
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts chopped
  • cup cilantro chopped

Sauce

  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup light-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos liquid
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk all sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • Cook the noodles according to package directions.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of the groundnut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Set aside on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Add the remaining groundnut oil to the heated pan. Sauté the bell peppers together with carrots and garlic, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes. For the last minute, stir in the green onions.
  • Meanwhile, quickly beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  • Push the sautéed veggies to one side of the pan, and pour in the beaten eggs. Cook and scramble the eggs.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the pan, together with the noodles and the sauce.
  • Cook and toss over medium-low heat, until everything is combined and hot.
  • Take off the heat and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make it vegetarian: swap the chicken for a plant-based protein such as mock chicken or tofu.
  • Make it pescatarian: swap the chicken for shrimp. 
  • Vegetables: swap or add in snow peas, snap peas, bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, etc.
  • Make it spicy: add in some chili paste or sriracha to add some heat to your chicken Pad Thai.
  • I recommend a large skillet or wok for making chicken Pad Thai. You’ll want lots of room to get all the vegetables and noodles in!

Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 944mg | Potassium: 909mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 6397IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3mg
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