Whenever I go to a Thai restaurant my go-to dish is always Chicken Pad Thai. It’s pretty much foolproof and always delicious. A few years ago I attempted to make it myself and was happy with the outcome – it was super simple and tasted awesome. I recently dug out the recipe I used and whipped it up for dinner.
To begin I prepped all of my ingredients; minced garlic and ginger, sliced three thinly sliced chicken breasts into strips and julienned 2 carrots and 1 zucchini.
Two of my other ingredients were rice noodles and Asian chili paste.
Next I whisked together soy sauce, water, peanut butter and the chili paste until it was smooth.
To cook the vegetables and chicken I began by sautéing the garlic and ginger for about a minute and then adding the vegetables and chicken and cooking everything until the chicken was cooked through.
While I was cooking the vegetables I prepped the rice noodles by soaking them in warm water (I brought a pot of water to boil and then removed it from the heat). Luckily the rice noodles now come in these individual packets (there are four in a box) so I knew exactly how many noodles I needed – 2 packets. The last time I cooked with rice noodles – granted it was some time ago – they didn’t come in these nifty packages so I had to use my best guess as to what was half of the package.
The noodles soaking…
Once the noodles were ready (I followed the directions on the package and soaked them for 5 minutes) I added them to the pan with the vegetables and then added in the peanut/soy sauce I made along with light brown sugar and cider vinegar. I tossed all of the ingredients together to distribute the sauce and let everything cook for a few more minutes and then it was time to enjoy my homemade Chicken Pad Thai and it was delicious!
Chicken Pad Thai – Modified from here
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons Asian chili paste
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 zucchini, julienned
2 carrots, julienned
8 ounces chicken breast, sliced into strips
1/4 pound rice noodles, follow directions on package to prepare
1 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoons cider vinegar
Optional for garnish:
1. In a bowl whisk together the soy sauce, water, peanut butter and chili paste.
2. Heat a large sauté pan (or wok) over medium heat and add the canola oil. Once the oil is hot add the garlic and ginger and cook for about a minute. Add the vegetables and chicken and cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through. Add the noodles and toss to coat them.
3. Add the peanut/soy sauce, brown sugar and cider vinegar and toss to distribute. Cook until heated through.