Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle, commonly served as a street food and at casual eateries in Thailand. It is a fast, delicious and nutritious dish, and has become popular in many countries around the world. This recipe, from Home Chef, was SUPER easy to make, and tasted delicious. Considering I’m not the chef in my household, I would definitely make this again- it was a hit, and there were no leftovers. What more could I ask for?

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Ingredients

  • Cilantro Sprigs (3.0 )
  • Lime (1.0 )
  • Garlic Cloves (2.0 )
  • Green Onions (2.0 )
  • Roasted Peanuts (1.0 oz)
  • Chicken Breasts (2.0 )
  • Rice Noodles (8.0 oz)
  • Matchstick Carrots (2.0 oz)
  • Hot Chili Oil (1.0 Tbsp)
  • Sweet Chili Sauce (4.0 oz)
  • Fish Sauce (2.0 tsp)

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Prepare the Ingredients
Bring medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place a colander in the sink. Thoroughly rinse produce and pat dry. Stem cilantro and roughly chop leaves. Quarter lime. Mince garlic. Trim and thinly slice whites of green onions. Slice remaining green onions at an angle (bias). Coarsely chop peanuts. If adding chicken or shrimp, rinse and pat dry. Devain shrimp and leave whole or if chicken on a separate cutting board, slice into 1/4” strips. Try to make all the chicken slices roughly the same size so they cook evenly.

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Cook the Noodles
Put colander in the sink. Add noodles to boiling water and cook 4 minutes, stirring often. Drain noodles in colander and run cool water over them. Transfer back to pot, toss with 1 tsp. olive oilto prevent sticking, and set aside. Running cool water over pasta stops the cooking process which keeps the noodles from getting too mushy.

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 Add Tofu, Chicken, or Shrimp
Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Season shrimp or sliced chicken with 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Add to pan and cook chicken for about 5-6 minutes total, or until lightly browned and a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached.  Shrimp only need 2-3 minutes until opaque. Transfer to a plate and wipe pan clean. Return pan to heat.

Sauté the Vegetables
Add 1 tsp. olive oil to pan and add garlic, whites of green onions, and carrots. Cook for about 2 minutes. Cooking garlic, green onion, and carrot in oil before adding the noodles brings out their aromatic qualities and also flavors the oil.

Finish the Pad Thai
Add noodles, chicken or shrimp, chili oil (to taste, it can be spicy), sweet chili sauce, and fish sauce to pan. Stir and toss until all ingredients are combined and heated through, about 2 minutes.

Plate the Dish
Divide finished Pad Thai between 2 plates or bowls. Garnish with chopped peanuts, green parts of green onions, chopped cilantro, and lime quarters.

 

 
Recipe via Home Chef
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