Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

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This Chicken Pad Thai Recipe is a quicker version than the traditional but still tastes absolutely delicious! Double win!

Chicken Pad Thai

Today I’m posting a Chicken Pad Thai Recipe that gets you in and out of the kitchen in no time and keeps you off your feet. This Pad Thai is a very quick dinner to cook up that uses a bunch of ingredients you probably already have on hand. Traditional Pad Thai dishes typically call for fish sauce and tamarind juice concentrate. Do you have those in your pantry already? Yeah…me either. So, I subbed them out with more common things to make some seriously flavorful noodles. Not traditional but still amazing and fast enough to make this on a weeknight. Promise 🙂

Pad Thai Recipe Ingredients

Sauce – The sauce is made up of soy sauce, sugar, red wine vinegar, hoisin sauce, grated garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes. I know it’s a lot but the flavoring is phenomenal.

Mix-Ins – We have carrots, bean sprouts, peanuts, cilantro, and an onion. They all compliment each other with taste and texture. They also add a lot of color to the dish.

Protein – Pad Thai can be made with chicken, shrimp, tofu and/or eggs. For this recipe though I stuck to the chicken and eggs for protein.

Noodles – Rice noodles are used in this recipe. I used noodles from the Thai Kitchen brand.

How to Make Pad Thai

Pad Thai Sauce

Pad Thai SauceFirst up we’ll make the sauce–in a small bowl, combine some soy sauce, sugar, red wine vinegar, hoisin sauce,

Pad Thai Sauce

grated garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes altogether. Microwave for 30-ish seconds until the sugar dissolves. Set this aside. Yup, that’s the sauce. Takes about 2 minutes.

Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai Noodles

Next, we’ll cook up some rice noodles. This was half a package of the Thai Kitchen brand. Cook these for 3-5 minutes, then drain and rinse in cold water. They should be slightly underdone because we’ll be cooking them up a little later. Set these aside.


Sliced Onion

Now, we can get to the main event. Slice up some onion,

Cut Raw Chicken

and chicken. Cutting chicken that is half frozen makes my life 27 1/2 times easier. Approximately.

Canola Oil

Heat up some canola oil in a wok or a big skillet over medium-high heat.

Cooked Chicken and Onions

Add in that chicken and onions and cook until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Push these ingredients to one side of the pan and then…

Beaten Eggs

pour in two beaten eggs.

Scrambled Eggs

Scramble these babies up and get ready to finish this recipe! Home stretch, my peeps! Yes, this recipe is that fast.

Bean Sprouts and Carrots

On top of everything, pour on the cooked rice noodles, some julienned carrot, some bean sprouts

Adding Sauce

and that sauce we made at the beginning.

Mixing Pad Thai Recipe

Toss everything together and cook to heat the veggies through.

Peanuts, Cilantro, and Green Onions

Grab some peanuts, green onions and cilantro and go to town!

Pad Thai

So so so so so good with peanuts and cilantro, but that’s totally my preference. Make this how you like! 🙂 Printable Recipe Card is below! Enjoy!

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4.67 from 12 votes

Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

This Chicken Pad Thai Recipe is a quicker version than the traditional but still tastes absolutely delicious! Double win!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


for the pad thai sauce-

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch red pepper flakes

for the chicken pad thai-

  • 7 oz. rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup yellow onion sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup julienned carrot
  • 3/4 cup bean sprouts

For Garnish-

  • cilantro
  • peanuts
  • lime wedges
  • green onions


  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, hoisin, sugar, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire and red pepper flakes together. Microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook rice noodles 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • In a large wok or skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken and onions together until browned. Move to one side of the pan.
  • Crack eggs into a small bowl and beat with a fork. Pour into the empty side of the pan and stir to scramble. Toss in carrots, bean sprouts, cooked noodles, and sauce until all coated. You may add in 1/4-1/2 cup water if you think there isn't enough sauce. Cook another 2 minutes to heat veggies through. Serve with cilantro, lime wedges, peanuts, and green onion.


Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1514mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4160IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2.3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Chicken Pad Thai, Pad Thai, Pad Thai Noodles, Pad Thai Recipe, Pad Thai Sauce
4.67 from 12 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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  1. Lesley Fenton Aiwerioghene

    1 star
    This is the most fucked up piece of shit Pad Thai recipe I have ever seen. First off in pad Thai there is no red wine vinegar. There is no Worcestershire sauce or any other of that shit that you decided to put in if you really want pad Thai go to a Thai website and learn how to fucking make it right and furthermore, they actually have a pad Thai sauce that you can buy, guess what???it’s from Thailand too! . And if you actually want real pad, Thai, put your ass on a plane and go there.

  2. Susan Hicks

    Hey! You should definitely get some tamarind concentrate in your pantry, because it gives such delicious, tangy flavor! There must be a hundred Asian marts in Portland, so stock up before you hit Bosie, because I don’t even know I there are Asians there (which would be a crime). You will have to update me on what is happening in Bosie these days… For all I know, it may have become.e quite the hip place. But it was a cultural desert some 40 years ago.

    I’ll give you a pass on fish sauce, which I loathe, and am allergic too. Love finding a recipe for Pad Thai sans fish sauce. But tamarind concentrate, it is like Worcestershire sauce, only more so.

    I am glad you are only going to Bosie, because for a minute I thought you were going to close down the blog! Don’t do that!

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  5. Amy

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren! I just made this for my family this evening and it was great! I have to say, there is alot of prep, but it was so worth it! I used roasted cashews (raw ones that roasted myself!) because I am allergic to peanuts. I have so been loving me some Asian food lately!!!!!!! This recipe is totally a keeper!

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  7. Debra Kapellakis

    WOW! Sometimes hubbies think they are funny but they AIN’T! Silly bugger! Thank you for hobbling around and posting this, YUM!

  8. Taylor

    Hi, there! I just printed out a few of your recipes to try. I have made the garlic cheese breadsticks lots of times, and guess what-my Kitchenaid broke! Ha. During the 6 minute kneading it just died. So sad. I thought those things were indestructible. I had to knead it by hand-oh the humanity! 😉

    Anyways, thanks for all the great recipe ideas! They all look so good!

  9. Peggy

    5 stars
    Just thought you would like to know this reheats wonderfully as well! I found a tiny bit hid in the back of the refrigerator today and reheated it… oh my it made my mouth dance with joy! had some sugar snap peas and a bit of watermelon w/ chile & lime to finish it off!! MMMmmmm I love tasty healthy food!

  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This pad thai looks so scrumptious, Lauren! Love that you made it so simple and full of flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  11. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren! Whenever I see chicken pad thai on the menu at a restaurant, I must order it! I love all of the different textures and flavors. The eggs, the peanuts, chicken, and rice noodles… it is all so delicious together. I’ve never made my own in fear that it would be too complicated but it’s not! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    I am loving Around The World in 80 Plates – thanks for mentioning it awhile back!
    This Pad Thai looks amazing! It is my go to Thai food. Last time I made it at home, it was not good. I will try this recipe for sure!

  13. amy @ fearless homemaker

    oh wow, this sounds awesome! i love pad thai but have never thought about trying it at home. question – i wonder how it would be if i substituted ground chicken instead of bite-size chicken breast pieces? i have some in the freezer that i’d love to use up! =)

  14. amy @ fearless homemaker

    oh wow, this sounds awesome! i love pad thai but have never thought about trying it at home. question – i wonder if you could substitute ground chicken instead of bite-size chicken breast pieces? i have some in the freezer that i’d love to use up! =)

  15. Christine

    Was it the Ragnar!! My husband and I are running it early this Fall….I can’t wait, it was my “bucket list” item for this year.
    Yummy dinner, we”ll be eating this likely this week:)

  16. Living The Sweet Life

    Congratulations on running the race!! That’s so cool. Not so cool, is how sore you are .. this is the perfect opportunity for your hubby to help out more than he already does 😉

    Great dinner idea too!!

  17. Brianna

    Ok, Lauren. This is too awesome. We ate Thai food the night before our race 🙂 (clearly we didn’t know what we were doing) 6 of us Montana mamas just had our first Epic Relay on an ultra team this weekend in Oregon. In Montana We Run…From Grizzlies, was our team. We survived and are in the books as the first all female ultra epic to complete that bad boy. I wonder if we saw your team along the way? Congrats on your race! Oh Oregon…you are Epic. wow.

  18. Meghan @ After the Ivy League

    Phew 19 miles! Congrats! That’s a whole lot of running. I’m always on the lookout for a simplified pad thai recipe (sans the fish sauce and other uncommon ingredients). I’ll have to give this one a try next time I’m craving it!

  19. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    This is one of my favorite dishes!! I will have to try your version… I haven’t got it quite right yet with other recipes I’ve tried.

  20. From Valerie's Kitchen

    I have no idea how you could run 19 miles. I’m completely happy with 3. That is amazing! So, my boys LOVE pad thai. We have lots of Vietnamese food around us here so they’ve grown up eating it with friends. They’d be pretty pleased if I sprung this on them.

  21. Baking Serendipity

    I love simple recipes like this one for weeknight meals! And, holy moly, 19 miles!? I’m impressed that this meal was homemade and not take-out after that much running…let alone that you did the dishes! You’re one strong lady!

  22. Jolene (

    Pad Thai is one of my favourite dishes, although I’ve never had the guts to try making it myself! This looks like an easy enough recipe for me to attempt 🙂

  23. Julie @ Table for Two

    oh man, your legs do not sound fun right now..but this pad thai sounds like they need to be somewhere my bellayyy!

  24. Peggy

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and my family LOVED it!! Which is no small feat especially since we have 3 teenage boys who can only seem to agree on pizza, waffles, and rotisserie chicken these days. We did not have any bean sprouts but I did have sugar snap peas which I julienned instead. Yep this is a definite keeper!! (oh we used leftover rotisserie chicken which made it a super quick meal!!)

  25. Cassie

    I cook with these flavors all the time, it seems like I am always buying more soy sauce, more hoisin, etc. And we love pad thai! Sounds great.

  26. Peggy

    This sounds like the perfect dinner for tonight! We have some leftover rotisserie chicken which I can use instead… just to make sure the crowd here will eat it. Nothing like a quick and easy meal on a seriously HOT day!! Thanks! and we have sugar snap peas too… now I’m hungry!

  27. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    5 stars
    Pad Thai is my fave! So comforting no matter when it’s served. 🙂

    And wow, way to kick running butt! See how your husband likes it when you won’t waddle up to make him some more cookies. 😉

  28. Cookin' Canuck

    I can only imagine how sore your legs are right now. I’ve thought of running a Ragnar a few times, but still have to work up my mental fortitude. This Pad Thai looks fantastic…I know my family would love it.

  29. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

    Love this!!! And I’m always in the same boat. Adore pad thai, but anytime I’ve bought the crazy ingredients, I use them like ONCE before they expire. Argh. This sounds great though! 🙂

  30. Kathryn

    This looks like a great weekday supper, full of flavour and packed with good things!

    Also, look at you run! So impressed with what you’re doing.