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A festive Asian-Classic Pad Thai with Chicken in a white bowl with chopsticks on top of a bamboo place mat

Classic Chicken Pad Thai

Course: Asian
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Chicken, Pad Thai
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 294kcal
This is the ultimate Classic Chicken Pad Thai! So satisfying and real Thai flavor. If you can't find any of the ingredients in your local markets, they can easily be ordered online.
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  • Wok, or large sturdy skillet/pan


  • 1 chicken breast chopped into to small bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • tbsp soy sauce
  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 3 tbsp oil stir-fry wok oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 3 cups bean sprouts
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • cup coriander seeds dried
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts chopped in a grinder, or food prosecutor, or with a knife
  • 1 lime cut into wedges, for garish


  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar


  • Slice the chicken into small pieces and put in a bowl.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce and pour over the chicken. Stir well. Set aside.
  • To make the Pad Thai sauce, dissolve the tamarind paste in the hot water, then add all other sauce ingredients, stirring to combine and dissolve the sugar.
  • Separately, soak the noodles in a pot of pre-boiled water until they are nice and soft.
  • Drain the noodles, and then rinse with cold water.
  • Heat your wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of oil plus the garlic. Stir fry until fragrant.
  • Add the marinated chicken and chicken stock and stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the rice noodles to the wok plus the Pad Thai sauce.
  • Using a couple of utensils, or a pair of tongs, quickly stir-fry the noodles using a tossing motion (like tossing a salad).
  • Stir-fry 2 minutes.
  • Mix in the bean sprouts and white pepper,
  • Continue stir-frying for 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with the chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, coriander, chopped cilantro. Mix these in, and leave some for garnish on top.
  • Serve with sliced lime.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 809mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg