Thai Stir-Fried Noodles with Chicken ('Pad Thai Gai')

Thai Noodles with Chicken
Simply Delicious Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Chicken!. D.Schmidt for About.com
    28 mins
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This scrumptious noodle recipe 'Pad Thai Gai' is the real deal - a version of famous Pad Thai (only easier!) direct from Thailand. It features stir-fried rice noodles with chicken in a tangy sauce along with toppings of chopped nuts and basil. The noodles are stir-fried until they have that famous Thai sticky/chewy taste. You'll love the sweet-sour balance of flavors along with the comforting combination of chicken and noodles. An easy, everyday dish that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Makes enough to serve 2 hungry people or more. From my Thai kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this simple, wonderful Thai street food dish.

What You'll Need

  • 8 oz./220g.Thai Rice Noodles
  • 1/2 lb. chicken breast or thigh, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot OR cabbage
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup crushed or roughly chopped peanuts OR cashews
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • handful fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts or cashews, unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • STIR-FRY SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup good-tasting chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 tsp. brown sugar
  • chili flakes to taste

How to Make It

  1. Boil rice noodles until too tough to serve but soft enough to eat - a firm 'al dente' (noodles will finish cooking when you fry them so avoid overcooking at this point). Drain and rinse with cold water to keep from sticking.
  2. Stir all 'Stir-fry Sauce' ingredients together in a cup. Drizzle 2 Tbsp. over the chopped chicken and stir.
  3. Heat a wok or large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle in oil and swirl around, then add garlic. Stir-fry 1 minute.
  1. Add chicken and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add carrot/cabbage, drizzling over a little more stir-fry sauce if pan becomes dry.
  2. Push ingredients aside and crack egg into the middle. Scramble quickly and incorporate with other ingredients.
  3. Add noodles and 1/4 of the stir-fry sauce, using two utensils to lift and turn them in the pan. Stir-fry 30 seconds and add more sauce, continuing in this way until most of the sauce has been used. Add bean sprouts and continue stir-frying another 2-3 minutes. Taste-test and add remaining sauce if you'd like more flavor. Add a little more fish sauce for even greater depth of flavor.
  4. Serve topped with chopped nuts, spring onion, and fresh basil. Garnish with lime wedges and squeeze over just before eating.

If You Liked This Recipe: Be sure to try Chicken Pad Thai, the most famous and popular of all Thai noodle dishes. ENJOY!