Friday, November 15, 2013

Chicken Pad Thai with Basil

Pad Thai is one of my favorite Asian noodle dishes.  I have been excited to share a Pad Thai recipe for a long time... so I was so happy when I finally came up with a recipe I really loved.  My husband and I ate this dish and both wanted to eat the leftovers.  I opted to change the traditional bean sprouts for matchstick carrots in this recipe since my husband is not a fan of bean sprouts.  I actually love the carrots because it also gave a great color to the dish.  I definitely won't order Pad Thai from Thai takeout anymore... this is totally the best homemade takeout and I can't wait to make it again.

1lb of ground chicken
1 cup carrots cut into matchsticks
3-4 eggs
1lb Pho noodles
1-2 Tbs Sambal Olek
2 Tbs minced garlic
red chili flake to aste
1 bunch green onion
1 cup Thai basil leaves

Pad Thai Sauce
2 Tbs Tamarind Paste
1/3 cup water
4-6 Tbs fish sauce
1 Tbs soy sauce
1/3 cup light brown sugar  (not packed tight)

Garnish: Chopped Peanuts
lime wedges


Mix all ingredients for Pad Thai sauce and set aside.

Boil water and steep the noodles until tender. Then drain.

Crack eggs into frying pan and gently cook.  Set aside until later.

Brown chicken then add garlic and chili flakes. 

Add green onions  and carrots.  You can add bean sprouts here if you wish.  We prefer carrots.

Add Thai basil leaves.

Add cooked noodles and Pad Thai sauce.   Toss with noodles well. Adjust fish sauce to taste.

Garnish with egg and chopped peanuts.  Serve hot. Enjoy.

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  1. Padthai is my fav too & your noodles look so yumm! its been a long time since I had thai food & I am craving for some now.

  2. I had some pad thai the other week for the first time in forever. I forgot home much i LOVE it. Yours looks delicious. Want to come over for dinner?

  3. I hope to some day come over for dinner :) Your dishes always look so good, Ramona!

  4. omg Ramona I don't know if I can handle this kind of power: I may never eat anything again! Teehee I just love pad thai so much and to make it at home, with no waiting for the delivery guy, sounds AHMAZING! :D

  5. Now that we have a few more gourmet markets in town, I am going to have to see if I can find the elusive tamarind paste. I remember hunting everywhere for it when I wanted to make my first pad thai. I ended up making a less authentic version without. I love this dish...and yours looks perfect!

  6. This is a wonderful version of famous Pad Thai my friend, you are definitely emulating the true creators of this delicious dish :D


  7. Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes. Love the basil in this!

  8. oh my, one of my fav thai dishes! looks amazing!

  9. Very colorful and it looks very filling. Plus it comes together quickly, A+!!

  10. My favorite Thai noodles , even I hate bean sprout so this recipe is ideal for me and Nice photo :)

  11. came together quickly but there's not enough sauce for my taste. Tastes yummy, I'm eating it now but I'll make more sauce in the future or use about 3/4lb noodles.


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