Simple ingredients come together in this straight forward but delicious pad thai recipe.
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5 from 2 votes

pad thai for the rest of us

This is a simple straight forward pad thai using easy to get ingredients. Do your prep before you start cooking. This dish comes together in under 10 minutes.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pad thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 796kcal
Author: glebe kitchen


  • 8 oz rice noodles (ban pho) - about 1/2 a package
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp tamarind concentrate or white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek or srirachi
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp peanuts chopped plus more to serve.
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro plus more to serve
  • lime wedges


  • Soak the rice noodles in lukewarm water for 30-45 minutes. They will turn white but still be quite firm.
  • Prep all your ingredients. Chop your vegetables. Cut the chicken into 3/4 inch cubes.
  • Combine the fish sauce, brown sugar, tamarind concentrate, tomato paste and sambal oelek in a small bowl. This is your liquid mixture.
  • Heat a well seasoned wok or large non-stick frying pan. Add the oil.
  • When the oil starts to shimmer, add the chicken and cook until chicken is just done - about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook, stirring, for another 30 seconds.
  • Mix in the noodles. Stir to coat the noodles with oil. Cook about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Be careful not to break the noodle strands.
  • Add the liquid mixture and stir. Remove from heat.
  • Mix in the red pepper, green onions, cilantro and bean sprouts.
  • Serve, topped with chopped peanuts.
  • Pass the lime wedges, sambal oelek, cilantro and chopped peanuts to allow people to tweak to their individual tastes.


You can replace the chicken with shrimp. Just make sure you don't overcook the shrimp. You can also replace the chicken with tofu or use a mix of any of the three.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 796kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 4039mg | Potassium: 1098mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1390IU | Vitamin C: 58.2mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3.5mg