Classic Chicken Pad Thai

"This recipe is a combination of several recipes that I like - I was trying to copy a meal that is served at a restaurant here in Phoenix called Pei Wei - I think I did it! This is fabulous! Great flavor. Instead of rice noodles we used the whole wheat fettuccini noodles from Trader Joe's. An optional ingredient would be to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of curry powder also. That should be added when cooking the onion and chicken in the first step. Enjoy! For those of you have made this before I have tweeked this just a bit. I've added the vinegar in the sauce. Went back to Pei Wei and discovered it was missing vinegar! Reduced the oil and the amount of chicken as well."
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  • In a bowl combine all sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Cook noodles or pasta, drain, and set aside.
  • In a large, deep skillet, over medium heat, cook chicken and onions in canola and sesame oil. Halfway through cooking, add garlic to pan. When chicken is done add sugar peas and stir to heat (about a minute or two). Add sauce mixture and stir to coat chicken. Little by little add cooked noodles or pasta stirring to coat.
  • Serve garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro.

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  1. crazycoconut4404
    Too much vinegar, soy sauce, and lime for my taste. I remade the sauce after making it as directed, but this time added only a splash of vinegar, soy sauce, and lime and was really pleased with the flavor. I will definitely make this again!
  2. swiz58
    I made it as directed and added bean sprouts as suggested. It definitely needs the curry and I would add more chilis. It was okay but I wouldn't make it again.
  3. mcmahan03
    This is the best Pad Thai sauce recipe! Even beats most restaurants in my opinion! Love it with chicken, bok choy, bean sprouts, onion, and sugar snap peas...yum! Thanks for posting!!!
  4. Pletcha
    Made this last night and loved it! I added the curry to the chicken and am glad that I did because it was delicious! Also, I didn't have creamy pb so I used my all natural crunchy and skipped adding peanuts at the end. Also used lots of cilantro, my fav! Thanks so much for the amazing recipe!!
  5. sbera007
    Very good and very easy! We doubled the crushed red pepper and it was hot, but that is exactly how we like it. I left out the onion b/c I am not a fan. We didn't have any peas either, but I will add them next time. I added the suggested curry as well. It filled the house with the scent of so many complex spices. Thanks!


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