One Skillet Dinner: Chicken Pad Thai

Quick and Easy Chicken Pad Thai |

The other day we found ourselves at a mountain bike store (go on, show me your surprised face) for gear that would keep us just a wee bit warmer with the recent temperature drops. We only purchased two things but our bill was just shy of $100.00. I would have never known bicycling was an expansive hobby. My lowest bill yet in a store was $50 or so I think. And that was just for tubes in the tires. (To be fair, they are fancy tubes that promise to not go flat, called tubeless… but you get my point). Between mountain biking, wood working, photography, and eating well, I forbid any more expensive hobbies.

If we somehow manage to find ourselves twiddling our thumbs long enough to want another hobby, I told him it was dried macaroni, glue sticks, and finger paint all the way.

In an attempt to raise some funds for said hobbies, I’m throwing a little plug in here for my Etsy Shop. I make little hostess aprons which are a lot of fun and great gifts. And yes, before anyone mentions it, I know making aprons is just one more hobby, but really, look how cute they are? I have like three I keep on stand by in my own kitchen. So, go on, check out the aprons, fund my addictions hobbies!

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Fast and Easy Chicken Pad Thai \

One Skillet Dinner: Chicken Pad Thai

One Skillet Dinner: Chicken Pad Thai


  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 teas freshly zested lime peel
  • 3 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbs packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 teas rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs siracha
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size strips
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup scallions, sliced
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro, snipped


Place noodles in a large bowl. Add hot water to cover and let stand 10 – 15 minutes until pliable, but not soft. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine peanuts and lime peel; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and chili sauce.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the 1 tbs oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic; cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Add egg to hot skillet and cook for 30 seconds. Turn egg with spatula and cook for 30 seconds more, until just set. Remove from skillet and chop.

Heat the remaining 2 tbs oil over high heat for 30 seconds. Add the drained noodles and bean sprouts. Toss and cook for 2 minutes. Add the fish sauce mixture and chicken to the skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among plates and sprinkle with egg, peanuts, scallions, and fresh cilantro.

Adapted From

Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication: Chicken


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  1. says

    Gah, I luuuuuurve chicken pad thai, but I can never seem to find a recipe that isn’t long and tedious. By now I simply assumed this was an inherently complicated recipe. I look forward to trying this seemingly-simple one out!

    Also, adorable aprons! 😀

  2. says

    Kita, I saw this post on G+ and dashed right over. I love Pad Thai but I’ve yet to try making it at home—that will change soon. What cinched it? The one skillet qualifier! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and while I’m not an apron-wearing guy, your creations are nice!

  3. says

    I have one of your aprons and I wear it all the time when I’m in the kitchen!! :) It’s adorable! I’ll hop over and see what I can find. AND I’ll buy 10 for a bowl of this deliciousness! 😉

  4. says

    Those are the cutest aprons! I have way too many but when I need one, I am coming to you. Love it! And this pad thai – can’t wait for some of this. It’s a favorite in our house!

  5. Jenn says

    I love the idea of a one-skillet dish, always makes me want to try. :) I’m totally with you on the expensive hobbies, my husband’s is beer-brewing and mine is sewing, and no more than that. :)

  6. says

    First, I have that same place mat! (seriously, I noticed it first thing :) ) Next, bike stuff is so expensive! I bought bike lights for two bikes and was set back $70! I’m only biking in the dark now to get my moneys worth! And… your aprons are super cute and this food looks delicious. So much in one post!

  7. says

    Why do all the fun hobbies always have to be so expensive?! I guess that’s what makes them so fun, eh?
    This pad thai looks stellar, by the way =)

  8. Jill says

    the pad thai looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it. as for the dried macaroni, glue and finger paints, sounds like you are ready for a different job?!? As for the aprons, so cute, might end up on my christmas list! I have my mom-mom’s apron, I wear when I make special recipes of hers or family traditions, makes me feel closer to her, but a cute one with my own personality would be nice too!!

  9. says

    I’m still recovering from the initial sticker shock of just buying a bike, so I hear you! This yummy pad thai would make a great contribution to this month’s Shine Supper Club (the theme is pasta!). I hope you’ll join us!

  10. says

    I missed this the first time so I’m glad you reposted it today. First, third sentence in; “I would have never known bicycling was an expansive hobby.” Sure, it’s an expansive hobby, but you probably mean expensive, no? :) Second, I’ve never made or tasted pad thai. Don’t tell anyone I said that. I intend to change both facts with this recipe.

  11. LH says

    Found this linked via This recipe was PERFECTION! BF and I can’t get over how easy it was to make, yet so delicious. Loved it!


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