Quick and Easy Pad Thai
First up - I'll have to admit that this dish does not taste like your typical authentic pad thai dish that you may order from a Thai restaurant. (want to make sure I set your expectations straight!) HOWEVER, if you are looking for a recipe that is quick and easy and contains most of the various components that make up a pad thai dish, then this dish is for you!
Normally I like to plan my meals for the week, but sometimes you just get too busy during the week and then all of a sudden when it comes to dinner time, it is a bit of a panic as you don't want to order takeout and you don't want to begin eating dinner at 8 or 9pm at night. That's what happened with me this Friday evening as I was returning home - I realised that I did not have much left in the fridge and needed to make a meal, eat, and get ready to head out all within an hour! So, I began perusing my ingredients and what I had available in my pantry, and there came this pad thai!
- Half pack (or 225 grams) Rice Noodles
- Vegetables, chopped
- 1.5 tablespoons Chili Paste
- 1.5 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1.5 tablespoons Water
- 2.5 tablespoons Peanut Butter
- 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Ketchup
- 2 medium-sized Chicken Breast, cut into slices
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- Mix together the chili paste, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, and ketchup in a separate bowl until smooth. Set aside.
- Boil a pot of water. Once boiled place rice noodles into pot for about 3 minutes (they cook fast!) Drain water and set aside.
- Heat a wok on medium heat and add oil and garlic. Add chicken to cook until cooked through, followed by vegetables. If using left over chicken, toss in the vegetables to cook first, then the chicken to warm it up.
- Add rice noodles into the wok. Pour sauce over the noodle mixture, toss noodles, meat and vegetables together and serve!
Set of Ingredients
Sauce mixture and Chicken Cut Up
And with that, you can see that this recipe was incredibly quick and easy to make, with few steps! As always, a few notes:
- This is a great recipe to make if you have left over chicken breasts sitting in your fridge, as well as if you have chicken breasts available to cook.
- As I was out of fresh vegetables, I made this using a bag of frozen vegetables I had available in the freezer. I love having frozen vegetables available as you never know when you may need it like in a time like this when you realise you don't have any more fresh vegetables available (but you do want to get your greens in to your diet!)
- If you are truly trying to make this as authentic to a pad thai recipe, replace the vegetables with "bean sprouts".
- You can also garnish your noodles with chopped up peanuts and lime slices to top off the meal (though, since mine is using ingredients I had available at home I made do with out this). But, you can add these items if you have available and would like to impress your family or guests :)
- If you prefer more spicy dishes, you can add additional chili paste to this recipe as you see fit.
- I love keeping my pantry stocked, especially when I don't necessarily know what I plan to eat for dinner each day. By having a pantry full of items such as noodles, canned soups, canned sauces, canned vegetables etc., you can put together so many great meals if you are in a rush.
- I also love keeping my fridge/pantry stocked with necessity sauces - ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce.. you name it! If you've got sauce, you can make anything pretty flavorful and pretty quickly if you are in time crunches a lot of the time during dinner time.
Don't let dinner time cause you to ever become in a panic. If you've got basic ingredients available in your fridge and pantry, there is so much that you can make quickly and easily, but still with great flavour, like this pad thai dish. Enjoy!