I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you guys! Today hubby patiently obliged for me to photograph the process.
Pad Thai is one of my favorite meals– in fact, in was one of the only foods I could tolerate while pregnant. Since our go-to Thai restaurant is a little out of the way, hubby created his own version that can stand up to authentic take-out.
The key to making Pad Thai possible at home without taking a long time is knowing when to take shortcuts and when to use fresh ingredients. Pre-made sauce shortens time spent in the kitchen as well as your shopping list, but be sure to combine with fresh veggies and protein for the best flavor.
This recipe is actually very easy– it’s mostly prep (cutting, chopping, etc) and then putting together the ingredients. You can use one sauté pan to cook everything aside from the noodles.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 box Pad Thai style rice noodles
- 1 jar Pad Thai sauce
- 1lb chicken, cubed
- 1lb shrimp, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 4 eggs
- 2 small yellow onions, sliced thinly
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts (may substitute with canned)
- 1-2 bunches of green onion, chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1TB soy sauce
- 1TB Mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we used cashews, though peanuts are traditional)
Prepare noodles according to instructions on package and set aside. (You can do this while you are cooking the other ingredients.)
STEP 1: Saute onions until brown. Set aside in large mixing bowl.
STEP 2: Saute chicken (may use the same pan in which you cooked the onions) with soy sauce and mirin. When chicken is partially cooked, add shrimp, 1 cup of mung bean sprouts (they will cook down– this is a great way to hide more veggies for the kids), and mushrooms.
STEP 3: When mushrooms start to soften, remove all ingredients from pan and add to large mixing bowl with the sautéed onions. Scramble eggs and add to mixing bowl.
STEP 4: Add noodles, green onions, remaining cup of mung bean sprouts, and sauce. Stir until ingredients are well-combined.
STEP 5: Add cilantro and nuts to garnish. That’s it–easy right? Enjoy!