Authentic Pad Thai


This is an authentic pad thai recipe with rice noodles, chicken, peanuts, and stir-fried eggs in a traditional tamarind sauce. Garnish with fresh bean spouts and chives. This recipe was inspired by the pad thai at Thai Tom. 

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 12 ounces dried rice noodles

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar

  • ¼ cup fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into thin strips

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup coarsely ground peanuts

  • 2 cups bean sprouts

  • ½ cup chopped fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon paprika, or to taste

  • 1 medium lime, cut into wedges


  1. Place rice noodles into a large bowl and cover with several inches of room temperature water; let soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain.

  2. Whisk 1/2 cup sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, and tamarind paste together in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in eggs; scramble until eggs are nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and rice noodles and stir until well combined.

  5. Stir in tamarind mixture, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and salt; cook until noodles are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in peanuts and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with bean sprouts, chives, and paprika; serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

583 Calories
21g Fat
79g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 583
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 1479mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 425mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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