Pad Thai

New to Thai food? Over the last few years I’ve adventured into Thai food and while I’m not the hugest fan of Chinese food, I really do love Thai.  I think sometimes it gets a stigma of being really spicy or “weird” for those who aren’t too adventurous but I’ve found that not to be true at all!  In fact, most of the ingredients are common to other Asian cuisines, they are just mixed together in a way that we might not have thought of before.  This recipe was inspired from a great blog that I read, although her version was Vegan, so I switched it up a little to better fit my preferences.  I hope someone will give it a try because it really is a delicious, non-spicy, EASY weekday recipe, and a famous one in Thai restaurants (but half the price to make it yourself!).  Also feel free to switch out the vegetable for something else or replace chicken for shrimp, or leave out the meat all together.  Whatever you prefer!

Pad Thai

You will need:

8 oz dried rice noodles (buy the brown rice noodles if you can find them, I only had access to the white ones at the time, but brown are definitely healthier if you can get them.. here is a picture if these are new to you.  $2.89 a box but you only need half the box).

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 tbsp. brown sugar

3 tbsp. lime juice

4 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce (soy sauce can be VERY high in sodium, so shoot for as low as you can.  Anything with a “daily value” of 20% or above on the label is considered “high”, and in my opinion, too high to buy).

2 tsp. canola or olive oil

3 scallions- thinly sliced

1 garlic clove- minced

1 bunch broccoli

1/4 cup peanuts

What to do:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water
  2. Steam broccoli-if you don’t have a steamer, you should get one because they are cheap! but you can also just boil the veggies :)
  3. Dice chicken breasts up with knife or scissors into bite size chunks.  Lightly salt and pepper.  Heat oil in large non-stick pan, saute chicken for a few minutes until white all the way through.
  4. While chicken is cooking, whisk together brown sugar, lime and soy sauce in a small bowl
  5. When chicken is cooked, add scallions and garlic to the pan.  Stir until fragrant, then add broccoli, noodles, and soy sauce mixture to skillet.  Toss until everything is coated with the sauce.  Remove from heat.
  6. Mix in peanuts and serve.

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