Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai

During the week, I am always looking for quick and easy meals. Asian cuisine is usually my go-to. I love the combination of subtle spice and fresh herbs. This variation of Pad Thai ticks all the right boxes.

This Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai was a real hit in our house. It was quick and easy to whip up and all the flavors work together in perfect harmony. As usual, I cooked far too much. Turns out this also reheats wonderfully. Double win. 

I have been feeling a little guilty this week. I usually post recipes Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. That hasn't happened this week! I have the recipes sitting here waiting to go but just have not had the time to do anything about it! My self-imposed PhD submission date is looming, suddenly this has gotten me stressed and anxious beyond words! So I apologize for the uncharacteristically slow posting!

Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai

Serves 4

250 g dried rice noodles
3 Tbsp fish sauce
4 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp Peanut butter
1 Tbsp tamarind sauce
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red chili, finely diced
200 g raw shrimp (or prawns as we call them here!)
1 Skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced
1 Cup mung bean sprouts
1 carrot, sliced into match sticks
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
1/3 Cup roasted peanuts, chopped (or whole, if you're as lazy as me)

1. Soak rice noodles in a pot of hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Combine the fish sauce, chili sauce, and peanut butter in a small bowl.

3. Heat oil and tamarind sauce in a wok (or large fry pan). Add garlic, chili, chicken, prawns, carrot, and pepper. Stir fry for about 4 minutes, until the chicken and prawns are cooked.

4. Add the noodles and the sauce mix. Stir fry for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the spring onions, coriander, bean sprouts, and peanuts.

5. Serve in bowls garnished with extra peanuts.


  1. What a lovely and tasty recipe. Exactly what I love. Congrats!

  2. I have been looking for a good pad thai recipe and this looks fabulous. Will definitely be giving it a go!

  3. I love pad thai! I don't make it nearly enough. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This pad thai looks delicious! Hang in there Nicole! I don't know how you do all that you do...rooting for you!!

  5. Such a fan of pad thai so thanks for your recipe. Look forward to checking it out!

  6. Pad Thai is always delicious especially with shrimp! Looks fantastic.

  7. I know what you mean about the posting. I usually only post recipes on Monday and sometimes that's a struggle. And this week I posted recipes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If I could have saved them and spread them out, I would have, but I couldn't. Now I have to figure out Monday!! I have tons of pictures but no time to write! Anyway, this looks wonderful! I'd definitely like to try it!

  8. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog post with us at the #PureBlogLove recipe and DIY craft Link Party. I enjoyed dropping by and checking your blog post out and look forward to seeing you next week on Thursday at 8pm est- Sunday at midnight! Thanks again!
    Heidy L. McCallum