Chicken Pad Thai

Like a facsimile of your favorite takeout chicken pad Thai -- or perhaps, since there's no transit time, even better.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Ingredients

Noodles:

5 ounces flat rice stick noodles (linguini size)

Sauce:

3 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

2 tablespoons tamarind paste or tamarind concentrate (see Cook's Note) 

1 to 3 tablespoons sriracha (depending on desired heat level) 

1 tablespoon lime juice  

Stir Fry:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup cubed extra-firm tofu (1-by-1/2-inch cubes) 

6 ounces chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 

1 shallot, thinly sliced 

1 large egg, lightly beaten 

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 

1 cup mung bean sprouts 

3 thin scallions, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces (see Cook's Note) 

1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped 

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves 

Lime wedges, for serving  

Directions

  1. For the noodles: Cook the noodles according to the package instructions.
  2. For the sauce: Stir together the fish sauce, brown sugar, tamarind, sriracha and lime juice in a small bowl until well combined.  
  3. For the stir fry: Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Push the tofu to the side, allowing the excess oil to drip down into the middle of the skillet. Add the chicken and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is opaque and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Push to the side with the tofu, allowing the excess oil to drip down into the middle of the skillet. Add the beaten egg to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally and chopping to break up, until cooked through, about 30 seconds. Push the egg to the side with the tofu and chicken. Add the peppers to the skillet and cook just to soften slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the noodles, bean sprouts, scallions and sauce to the skillet. Combine the tofu, chicken and egg into the ingredients and stir fry, coating the ingredients with the sauce, and simmer to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes.   
  4. Pile the stir fry onto a serving plate and top with chopped peanuts and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Cook’s Note

Pad Thai cooks up very fast one you get the heat going. Be sure to have all your ingredients cut and measured out and your sauce mixed before you start cooking. Tamarind paste is a puree of the fruit without the seeds and fibers. You may also find tamarind concentrate, in which case you'll want to dissolve it in 1 tablespoon of hot water first. If you have thicker, large scallions, slice them in half lengthwise before cutting into pieces.