Yesterday was Kent’s birthday. He loves Carrot Cake and Pad Thai. I have baked him carrot cake for years. I started making Pad Thai for his birthday the last couple of years. He is the only one who really likes the Pad Thai so he has plenty of leftovers for lunch during the week. Happy Birthday to my hubby!! Hope you enjoy this simple and delicious meal.
1 (12-14 ounce) package wide ride noodles (I use 12 ounces, that makes PLENTY!)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces (you could use breasts and turkey is also an option)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon fish sauce (you could use up to 3 Tablespoons, but 1 Tablespoon is all I use. Kent told me this year he could do without. Next year I may not use at all!)
3 Tablespoons white sugar
2 cups chicken broth or water (whatever works for you, I use both, depends on what I have in the cupboard)
2 cups bean sprouts
2 Tablespoons crushed red pepper (this makes it spicy, we like it that way. If you are not into spicy, use less)
2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup crushed cashews (we use unsalted. You could also use peanuts)
5 green onions (sliced thin. I only use the green part)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, rough chopped (you can use up to 1 cup if you wish)
1. Soak rice noodles in cold water 30-50 minutes (or more, I sometimes soak go up to 90 minutes) or until soft. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat 2 Tablespoons butter in a wok or large heavy skillet. Saute chicken until browned. Remove and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in pan over medium high heat. Crack eggs into hot oil, and cook until firm. (I mix with a whisk or spatula to a texture of scrambled eggs) Stir in chicken and cook 5 minutes. Add softened noodles, vinegar, fish sauce, water, sugar and crushed red pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste. Mix while cooking until noodles are tender, 5-10 minutes.
3. Add bean sprouts, splash of soy sauce and mix for 3 minutes.
4. Place noodles on platter, sprinkle with green onions, cilantro and crushed cashews.
**My one suggestion is to have everything all cut, crushed and chopped when you are ready to make it. This makes the process much easier and smoother. Enjoy!!