Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
4 servings

If shopping in an Asian grocery, look for pad thai noodles designated as "XL." At supermarkets, packages will be marked "wide." Check the rice noodles occasionally as they soak. Take a taste to see when they're ready; they'll be slightly chewy and not too soft. Adding the chicken makes this dish a complete meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 tablespoons juice and chicken in a bowl. Let stand 15 minutes.

Step 2

Soak noodles in hot water 15 minutes or until somewhat soft but still slightly chewy. Drain well.

Step 3

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons juice, sugar, and next 4 ingredients (through chile paste). Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Step 4

Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Remove chicken from juice; discard juice. Add chicken to pan; stir-fry 4 minutes or until done. Transfer to large bowl; sprinkle with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add green onions, ginger, and garlic; stir-fry 45 seconds or just until golden and fragrant. Add noodles; cook 30 seconds, tossing well. Stir in sugar mixture. Add chicken; cook 30 seconds. Place 1 1/4 cups noodle mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each with 2 tablespoons basil, 1 tablespoon lemongrass, and 1 tablespoon shallots.

Ratings & Reviews

AliMcLamb's Review

January 31, 2013
Very tasty and easy to adjust to ingredients found in the pantry. Family favourite!

silly87's Review

October 24, 2011

nwilker's Review

January 03, 2011
I love this recipe and it is now a staple on our dinner rotation! I skipped all the end spices - cilantro, lemon grass etc. And it was great. I up-ed the heat to 1 tbl. I too just picked up what asian noodles i could find, and it all worked great!

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

October 12, 2010
This will become a standby in our home. You can find wide rice noodles in Asian markets (even the really small ones) I prefer the fresh ones, which don't need to be soaked first. I swapped out the basil for cilantro, and used minced lemongrass that comes in a tube rather than chopping my own fresh.

raresters's Review

August 04, 2010
that garlic chili powder packs a punch, which i like, but was a little surprised by. I added red peppers and snow peas and was pretty happy with it.

Flits21's Review

January 25, 2010
Good flavor.. though I made some changes, and would not serve to company. I forgot to add the water to the sauce, which made it a bit stronger and saltier. Luckily I did not use the salt at all as fish sauce is salty enough. A bit too strong on lime flavor, maybe would add crushed peanuts at end to counteract. I added some sliced oyster mushrooms and green beans (cut 1/4" on bias) just after I put in the garlic. I doubled the sauce. Didn't use shallots, don't think necessary. Could probably skip lemon grass, perhaps use less and add crushed peanuts.

merrymer's Review

November 11, 2009
This dish tasted great. My husband and I enjoyed all the flavors present. The citrus flavor was prevalent. Using fresh ginger is a must. Make sure you prep all the ingredients before cooking. I, too, couldn't find wide rice noodles so I used smaller ones. I think you could get away with not using lemongrass if you wanted to. I will be making this simple dish again.

MarshaStPo's Review

October 24, 2009
We loved this recipe and I think it will become a frequent meal in our home. I couldn't find the wider rice noodles, so I used the angel-hair-thin rice noodles. It was still fabulous. My picky eaters even loved it!

Saecca's Review

October 19, 2009
I thought this was a good recipe; I think I might have added too much fish sauce, and ruined it a bit. The rest of the flavors are great! I couldn't find the thick noodles, but used some packaged rice noodles in a smaller size. I also used lemon grass from a refrigerated tube. Might have also affected the taste.

julianests's Review

October 06, 2009
Very good dish! However it was extremely spicy due to the chili garlic paste. We'll cut back on that next time. We were unable to find lemongrass in our grocery stores so we had to do withouth.