Chicken pad thai with lime wedges and crispy onions

super easy


A couple of years ago my sister was studying for her exams and she asked me if I could come cook for her so that she had more time to focus on her studying. I let her pick a recipe and she went for her favorite take-out meal ‘Chicken pad thai’, which was something I had only eaten once before so all I could do was keep my fingers crossed and hope it would turn out exactly as she was looking for. Luckily for me, she really enjoyed it!

Though it was the first time I made it, I decided to make my own pad thai sauce, instead of going for store bought. Now, it may seem a bit weird that I used crispy friend onions, but that’s because I just don’t like ginger, which is usually what they put on top of Pad Thai. I did serve it with some lime wedges, which give such a great contrast to the somewhat sweet sauce.

When I originally made this recipe I used some satay spices, which you can find everywhere in Belgium, but as I couldn’t find the same thing in Ireland, I decided to make up my own mixture that is somewhat similar and goes really well with this recipe.

Chicken pad thai with lime wedges and crispy onions

Chicken pad thai with lime wedges and crispy onions


Adjust Servings
200g Thai rice noodles
3 eggs
350g chicken fillets
4 spring onions
200g bean sprouts
120g peanuts
2 crushed cloves of garlic
150ml warm water
2tbsp tamarind paste
4tbsp fish sauce
6tbsp sweet chilli sauce
6tbsp brown sugar
2tsp satay spices Can't find satay spices? Make your own mixture! Mix 2 teaspoons of paprika powder with 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. Mix it together and you are good to go (remember to only take 2 teaspoons in this recipe, not the whole mixture)
1 chicken stock cube
6tbsp crispy fried onions
1 lime


Remove the top (the darkest few cm at the top) and bottom(the little moustache) of the spring onions and finely slice them.
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Cook the noodles according to instructions on the package, but add 1 chicken stock cube to the water.
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Whisk the eggs together in a glass, heat up a bit of butter in a pan and fry the eggs until you have scrambled eggs.
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Heat up olive oil in a frying pan and add the spring onions and garlic.
Wait until the onions start to cook, add the chicken and cover them with the satay spices.
Let them cook until the chicken is browned, then add the peanuts and bean sprouts.
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Dissolve the tamarind paste in the warm water, add fish sauce, chilli sauce and brown sugar and mix it all together and add it to the rest of the food.
Once your noodles are done, drain the water and add the scrambled eggs and crispy fried onions to the sauce and let them heat up along with the rest of the sauce for just a couple of minutes.
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Serve with some lime wedges.
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  • Sophie Louise Buckle

    This looks like a fabulous recipe! Pad Thai is one of my absolute faves but ~I would never have known where to start!!! Thank you!!
    Sophie x

  • Abby

    When we were in Bangkok, we ate Pad Thai almost every single day! Thanks for sharing this recipe – hopefully I can recreate that flavor we’ve been longing for since we left Bangkok.
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Donna Hennessy

    Beautiful Tine! I am eating way too much Thai food at the moment and this looks right up my street.

  • Bianca Sasha

    This looks so yum. pad thai is one of my favourite flavours!

  • Nadia El Ferdaoussi

    What nuts would you suggest substituting the peanuts for (not allergic just don’t like them)? Would cashews work?

    • Tine

      Absolutely, it would give it a bit of a different taste but it’ll go well with it for sure. I would opt for salted & roasted cashews though, so it’ll be even more similar!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Love all your pictures. Everything looks amazing. Must pin for later. 🙂

  • jovaniamichelepierre

    I bought a pack of rice noodles and sauce to make pad thai but I didn’t love the sauce so might try this one instead!

  • Mom Noms

    Wow, power to you making your own sauce the first time you made it! That’s amazing! This looks delicious!

  • Caption Da Fashion

    This dish looks so YUMMY! I LOVE ginger and onion rings. So I’ll definitely put both of these on top of the Pad Thai. As far as the spices. I like red crush pepper. Do you think it’ll be too much being the it has cayenne pepper?

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Wow! This looks so good. I love your food pics. You are very talented.

  • Leah Hall

    This sounds fantastic! What a delicious meal!

  • Cait

    Yum! This dish looks healthy and delicious. I’m definitely going to try this one out soon.

  • Follow My Gut

    Pad thai is a fave of mine and I love how delish this looks. If you ever need a taste tester, let me know!
    Danielle | <3

  • Bobbi @BobbisKozyKtchn

    You know I have never had pad thai before? I need to give this a try!!

  • Shelly

    I love pad thai but have never been confident enough to try it ago home. Maybe now I will!

  • Chel Williams @ Oh Chel

    I love – love – LOOOOOVE pad thai. Never actually attempted to cook it before, but with this recipe I might give this a try. I like that you even placed a homemade version of the satay spices. I have everything expect the nutmeg. Bonus! Totally pinning this for a later use. Thanks so much!

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