Brad Ball’s Chicken Pad Thai

In the latest in our great chefs at home recipe series, Brad Ball of Bistro Sixteen82 shares his recipe for Chicken Pad Thai with us. Saucy, spicy and nutty, this is a real crowd-pleaser!

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: Around 5 minutes


250g Thai rice noodles
2 thinly sliced chicken breast fillets
1 tsp corflour dissolved in 3 tbsp soy sauce
Thumb size piece of peeled and minced fresh ginger
fresh red chillies
3 cups fresh bean sprouts
1/4 cup chicken stock
3/4 Tbsp tamarind paste
1/4 cup warm water
4 Tbsp fish sauce
4 Tbsp or more dried crushed chilli
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3 sliced spring onions
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
1/3 crushed peanuts
a pinch of ground white pepper


Bring a large pot of water to the boil and remove from heat. Dunk in the rice noodles. Allow noodles to soak. Noodles are ready when they are soft enough to be eaten, but are still al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

Combine the Pad Thai sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Stir well to dissolve the tamarind paste and brown sugar. Set aside. (This may seem like a lot of sugar, but you need it to balance out the sourness of the tamarind – this balance is important).

Marinade the chicken in cornstarch and soy sauce. Warm up a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Fry chili and ginger for 30 seconds. Add chicken, with its marinade. Stir-fry for 1 minute. When wok/pan becomes dry, add a little chicken stock.

Add the noodles, and pour the Pad Thai sauce over. Using tongs gently stir-fry the noodles for a minute or two. Add the bean sprouts and season with the pepper. Continue stir frying until the noodles are soft. (Around 2 minutes). Add a touch of stock again if it seems too dry.

Top with generous amounts of fresh coriander, spring onion and chopped nuts. Squeeze the limes over the top.

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