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Pad prik sod recipe is perfect for a Thai chili chicken stir-fry that’s so tender and deliciously spicy with crunchy vegetables, all in just 20 minutes! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, this light dish is delicious over steamed rice but works great as an easy side too.
What is pad prik sod
Pad prik sod is a classic Thai chicken stir-fry with chilies and onions, coated in a savory, sweet, and spicy sauce. Beloved for its simple preparation, it’s the go-to for a quick meal that’s full of Thai flavors.
Chicken stir-fry with chili
This Thai dish, also known as gai pad prik sod, is a total winner. My hubby has nailed this recipe to perfection, whipping it up weekly for the past three years!
The large red and green chilies and onions bring a delightful crunch, and the green onions add a refreshing note.
But the best thing about it is definitely the pad prik sod sauce – a perfect blend of savory, sweet, and spicy, perfectly resembling the key flavors of Thai cuisine.
We often pair this easy stir-fry with jasmine rice, but it’s great with a combo of Thai sticky rice and spicy salads too!
Why try this recipe
- Easy weeknight Thai chicken stir-fry: Whip up this simple dish in just 20 effortlessly minutes! Perfect for cozy evenings, it delivers all the bold and spicy flavors of Thai cuisine at home.
- It’s versatile and easy to customize: You can easily switch up the protein with pork, beef, or seafood. Make it vegetarian by swapping chicken for tofu. Make it less spicy by using fewer chilies or removing the seeds.
- It’s healthy and nutritious: This authentic Thai pad prik sod chicken recipe is low in calories but packed with nutrients from the fresh vegetables. It’s made with lean chicken breast and is so light on the stomach, perfect for diets!
- Perfect for the home cook: With simple preparation and common ingredients, this recipe is doable for every home cook.
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Chicken – Choose chicken breast for a lean option, or opt for chicken thighs for a richer taste. Make sure not to overcook the chicken.
- Large green and red chilies – Large chilies are a key factor of pad prik sod chicken. Use Thai long chili, prik chi faa if available.
- Green onions – Scallions add a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a layer of freshness. Feel free to garnish with freshly chopped green onions before serving.
- Onions – Onions add a hint of natural sweetness, balancing the spiciness of the chilies. I like them crunchy, but you can sauté until they are soft if that’s what you prefer.
- Garlic – A staple in Thai cooking and the base of many stir-fry dishes.
- Light soy sauce – Gives the chicken and veggies a savory flavor without overpowering the taste of the vegetables.
- Dark soy sauce – A splash of dark soy darkens the dish, giving it a glossy hue.
- Oyster sauce – Oyster sauce is the hallmark of Thai stir-fries, infusing it with savory flavors.
- White sugar – A touch of sugar is needed to balance out the spicy and salty flavors.
1. Slice the red and green chilies, remove the seeds if you prefer a milder heat. Chop the white onions into large chunks. Cut the green onions into long pieces.
2. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté minced garlic until fragrant.
3. Add sliced chicken, stirring until the chicken is partially cooked.
4. Mix in the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, and white sugar. Mix thoroughly before continuing.
5. Toss in the sliced chilies and onions, stir-frying until the chicken is fully cooked, and the vegetables are tender to your liking, or 1–2 minutes.
6. Turn off the heat and stir in the green onions until they are slightly wilted. Serve immediately.
- Non-stick wok with spatula or large frying pan
- Cutting board and chef’s knife
- Measuring spoons and cups
Tips for stir-frying
- Adjust to taste before serving: Before serving, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. If it’s too spicy, try adding a bit more sugar. Add a splash of extra soy sauce for more saltiness.
- Avoid overcrowding the wok: Overcrowding can lead to steaming, which can make the ingredients soggy. Cook in batches if needed.
- Prep before cooking: Make sure all your ingredients are chopped and prepped before stir-frying.
How to serve
Serve this delicious pad prik sod over rice as a main-dish or with sticky rice for a complete Thai meal. Sprinkle with freshly chopped green onions or even crushed peanuts before serving.
How to store and reheat
Let the leftovers cool before transferring them to an airtight container. Store the container in the fridge and the leftovers will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
Reheating instructions: Reheat on the stove over medium heat. As a last-minute resort, use the microwave.
Frequently asked questions
Is this recipe gluten-free?
No, this recipe calls for soy sauces which contain gluten.
Can I make pad prik sod vegetarian?
Yes! Swap the chicken for tofu or add extra vegetables. Use a vegetarian oyster sauce alternative like mushroom sauce.
More Thai chicken recipes you’ll love
- Thai green curry chicken stir-fry
- Thai lemongrass chicken recipe
- Authentic chicken pad Thai
- Chicken pineapple fried rice
- Gai pad med mamuang
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Pad Prik Sod Recipe (Thai Chili Chicken Stir-Fry)
This recipe for pad prik sod features tender meat, crunchy vegetables, and an irresistible stir-fry sauce.
Slice the red and green chilies, remove the seeds if you prefer a milder heat. Chop the white onions into large chunks. Cut the green onions into long pieces.
Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté minced garlic until fragrant.
Mix in the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, and white sugar. Mix thoroughly before continuing.
Toss in the sliced chilies and onions, stir-frying until the chicken is fully cooked, and the vegetables are tender to your liking, or 1–2 minutes.
Turn off the heat and stir in the green onions until they are slightly wilted. Serve immediately.
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 485kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 20.3g32%
- Saturated Fat 2.2g12%
- Total Carbohydrate 42.9g15%
- Dietary Fiber 15.2g61%
- Sugars 24.8g
- Protein 37.6g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
- For a mild dish, use fewer chilies or remove the seeds.
- Feel free to switch up the protein with pork, beef, or even tofu.