This Chicken Pad Thai Meal Prep is the best way to enjoy delicious pad thai on-the-go. You can take it with you for work or school lunches that last the entire week! It’s healthier, less expensive than restaurant food, and it’s a time-saver too. Plus video tutorial!
If you love pad thai like we do, then you’re happy to eat it more than once in a week 🙂 We’ve adapted our popular Chicken Pad Thai recipe for meal prep to produce flavorful pad thai on-the-go.
The best part, the pad thai flavors improve as each day passes. Throw in a wedge of lime for a burst of fresh flavor before serving, and your colleagues will have serious food envy!
Meal prep allows you to have a delicious homemade meal on-the-go. It’s healthier and less expensive than fast food or restaurants, allowing you to stick to your diet and save time especially when schedules get hectic during the week.
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Tips for Selecting Meal Prep Containers
Having a decent set of meal prep containers makes meal prep easier and faster while keeping you organized. Most containers have a rectangular shape and will hold 4-5 cups or 28 oz of food. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing them:
- Brand and size: Buy the same brand and size of containers, so you don’t have to endlessly sort through mismatched lids and containers!
- Quantity: You want to buy a pack of at least 10 containers to have enough ready to be loaded up at any time.
- Material: Microwaveable, BPA-free plastic containers like these ones are the best lightweight option. If you prefer to avoid plastic, then glass containers like these ones are a good alternative.
How to Make Pad Thai Meal Prep
Pad thai is easier to make than you might think. Here are the four main steps for making pad thai meal prep:
- Step 1 – Prepare the noodles: Any wide rice noodle like this one will do. Simply follow the package directions, which usually involves soaking in water and draining.
- Step 2 – Fry the chicken and vegetables: Heat a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the oil followed by chicken pieces and saute for several minutes with a wooden spoon. Add in the garlic, bell peppers and carrots and saute 2-3 minutes more.
- Step 3 – Scramble the eggs: Mix in the softened noodles, green onions, brown sugar, rice vinegar and fish sauce. Push everything aside to the edges of the pan, leaving space in the center. Add the beaten eggs and scramble using the wooden spoon. Then mix the scrambled eggs into the noodle mixture.
- Step 4 – Assemble and serve: Add in the bean spouts sauté for up to a minute according to your preference. Remove from heat and garnish with crushed peanuts, cilantro and fresh lime. You’re done!
For the meal prep, you may wish to add the crushed peanuts, cilantro and lime on the day for maximum flavor. However, you can definitely do it ahead of time for simplicity.
You can reheat pad thai meal prep in the microwave for 3-5 minutes depending on the power and container size. You can also freeze pad thai successfully as long as you don’t include the fresh cilantro and lime.
Watch How to Make Pad Thai Meal Prep
This short video tutorial will show you how to make Pad Thai Meal Prep:
Chicken Pad Thai Meal Prep (with Video)
This Chicken Pad Thai Meal Prep is the best way to enjoy delicious pad thai on-the-go for work or school lunches. It's healthier, less expensive than restaurant food, and it's a time-saver too!
- 10 oz Thai rice noodles
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 carrots sliced into thin strips
- 1 red bell pepper sliced into thin strips
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 4 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 green onions chopped (divided)
- 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts optional
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup peanuts crushed
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- 1 lime cut into 6 wedges
- red pepper flakes optional
- Prepare rice noodles according to the instructions on the package. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large non-stick wok or skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and sauté until slightly brown.
Add bell pepper, carrots and garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes.
Add the noodles, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fish sauce and green onions, sautéeing for one more minute. (Optional: Add red pepper flakes)
Push the chicken mixture the edge of the pan and add the beaten eggs into the center. Scramble with the spoon until the eggs have cooked through.
Add in bean sprouts and sauté for another minute, tossing everything together.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Arrange in meal prep containers, topping each with crushed peanuts, cilantro and a wedge of lime. Enjoy!
Add the toppings to the container on the day of consumption for maximum flavor.
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Editor note: Published Dec. 21, 2017 and updated June 16, 2018
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