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Backpacker Magazine – November 2009

Recipe: Spicy Pad Thai with Chicken and Veggies

For authentic takeout on the trail, try this spicy Pad Thai.

by: Brendan Spiegel

Spicy Pad Thai With Chicken And Veggies
Spicy Pad Thai With Chicken And Veggies

8-ounce package rice noodles
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 lime
1 carrot
1 cup shelled peanuts
2 cloves garlic
6-ounce can bean sprouts
7-ounce chicken breast pouch
1 tablespoon olive oil

At Home
Mix soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar; add red pepper and transfer to a spill-proof container. Drain bean sprouts and transfer to a separate spill-proof container. Place oil in a third spill-proof container. Crush peanuts into pieces with the bottom of a bowl or mug and pack in zip-top bag.

In Camp
Cut lime in half. Squeeze the juice from one half into the soy sauce mixture and stir. Peel and dice carrot and garlic. Boil water and cook rice noodles for three to five minutes, or until soft; drain and set aside. Saute the garlic and carrot in olive oil for two minutes, until garlic starts to brown. Return noodles to the pot, then add chicken, peanuts, bean sprouts, and soy sauce mixture. Cook for two minutes, until everything is hot. Sprinkle peanuts on top. Cut remaining lime half into wedges and squeeze over noodles.

TIP Mix it up: Instead of chicken, try precooked, freeze-dried shrimp (, dried beef (, or dried tofu ( Or stir in a takeout packet of chili sauce.

Prep time
5 min

Cook time
15 min

Price $4 per serving
Weight 9 ounces per serving
Serves 3

Calories 595
Fat 14 g
Carbs 92 g
Protein 27 g

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Mar 18, 2011 could just pick up a packet of the instant Pad-Thai sauce and throw that in your backpack instead of making your own. Simply add to veggies and cooked noodles and viola! Found at most grocery stores in the Thai food section made by "Thai Kitchen" its serving for two..... Hello Backpacker! Nothing like creating extra work....

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Loved Camp Chef Makeovers in Sept 2010 issue. Copied a bunch of ideas before thought of web...I had a dream...what if I could see and check off the recipes I wanted to use for next trip and number of servings required, and created a little take-along cook "book." (I'm thinking of a deck of 3x5 cards.) First page would be complete shopping list (no aisles required). Your spreadsheet could even add up pounds per serving per day based on my selections...and throw in nutritional analysis for good measure... but not on the printed cards. I'm stuffing mine into a business card wallet. Your hiking list is phenomenal (sp?).


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