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Michael’s Crazy Noodles with Ground Chicken (recipe by “Oishii!”)

This recipe is inspired by Ming Tsai’s “My Crazy Chicken-Rice Noodle Stir-Fry,” which appears in his cookbook “Simply Ming.” He calls them crazy because the “spiciness leaves you goofy with delight.” I call them crazy because my David is crazy for them. He requests this dish more than any other, which makes it a household staple.


  • 14 ounce pack fresh rice stick noodles (banh pho tsui, e.g. Golden Boy brand)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (e.g. Squid brand)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus slices for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha brand hot chile sauce, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound or more ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 large scallions, sliced
  • 1/3 packed cup (1/2 ounce) chopped Thai basil, plus more for garnish
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste


Fill a large bowl with warm water. Add the noodles and soak until tender, about half an hour. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl combine the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chili sauce, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Heat a wok over high heat until almost smoking. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions soften. Add the ground chicken and brown. Add the noodles and the sauce mixture, and heat through. Add the scallions and basil, and toss well. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Garnish with some fresh basil and lime slices if desired.

Other Thai Favorites

Pad Siew
Authentic Shrimp Pad Thai
Thai Style Wide Noodles in Gravy (Lard Nar)


Here’s another recipe that uses Thai basil: Thai Curried Noodles With Pork and Basil. Also check out my top 9 recipes that use fresh herbs.

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I develop in my test kitchen. My inspiration comes from cooking magazines (Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine), cookbooks, blogs, online food communities such as, popular restaurants, tv shows, friends, and family.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite Asian noodle dish? We would love to hear from you if you enjoyed this recipe. -Michael

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