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HEALTHY CHICKEN PAD THAI

May 18, 2022

HEALTHY CHICKEN PAD THAI

Thai food has a special place in my heart, and this Healthy Chicken Pad Thai is a must make! Pad Thai is my husband's favorite Thai dish, so I had to get this recipe "just right." It's got the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, savory, and salty with tender chicken, thick rice noodles, mung beans, crunchy peanuts, and colorful veggies. So good! It's also macro-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free. If you need this vegan, omit the scrambled egg and use crispy baked tofu instead of chicken!

Did you know? Mung beans (native to India and Southeast Asia) are very nutritious. They're rich in essential protein, antioxidants, and other nutrients. One cup of boiled mung beans contains 80% of the daily requirement for folate and 14 grams of protein.

Healthy Chicken Pad Thai

Choosing the best chicken

When buying chicken, I look for "organic" or "pasture-raised" with "no antibiotics ever." This ensures the chickens were raised in a disease-free environment with access to the outdoors. If available, I try to choose "Certified Humane" chicken.

For this recipe, I went with lean boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but chicken thighs would work too. 

Healthy Chicken Pad Thai

Healthy pad thai sauce 

Traditional Pad Thai sauce uses tamarind pulp, a paste-like substance from ripe pods of the tamarind tree. The pulp has a distinct sweet-sour taste. Since tamarind paste can be hard to find, I improvised!

My healthy pad thai sauce combines fresh lime juice, coconut aminos, brown sugar sweetener, fish sauce, and ketchup (yes, ketchup!). Together these ingredients give the sweet, sour, salty, and tangy flavor pad thai is known for.

Healthy Chicken Pad Thai

Other ingredients

This recipe uses brown rice noodles for more fiber, plus lots of veggies: peppers, carrots, mung beans, and green onions. I also added fresh garlic, scrambled egg (optional), and fresh cilantro (optional).

I used avocado oil to stir-fry the vegetables with the cooked noodles, chicken, and sauce. Avocado oil is a great anti-inflammatory, high-heat cooking oil. You could also use coconut oil!

Here's the printable recipe for this Healthy Chicken Pad Thai. I'd love it if you could rate this recipe or comment below if you try it ;)

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