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.
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 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.
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).
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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