14 Jan Chicken Pad Thai (Whole30)
This Whole30 friendly healthy Chicken Pad Thai recipe with spaghetti squash is loaded with authentic flavors. Not only is this recipe Whole30 approved; it is also paleo, gluten-free, and lower in carbs. Hands down the best healthy Thai Food recipe you will need.
Besides my Crockpot Thai Curry Chicken, one of our favorite dishes has to be this Chicken Pad Thai Noodles! Tom and I were hooked ever since we were in Thailand for our honeymoon. I knew I had to find a way to make a healthy version of this without compromising any flavor. Meet the best Whole30 Chicken Pad Thai recipe possible! I’m so excited to share it with you guys!
What Makes this Chicken Pad Thai Authentic
Authentic Pad Thai flavor comes from a few classic ingredients. A few of these ingredients include:
- Green onion
- Sesame oil
- Fish sauce (I used this fish sauce that is sugar-free and Whole30 friendly)
These ingredients will ensure that you have a strong foundation of authentic classic Pad Thai flavors. Then you can easily make substitutions to make a Whole30 or other healthy version of this amazing dish.
Whole30 Pad Thai Noodles Ingredients
First, Instead of soy sauce for this recipe, I used coconut Aminos, which is a gluten-free, alternative to soy sauce that’s made from the fermented sap of coconut palm. It is also much lower in sodium and has a lower glycemic index than soy sauce.
Then, to keep this recipe Whole30 compliant, I used cashew butter for the sauce instead of peanut butter. Cashew butter is able to provide a nutty, creamy element that is most similar to peanuts than any other nut.
Lastly, the other major Whole30 swap I made was using spaghetti squash noodles instead of the traditional rice noodles. Check out my post on how to make spaghetti squash if you’re not sure how to prepare them. They are a great choice for this recipe because the flavor pairs nicely with the cashews. However, you could use zoodles (zucchini noodles) or sweet potato noodles as well.
The rest of the ingredients you will need for this dish include:
- Cashew butter
- Lime juice
- Bean sprouts
- Red bell pepper (optional, for the color)
I always like to include the red bell pepper because it makes the dish look pretty, and at the meantime, adds great crunch, flavor!
How to Make the Best Chicken Pad Thai
A Whole30 friendly Healthy Pad Thai Noodles can taste like the original version too! With these tips below, you are sure to nail that authentic flavor every time.
Tips to Make the Best Pad Thai
1. Use thinly slice the chicken.
Chicken that is cut thin cook faster and absorb more flavor.
2. Add fresh ingredients in the equation.
Fresh lime and green onions sprinkled on top gives the perfect balance.
3. Make sure not to overcook the carrots and beansprouts
These vegetables are the delicate crunch they provide is complementary to the soft spaghetti squash (or whatever noodles you like to use).
4. Crush some cashews to add on top right before serving.
Why I Love This Whole30 Pad Thai
Thai food always brings back memories of Tom and I on our honeymoon, so having a healthy, Whole30 go-to recipe allows me to indulge in this dish whenever I’d like. This pad thai recipe is full of healthy fats from the cashews, fiber, vitamins and minerals from the spaghetti squash, as well as protein from the chicken so it’s a perfectly balanced, tasty meal that always leaves me satisfied.
Moreover, this dish is a great recipe for meal prep. Try double up the recipe so that you can throw a delicious, healthy meal together quickly on nights.
How to Store Pad Thai Noodles
If (and that’s a big if!) you have any leftovers, it’s best to store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. For best results, do not mix in the spaghetti squash until you are ready to serve. This will prevent the spaghetti squash from getting too mushy.
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