Chicken Pad Thai (With Veggie Noodle Option)

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Thai food has become part of the regular meal rotation at our house. Instead of getting takeout from a Thai restaurant though, it’s easy to whip a recipe up at home. This chicken pad Thai is quick and easy to pull together and it’s bursting with flavor!

What is Pad Thai?

Authentic pad Thai is a common street food in Thailand. The name translates to “Thai stir fry” and is known for its fresh and full flavors. Popular recipes often include ingredients like brown sugar, vegetable oil, tamarind paste, and regular or low-sodium soy sauce. The sauce is then served over tofu or meat and Asian rice noodles.

How to Cook Rice Noodles

This easy pad Thai is naturally gluten-free thanks to the rice noodles. Soy sauce does have some wheat in it, but I use gluten-free tamari soy sauce here. I’ll cook the noodles in hot water until they’re al dente (still have a little bite to them).

If the noodles are overcooked they dissolve into pieces and stick together. You can also add just a drizzle of sesame or olive oil to the water when cooking. This helps prevent the noodles from sticking together. I’ll then drain the noodles and rinse them with cold water to halt the cooking process.

Where to Get the Ingredients

I’ve included links to high-quality healthy ingredients in the recipe below. Most Asian grocery stores carry them, or you can find them in the international food section at the regular grocery store. Most of the time it’s hard to find organic, non-GMO, or otherwise healthy foreign food options at these stores, which is why I buy most of these ingredients online at places like Amazon.

Homemade Pad Thai Toppings

There are plenty of different topping options here! You can add the toppings right to the skillet once the dish is done. Another option is to have them in little bowls so everyone can choose their own and do it buffet style. My kids love choosing different ones to make their own customized bowls!

Here are some topping options:

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Chicken Pad Thai (With Veggie Noodle Option)

This traditional pad Thai dish features a creamy, tangy sauce and plenty of protein from the chicken. Sub shrimp or even beef if desired. Easy yet flavorful dish with a grain-free veggie noodle option.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 667kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 people


Pad Thai Sauce

Optional Toppings


  • Add 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil to a large skillet or wok and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the thin strips of skinless chicken breast and sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until slightly browned and cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan, but leave the remaining oil in the pan.
  • Cook the flat rice noodles according to package instructions OR add the remaining sesame oil and the broccoli slaw and sliced cabbage to the pan, sauteeing until cooked (about 10 minutes).
  • While noodles or veggies are cooking, whisk the lime juice, 2 tablespoons fish sauce, and the other sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Add the remaining sesame oil (if you haven’t already used it to saute the broccoli slaw and cabbage) to the skillet and saute the onion, carrots, green onion, and garlic for a couple of minutes.
  • Move the vegetables to the side of the skillet and cook the eggs, stirring frequently for a couple of minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet, add the cooked pad thai noodles, and pour the sauce over the top.
  • Stir gently and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Top with any desired toppings and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pad Thai (With Veggie Noodle Option)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 667 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 2461mg107%
Potassium 832mg24%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 5665IU113%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


You can use both noodles and broccoli slaw/cabbage if you’d like, or half of each.

More Healthy (and Delicious!) Thai Recipes

Looking for more Thai dishes? Here are some of our favorites!

Have you ever had Thai food before? What are your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


3 responses to “Chicken Pad Thai (With Veggie Noodle Option)”

  1. M Woolf Avatar

    Would love to try this! 2 Tbs fish sauce seems a lot of fish sauce – is that correct?

    1. Suzanne Avatar

      Yes, it is. But feel free to add less to start. You can always add a little more later if you think it needs it.

  2. Carol Terney Federoff Avatar
    Carol Terney Federoff

    I always hear about this dish but have never tried it. Looks fairly easy.

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