Thai Peanut Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles are a healthy and gluten-free twist on your favorite Thai takeout order. Easy, colorful, and delicious!
Hello, hello everyone – I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a great week so far! We had a super holiday scarfing smoked turkey with all the fixin’s at my parents house (so thankful my Wild Rice Stuffing and Garlic-Sage Green Beans were hits at a bunch of your homes!) then spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with Ben’s family while they were in town visiting. Hard to believe both Halloween and Thanksgiving are in the books – next stop, Christmas!
Have you decorated yet? In a truly genius move we stored our Christmas tree uncovered in the basement last year, so this past weekend I had Ben attempt to beat out any spiders (my kryptonite) with a yardstick. Tonight we’ll carry it upstairs, assemble, then trim it, likely with goggles and gloves on lest I come into contact with any lingering spiders. Gross.
Anyway, speaking of Christmas, the urge to eat baked goods for every meal of the day is very real at the moment as I’ve seen several ginger-molasses and snickerdoodle cookie recipes on social media that I’d straight up arm wrestle Santa for. Can you relate? That, coupled with the fact that Ben keeps bringing home full sized Snickers bars (why oh why do they have to pair so well with a cabernet night cap?!) means I’ve been even more intentional than usual about cooking healthy meals at home so I don’t have to think twice about indulging a little extra over the next month or so.
In addition to my Christmas cookie cravings, I’ve also been thinking about a big bowl of gluten-free Pad Thai from my favorite Thai restaurant here in town (Cool Basil for you locals!) but since it’s a little difficult to dine out while working around a newborn and toddler’s schedule, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make a healthy, Pad Thai(ish) dish at home. Thai Peanut Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles swaps rice noodles for vitamin-rich sweet potato noodles, and will curb your craving for take out in just 15 minutes!
If you’ve been on the fence about ordering a spiralizer, or asking for one for the holidays, this dish is going to send you over the edge. It. Is. Incredible! Skinny spiralized sweet potatoes are sauteed with broccoli and chopped chicken then tossed with an easy peanut sauce made with 100% fridge and pantry staples. Like I said, this dish goes from skillet to bowl in 15 minutes, which is a fraction of the time it takes to pick up take out or wait for the delivery driver to arrive – plus it’s a TON healthier. Here’s a little video demo for ya:
I focused on sweet potatoes and broccoli for this dish, which I think pair perfectly with the flavor of peanut sauce, but you could add any vegetable you usually like in your Thai take out. Bean sprouts (not technically a veggie I guess,) or even spiralized raw carrot, cabbage, or bell pepper would be great too. Whatever you do, do not skimp on the chopped peanuts sprinkled on top at the end. The crunch, saltiness, and flavor they add to the dish is irreplaceable.
If you’re like me and wanting to indulge without the guilt this holiday season, whip up this light and tasty dish tonight – and fight your dining partner for the leftovers to take for lunch the next day. Trust me when I say, if you don’t, you’ll regret it!
Start by whisking together the Thai peanut sauce ingredients, all of which I already had on hand! That’s 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons gluten-free chicken broth, 1-1/2 Tablespoons low-sodium gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce, 1/2 Tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon each gluten-free chili garlic sauce and sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1 clove minced garlic.
Set the sauce aside then peel and trim 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, and then send them through your spiralizer fitted with the skinnest noodle blade. I used my Paderno Spiralizer for these guys. Psst! The Spiralizer would make such a great Christmas or holiday gift for the foodie in your life – it’s so fun and versatile!
Ok, time to cook! Heat a large, 12″ skillet over medium-high heat with 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil then add 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper then saute until cooked through, and then scoop the chicken onto a plate and set aside.
Turn the heat down a touch then add 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to the skillet plus the sweet potato noodles and 2 cups broccoli florets. Season with salt and pepper then saute for 5 minutes. Next add 1/4 cup water to help soften the noodles and continue sauting, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato noodles are al dente, another 3-5 minutes. If you want your sweet potato noodles on the softer side, continue cooking, but just know they might break up into smaller pieces.
Last step is to add the chicken back into the skillet along with the Thai peanut sauce then toss until everything is well coated and heated through.
Scoop the noodles into bowls then top with tons of chopped peanuts and green onions. Totally easy, right? And trust me, totally DELISH! Hope you love this lighter take out fake out recipe!
Thai Peanut Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles
- 2-1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 chicken breasts (14oz,) cut into bite-sized pieces
- salt and pepper
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled then spiralized using thinnest blade, noodles slightly trimmed
- 2 cups (4oz) broccoli florets
- 1/4 cup water
- Toppings: chopped peanuts, green onions, chopped cilantro
- For the Thai peanut sauce:
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 Tablespoons gluten-free chicken broth
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons low-sodium gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce
- 1/2 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free chili garlic sauce (or more)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Whisk together Thai peanut sauce ingredients then set aside.
- Add 1/2 Tablespoon oil to a large, 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken then season with salt and pepper and saute until cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate then set aside.
- Turn heat down to a little above medium then add remaining 2 Tablespoons oil. Add sweet potato noodles and broccoli, season with salt and pepper, then saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water then saute until noodles are al dente, another 3-5 minutes (if you like a softer sweet potato continue cooking but know that the noodles will break up a bit.) Add chicken back into the skillet along with the Thai peanut sauce then toss until the noodles are well coated and everything is heated through. Scoop into bowls then serve with toppings.
- I use a Paderno Spiralizer >
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.