Chicken Pad Thai Noodles

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Lately, I’ve had a non-stop craving for Weight Watchers Thai food recipes, and I’ve managed to find a much healthier version of one of my favorite Thai food staples – Chicken Pad Thai. It’s a pretty simple recipe that really tastes amazing and even though it’s 9 Points per serving, it has waaaaaay less fat and calories than the traditional Pad Thai recipes. I could have made it a few points less, but it was important to me to keep the peanut oil and peanuts, so as not to lose the flavor integrity of the dish. And if you’d rather have a Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe, just sub out the chicken for tofu or shrimp. So if you need to get your Thai food craving satisfied, give this recipe a try!

Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

This low calorie Pad Thai Recipe with Chicken, is so delicious and yet has so much less PointsPlus than traditional chicken Pad Thai Recipes. It’s a great healthy meal idea to help satisfy your craving for Thai food, while still keeping you on track with Weight Watchers.

Ingredients

  • 6oz chicken skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 4 oz dried rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup egg beaters
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili-garlic sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, soak rice noodles in warm water until they are limp and white, about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil over high heat in a wok until very hot. Add the shallots and garlic and stir-fry until golden, about 10 seconds.
  3. Add the egg and cook, stirring, until scrambled, about 30 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry until mostly cooked through, about 5 minutes
  4. Drain the noodles and add to the wok, tossing with tongs until they soften and curl, about 1 minute.
  5. Add bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar , salt and chile-garlic sauce; toss until the chicken is fully cooked and noodles are heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve immediately.

Cooking time (duration): 45

Diet (other): Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 3

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Thai

Entire recipe makes 3 servings
Serving size is 1 ¼ cups
Each serving = 9 Points

PER SERVING: 323 calories; 6g fat; 49 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 3 g fiber

13 Comments

  1. I really appreciate your site and recipes. I’ve just copied several and will make them all and come back and comment. For WW maintenance it varies. You will receive 30 points a day plus weeklies. Generally the weekly points start at 30 and go every other week until you stop maintaining and start gaining.

  2. Had this tonight for dinner.  It was seriously amazing!  The only changes I made: pounded the chicken before cutting & added fresh lime before serving.  It was just as good as authentic pad thai at a restaurant.  So delicious!

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      Ariana, I don’t remember which brand I used…but it was one I got at Whole Foods.

  3. I think you can reduce the number of points by using Shirataki noodles.

  4. Just made your recipe. It is AMAZING!!! Doesn't taste like any corners were cut to make this WW friendly. Cudos to you!!!!

  5. knottyknitpicks Reply

    congrats! that's one of the reasons why i won't join WW. my SIL lost weight on WW but I knew that my DH and I would start a family soon – i had my baby girl 9 months ago. And I am sure we're going to try for another one sometime soon.

    I'm so glad I came across your site. I have so much trouble prepping meals now that I am back to work full time and I have a baby I'm still nursing – I need all the help I can get for quick, easy and healthy meals.

  6. knottyknitpicks Reply

    What brand of rice noodles did you use?

    And once you hit goal weight, how many pointsplus are you suppose to have to maintain?

    • I don't remember the brand, as I no longer have the packaging :(. But I got them at Whole Foods, if that's of any help. As for how many Points Plus you'll get at goal weight, I don't know, as I'm not there yet. I'm pregnant now, so I cant really officially do Weight Watchers while pregnant. But I still make a lot of the recipes in order to keep myself healthy and not gain too much weight during my pregnancy.

    • No…I'm not that good of a photographer! But I found a similar photo that looked pretty darn close to what the end result is.

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