California Avocado and Chicken Pad Thai

This all-in-one chicken pad Thai recipe will satisfy your pad Thai noodle craving while delivering plenty of protein and fresh produce. Fresh California Avocados are in peak season March through September, making this the perfect light dinner to enjoy during warmer months or any time of the year. This protein-packed nutrition powerhouse is an easy pad Thai recipe that provides an excellent source of protein, fiber, and folate, plus potassium, and is under 500 calories. Disclosure: I was compensated to create this recipe for California Avocado commission, however, this is not a sponsored post. I just wanted you to have it. Written 100% by me!

Michelle Dudash Avocado Pad Thai with Chicken and Carrots

California Avocados also act as a “nutrient booster” by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, K and E—which is particularly helpful when you’re enjoying foods rich in these nutrients but are low in fat, like vegetables and almost all fruits.

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For the sauce:
1/2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and mashed
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce (or use GF reduced-sodium soy sauce for a milder taste)

For the noodles:
4 oz. (wt.) brown rice pad Thai noodles
2 tsp. high-heat oil, like peanut, canola, or avocado oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed, cut into strips (1/2-inch wide)
4 scallions, white and green parts divided, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups spiralized or shredded carrots (this is the spiralizer I have and love!)
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 large eggs
1 ripe, Fresh, California Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced

For serving:
1/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts or cashews, crushed
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Bean sprouts, fish sauce, Sriracha hot sauce (optional)
*If allergic to nuts, consider toasted sesame seeds

To make the sauce: Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork until nearly smooth. Stir in the lime juice and fish sauce.

To make the noodles: Cook the noodles according to package directions for stir-frying, which typically involves pouring hot water over the noodles and allowing them to sit for 5-10 minutes, just until tender, not too soft. Drain.

Heat a wok or soup pot on medium-high and add the oil. Add the chicken in a single layer and sprinkle the white parts of the scallions and garlic on top. Brown the chicken on one side, about 3 minutes, then stir. Push the chicken to the side of the pan and add the carrots. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt. Push the carrots to the side. Crack in the eggs and whisk them, breaking them up into pieces once cooked.

Add the cooked noodles and combine. Turn off the heat and stir in the avocado sauce and green parts of scallions, adding a splash of water to the pan if it seems too dry.

To serve: If all 4 servings of the dish will be enjoyed at once, stir in all of the diced avocado. Otherwise, portion the noodles and top each bowl with 1/4 diced avocado.

Sprinkle each serving with a rounded tablespoon of peanuts or cashews and serve with lime wedges. Add optional bean sprouts, fish sauce, and hot sauce.

Makes 4 servings, 1 1/3 cups noodles each, plus diced avocado and toppings

Serving suggestion: Serve with sliced orange or mango

Beverage pairing: Kombucha, sparkling lime water or Sauvignon Blanc wine

Serves 4, 1 1/3 cups noodles each, plus diced avocado and toppings

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Note: Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 480 calories, 23 g fat (4 g saturated), 200 mg cholesterol, 40 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 30 g protein, 610 mg sodium, 15% DV iron, 25% DV folate, 20% DV potassium.

Michelle Dudash, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, author of the best-selling cookbook Clean Eating for Busy Families, and creator of the 4Real Food Reboot, an online meal planning program for weight loss.

You may also enjoy:
Curried Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry
Asian Brown Rice Noodle Salad with California Avocados
Shrimp & Avocado Stir-Fry

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California Avocado and Chicken Pad Thai

By Team Dudash Published: April 20, 2018

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 45 mins

This is an easy pad thai recipe that is so simple and delicious and ready in 45 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce: Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork until nearly smooth. Stir in the lime juice and fish sauce.
  2. To make the noodles: Cook the noodles according to package directions for stir-frying, which typically involves pouring hot water over the noodles and allowing them to sit for 5-10 minutes, just until tender, not too soft. Drain. Heat a wok or soup pot on medium-high and add the oil. Add the chicken in a single layer and sprinkle the white parts of the scallions and garlic on top. Brown the chicken on one side, about 3 minutes, then stir. Push the chicken to the side of the pan and add the carrots. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt. Push the carrots to the side. Crack in the eggs and whisk them, breaking them up into pieces once cooked. Add the cooked noodles and combine. Turn off the heat and stir in the avocado sauce and green parts of scallions, adding a splash of water to the pan if it seems too dry.
  3. To serve: If all 4 servings of the dish will be enjoyed at once, stir in all of the diced avocado. Otherwise, portion the noodles and top each bowl with 1/4 diced avocado. Sprinkle each serving with a rounded tablespoon of peanuts or cashews and serve with lime wedges. Add optional bean sprouts, fish sauce, and hot sauce.

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