Healthy Pad Kee Mao Recipe – Spicy and Delicious

Healthy Pad Kee Mao Recipe – Spicy and Delicious

Pad Kee Mao – A Thai Classic Portioned To Be Under 500 Calories!

Nothing hits the spot – or your tongue – like some spicy Thai food. Pad Kee Mao (aka Drunken Noodle) is a classic Thai noodle dish that I’ve loved ever since I’ve discovered it (way better than Pad Thai in my opinion :)) I was able to cut pad kee mao calories to under 500 with the usage of my handy food scale.

“Is Pad Kee Mao Healthy?” — Cutting Pad Kee Mao Calories via the Fitsian Method

Pad Kee Mao can fit easily into the diet of someone looking for a low calorie meal as long as ingredients are portioned correctly. To keep the calorie content low and protein content high, I portioned the recipe as follows:

  • Used exactly 1 serving of rice noodles at about 55 grams
  • Used exactly 4oz of chicken thigh and an egg for protein, omitting any usage of cornstarch for the chicken (a high calorie ingredient)
  • Rounded out the dish with a sprinkle of various vegetables, such as corn and sliced mushrooms

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Assembling the Pad Kee Mao Ingredients.

Tips & Tricks for Making the Low Calorie Pad Kee Mao

Can’t find Thai basil in your local grocery store?

You can easily substitute it with Holy basil or normal Basil, in that order of preference. Check out this article on the different types of substitutes for Thai basil for more info.

How many Thai chilis should I use?

Thai chilis are no joke and should be used with caution if you are not used to traditional spicy Thai food. I would use 1 for a milder kick, and 2-3 for a medium to high spice tolerance. You can order dried Thai chilis on Amazon if you can’t find any fresh ones at your local grocery store or prefer to have a stash that can last in the pantry for longer periods of time.

Can I use other kinds of noodles?

Although Pad Kee Mao is traditionally cooked with rice noodles, I’ve also cooked it with egg noodles, buckwheat knife cut noodles and udon noodles with great results.

Ingredients for the Healthy Pad Kee Mao

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • Sprinkle of white pepper

Pad Kee Mao

  • 4 oz Chicken thigh (Boneless, skinless)
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 serving Rice noodles
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1-2 Thai Chilis
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Sprinkle of Corn
  • 1-2 Mushrooms (Sliced)
  • 1 Egg
  • Pepper
  • Basil (For garnish)

Directions for Putting it All Together

  1. Start by cutting the chicken into bite size pieces and marinating in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for about 5-15 minutes.
  2. Cook the rice stick noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  3. Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing together ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Mince garlic, thai chilis, and onions and in a skillet, spray cooking oil and begin to sauté .
  5. Once the garlic turns golden and the onions begin to soften, add in the mushrooms, corn, and chicken, and season with pepper. Cook the chicken for about 3-4 minutes each side.
  6. Next, mix in the stir fry sauce and noodles and stir thoroughly.
  7. Move all the stir fry ingredients to the side, spray the open side of the skillet with cooking spray, and crack in the egg. Wait until the egg begins to solidify a little before scrambling and mixing in with the rest of the dish.
  8. Toss in the basil, remove from heat, and enjoy your delicious Pad Kee Mao!

Healthy Pad Kee Mao

Healthy Pad Kee Mao

Nothing hits the spot - or your tongue - like some spicy Thai food. Pad Kee Mao (aka Drunken Noodle) is a classic Thai noodle dish that I’ve loved ever since I’ve discovered it (it's like Pad Thai hotter sister ;)) With the usage of handy food scale, I was able to portion control this healthy Pad Kee Mao recipe to be under 500 calories!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 1
Calories 462 kcal

Ingredients
  

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Dark soy sauce
  • Sprinkle of white pepper

Pad Kee Mao

  • 4 oz Chicken thigh (Boneless, skinless)
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 serving Rice noodles (55g)
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1-2 Thai Chilis
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Sprinkle of corn
  • 1-2 Mushrooms
  • 1 Egg
  • Pepper
  • Basil (For garnish)

Nutrition & Macros

  • 462 Calories
  • 36 g Protein
  • 10 g Fat
  • 56 g Carbs

Instructions
 

  • Start by cutting the chicken into bite size pieces and marinating in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for about 5-15 minutes.
  • Cook the rice stick noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  • Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing together ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Mince garlic, thai chilis, and onions and in a skillet, spray cooking oil and begin to sauté .
  • Once the garlic turns golden and the onions begin to soften, add in the mushrooms, corn, and chicken, and season with pepper. Cook the chicken for about 3-4 minutes each side.
  • Next, mix in the stir fry sauce and noodles and stir thoroughly
  • Move all the stir fry ingredients to the side, spray the open side of the skillet with cooking spray, and crack in the egg. Wait until the egg begins to solidify a little before scrambling and mixing in with the rest of the dish.
  • Toss in the basil, remove from heat, and enjoy your delicious Pad Kee Mao!
Keyword healthy asian food, thai food, Thai noodles

 



1 thought on “Healthy Pad Kee Mao Recipe – Spicy and Delicious”

  • 5 stars
    This recipe promised spicy and delicious – and boy does it deliver. So so yummy!!! Can’t believe I can have one of my cheat day meals without feeling guilty?! SO GOOD. 100% in my regular rotation now. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!!

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