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89% would make again

Low-Carb Pad Thai

Tasty Team
June 10, 2019


for 6 servings

  • 2 small zucchinis
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 daikon radish, 6 inch (15 cm), peeled
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste, or lime juice
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • ¼ cup water (60 mL)
  • coconut oil, to taste
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (455 g), sliced
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste, or 1 diced jalapeño
  • ⅓ cup roasted peanut (40 g), plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup bean sprout (50 g), plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves (10 g), plus more for garnish
  • lime wedge, for garnish

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 310
  • Fat 16g
  • Carbs 20g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugar 11g
  • Protein 23g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Trim the ends of the zucchini, then use a vegetable peeler to peel into thin, flat noodles. Repeat with the sweet potato and daikon radish. Set aside.
  2. In a wok or large pan over medium-high heat, combine the brown sugar, fish sauce, tamarind paste, 3 cloves of garlic, and the water. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the pad thai sauce to a bowl until ready to use. Wipe out the pan.
  3. Heat a drizzle of coconut oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook for 4 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add a bit more coconut oil to the pan, if needed, then add the shallot, chili paste, and remaining 3 cloves of garlic. Cook until the shallots are softened and the aromatics are fragrant, 2 minutes.
  5. Add the peanuts and bean sprouts, and cook for 1 minute, until the sprouts are softened. Add half of the reserved pad thai sauce and cook until thickened, 3 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable noodles and chicken, and stir to coat with the sauce, adding more as needed. Add the cilantro, toss, and cook for 30-60 seconds, until the noodles are just warmed through but not soggy.
  7. Serve immediately garnished with more cilantro, bean sprouts, peanuts, and lime wedges.
  8. Enjoy!