Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

This spaghetti squash pad thai recipe is a low carb alternative to chicken pad thai and is so incredibly delicious!  This recipe is clean eating, gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai | This spaghetti squash pad thai recipe is a low carb version of chicken pad thai and is so incredibly delicious! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Pad thai is one of my absolute favorite Thai foods.  The combination of flavors and textures and sauce and heat is just so amazing.

My only sadness with pad thai is that I don’t often get to enjoy it because it is pretty heavy on the carbs, considering it is made up of a lot of noodles.

So, instead of using regular rice noodles, I chose to use spaghetti squash noodles for this pad thai recipe.  The spaghetti squash adds a fun alternative to the rice noodles and also reduces the carbs and calories, while increasing the nutrients, like protein and fiber.

Really, what this means is I get to enjoy pad thai more often, and you can, too!

Bowl of roasted spaghetti squash and the spaghetti squash noodles that will be used as a replacement for regular noodles in the spaghetti squash pad thai recipe. The diced chicken breast is cooking in a large skillet and has been seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.

What is Pad Thai?

If you’ve never tried it before, pad thai is delicious.  It’s basically a stir fry that consists of rice noodles, stir-fried with eggs and another protein, like tofu, chicken, or shrimp. The strong flavors comes from the pad thai sauce, which commonly contains tamarind pulp, fish sauce, garlic, red chili pepper, and palm sugar and it’s usually served with lime wedges and topped with chopped peanuts.  See?  YUM.

One of my favorite things about pad thai is all the toppings you get with it – they add all sorts of flavors and textures.  Common pad thai toppings include lime wedges, roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, cilantro, and so on.  I use many of these in this spaghetti squash pad thai recipe.

Adding the spaghetti squash noodles to the pad that chicken in the large skillet and tossing together to make the spaghetti squash pad thai with chicken recipe.

How To Make Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Spaghetti squash noodles are a fabulous alternative to regular pad thai noodles because they are low in carbs, gluten-free, grain-free, and contain fiber and protein, along with other nutrients. Cooking the spaghetti squash couldn’t be easier.  To see step by step directions on how to make spaghetti squash noodles, go to this post.  There are a couple main ways to make spaghetti squash, which I’ve listed out below:

HOW TO BAKE SPAGHETTI SQUASH NOODLES IN THE OVEN

  1. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (you could cut into rings if you’d like, but I find lengthways to be easier to remove the seeds and bake)
  2. Remove the seeds
  3. Drizzle each cut side with olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper (this step is totally optional, but will add flavor to the baked spaghetti squash noodles)
  4. Place each half of the spaghetti squash face down on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil
  5. Place in the oven and roast for about an hour
  6. The squash is done when the noodles easily pull away from the skin and you can easily pierce the skin with a fork
  7. Using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash to separate the strands

It takes literally 5 minutes to prep the spaghetti squash to be cooked once the oven is preheated.  So easy!

HOW TO COOK SPAGHETTI SQUASH IN THE MICROWAVE

  1. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (you could cut into rings if you’d like, but I find lengthways to be easier to remove the seeds and bake)
  2. Remove the seeds
  3. Drizzle each cut side with olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper (this step is totally optional, but will add flavor to the baked spaghetti squash noodles)
  4. Place one of the spaghetti squash halves face down in a small microwave-safe casserole dish or rimmed plate
  5. Pour 3-4 tbsp. water into the dish
  6. Microwave 8-10 minutes, or until the skin is tender when pierced with a fork
  7. Using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash to separate the strands into the spaghetti noodles

The microwave method is quicker, but doesn’t provide as much flavor as the roasting – but works great when you’re in a rush!

Two borls filled with spaghetti squash pad thai and then topped with crushed raw peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges, for serving. Single bowl up close of the spaghetti squash pad thai with chicken.

How To Store Spaghetti Squash

Since having spaghetti squash noodles on hand is a great way to decrease the prep time for making this spaghetti squash pad thai, you can quickly and easily freeze your spaghetti squash noodles once they’ve been cooked to grab at a later time.

Believe it or not, it is very easy to freeze spaghetti squash noodles.  Yay!  While the texture wont be quite the same as if it were freshly baked (it will be slightly more soggy once defrosted), it will still work in a pinch.  All you have to do is portion it out and freeze it without any sauce.

Freeze the cooked chicken and pad thai sauce separately.  Then, when you’re ready to cook the pad thai, allow the frozen pad thai sauce and spaghetti squash noodles to thaw overnight in the fridge, then add everything together and heat through.  Easy peasy.

Close up vertical image of the spaghetti squash pad thai recipe with chicken, that contains spaghetti squash noodles, seasoned chicken, and is topped with fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and crushed raw peanuts.

Is Pad Thai Paleo?

Good news, paleo friends.  This pad thai recipe is paleo.  The major culprit for why pad thai might not be paleo would be the noodles and the soy sauce.  So, since we are using spaghetti squash noodles instead of wheat noodles, it makes it easy.  While rice noodles aren’t technically not paleo, they’re also not Not paleo, meaning they cause some confusion for people.  Also, this recipe doesn’t call for soy sauce, which makes it easy since soy isn’t allowed on a paleo diet.

Is Pad Thai Gluten-Free?

While you can easily make your own homemade pad thai gluten-free, you’ll need to be careful when ordering out at restaurants.  You’ll need to know whether the noodles are rice-based, like vermicelli or pad thai noodles, or wheat-basedlike egg noodles.  Also, you’ll need to replace regular soy sauce with a gluten-free alternative, such as coconut aminos.  Coconut aminos works just like soy sauce, which makes it very easy to make your own gluten-free spaghetti squash pad thai recipe at home.

Since this spaghetti squash pad thai recipe uses spaghetti squash noodles instead of wheat noodles and doesn’t call for any soy sauce, that makes it a gluten-free pad thai recipe.

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This spaghetti squash pad thai recipe is a low carb version of chicken pad thai and is so incredibly delicious!  This Pad Thai recipe uses spaghetti squash noodles instead of rice noodles.

Categories: Clean Eating. Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Weeknight Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: pad thai spaghetti squash, spaghetti squash pad thai, spaghetti squash pad thai paleo
Servings: 4
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 6 cups spaghetti squash noodles (1 medium spaghetti squash), cooked
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp. tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-size cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 limes, sliced into wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve the tamarind paste in the hot water. 
  2. Add the coconut sugar, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

  3. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well-browned, about 5-6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate for later, reserving the drippings in the pan.

  4. Add onion to the same pan and stir to combine. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until onion becomes tender. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
  5. Push ingredients to one side of the pan and add 1 more tbsp. olive oil in the cleared area. Add egg and scramble until cooked through. Combine cooked egg with onion mixture.
  6. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the cooked spaghetti squash noodles and sauce. Toss together to incorporate sauce with noodles. Cook 4-5 minutes, until noodles get slightly golden-brown.

  7. Remove from heat. Add green onions, cilantro, and the chopped peanuts. Toss once more.

  8. Serve with a couple wedges of lime and sprinkle some crushed peanuts over the top. Squeeze lime over Pad Thai prior to eating, if preferred.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.2g22%
Saturated Fat 2.8g14%
Cholesterol 202.2mg67%
Sodium 722.1mg30%
Carbohydrates 27.2g9%
Fiber 4.8g19%
Sugar 16.2g18%
Protein 43.2g86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

One thought on “Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

  1. 5 stars
    Tweaked the recipe a bit. Used lemon pepper chicken from HEB and a tamarind candy paste. Used peanut butter instead of coconut sugar. It’s fantastic!

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