Below find our variation of a classic gluten-free pad thai recipe that is also dairy-free using ingredients easy to find in most western stores.
This quintessential dish from Thailand satisfies our entire family’s craving for the exotic flavors of Asia. Pad thai is inherently gluten and dairy-free.
Our version differs from the classic pad thai as it includes lots of vegetables and replaces the tamarind with a soy peanut maple-based sauce.
Pad thai is a popular noodle dish that was invented by the prime minister of Thailand in the 1930s. While conceived to promote nationalism, this stir-fried noodle dish has become symbolic of Thai cuisine, and variations can now be found all over the world.
Many consider it to be a national dish, and it is served in street markets as well as upscale restaurants throughout Thailand. We tried it in Bangkok.
Our homemade pad thai ticks all of the boxes
- Gluten-free and celiac safe
- Prepared from easily obtainable ingredients
- Delicious and not too spicy
What you need to make our gluten-free pad thai
The detailed recipe for our gluten-free chicken pad thai is below and printable. It uses a variety of ingredients. Be sure that each ingredient is gluten-free if the meal is for someone following a gluten-free diet.
You will need to prepare both the pad thai sauce and the stir fry.
What you need to make our soy peanut maple sauce
- Gluten-free soy sauce
- Creamy peanut butter
- Maple syrup
- Lemon(preferred) or lime juice
- Kaffir lime leaf
- Fish sauce
What you need to make the chicken and vegetable stir fry
- Pad thai rice stick noodles
- Chicken breast
- Olive oil, garlic-infused or plain
- Chili pepper (optional)
- Bean sprouts
How to make chicken pad thai
Our chicken pad thai recipe
Gluten Free Pad Thai with Chicken
This variation of the classic Thai dish is gluten and dairy-free. It uses ingredients that are easy to find in most western stores.
Homemade pad thai sauce (soy peanut maple sauce)
- ¼ cup gluten-free soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1-2 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped OR zest of 1 lime/lemon
- 7 ounces (200 grams) pad thai rice stick noodles
- 8 ounces (225 grams) chicken breast, cubed (about 2 breasts)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil, garlic-infused or plain
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons ginger root, minced
- 1 chili, finely sliced (optional)
- 2 zucchini, spiralized or finely sliced
- 1 carrot, spiralized or finely sliced
- 1 cup mung bean sprouts
Optional garnish Ingredients
- 4 green onion tops, chopped
- ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped
- ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
- 4 lemon slices
- (Additional) mung bean sprouts
Homemade pad thai sauce
- Mix soy sauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, lemon/lime juice, fish sauce, and chopped kaffir lime leaf in a bowl and set aside.
- Cook rice noodles according to the package instructions, about 4-6 minutes. Drain, rinse with cool water, and set aside.
- In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on medium and add the cubed chicken, stirring constantly till all sides are cooked (white in color).
- Add beaten eggs to the chicken and stir constantly until the chicken is coated and the eggs are cooked. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Add the remaining olive oil and heat for 1 minute.
- Add the ginger and optional chili and fry for 1 minute until aromatic.
- Add the zucchini, carrot, and bean sprouts and stir for about 4 minutes.
- Gently mix in the cooked rice noodles and the chicken/egg mixture with the vegetables.
- Pour in the soy peanut maple sauce and stir through.
- Serve on plates and top with chopped green onions, coriander, chopped peanuts, mung bean sprouts and/or lemon slices as desired.
Kaffir lime leaf is a common ingredient in Thai cuisine and adds a lovely fragrant lime flavour.
For those with citrus sensitivity, omit the lime/lemon juice and lemon slices.
Cooked rice stick noodles are delicate so add them as late as possible with minimal stirring so they don't fall apart.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 13.3gSaturated Fat: 2.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 473mgCarbohydrates: 55.2gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 7.3gProtein: 34.1g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and it will vary based on the specific ingredients used.
What amazes me is the flexibility in ingredients. Change the vegetables or meat, and you still have a flavourful dish that summons up visions of street food in Bangkok.
A vegetarian version can be made by replacing the chicken and egg with tofu and omitting the fish sauce. Or, the chicken can be replaced with shrimp or prawns. (I know this is traif, but I won’t tell.)
– Make extra, so you have enough for lunch the next day (it tastes even better).
– If you’re really hungry, this dish goes great with a bowl of Chicken Tom Kha soup.
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Very nice Chicken pad thai, love it
I love thai food so much! need to make this ASAP, I’ve been ordering delivery too much lately!
I love pad Thai! I think it would be great with either chicken or shrimp, but I’d probably make it with chicken breast first. I’ve never seen those kaffir lime leaves in the stores before, very interesting. I’ll have to save this recipe to try soon!
I love pad thai, I never would have thought to use maple syrup in place of sugar!
This recipe looks great! We love pad thai, and this is a great gluten-free option for next time we are able to have friends over. Saving this one!
THis sounds absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe!
This is perfect for our house. I need no gluten and my husband needs no dairy!
Peanut butter is such a game-changer in pad thai sauce! Makes it so creamy and delicious. Also love the idea of the spiralized veggies, great way to lighten it up.
This sounds so delicious! Going to have to add it to my to-try list!
Pad thai is one of my favorite meals, and this version looks delicious! I’m definitely going have to to try this one (but I’ll swap out the soy sauce with coconut aminos as I’m trying to avoid soy). Yum!
That should work well.
Love pad thai! This looks really tasty.
I do love pad Thai, it has such a great mix of flavors and this take looks yummy!
This dish sounds like a Happy Meal option. My family loves such amazing dishes. Need to try it out.
We love pad thai. Such easy and delicious comfort food.
I love pad thai!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it 🥳🥳
This looks amazing! And I love that it’s gluten free 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!