June 2022 Featured Chef, Annika Duden, does it again! This Pad Thai recipe uses whole food ingredients to nourish our bodies and regulate our hormones.
Using US Wellness pastured chicken breast or wild-caught shrimp and grass-fed butter or ghee, sauté vegetables with your favorite protein source and serve with your preferred healthy noodles for a nutrient-dense version of the beloved Thai dish.
Annika, thank you for another fabulous recipe. We are excited for our patrons to rave about this dish!
Pad Thai with Chicken or Shrimp
Recipe & Photos by Annika Duden | @iamannikanicole
Prep & Cook Time: 45 minutes
Meat + Veggies
- 1lb US Wellness Meats Chicken Breast or US Wellness Meats Shrimp
- Butter or ghee for cooking
- 1/2 white or yellow onion, finely sliced
- 1 small/medium red bell pepper, finely sliced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
- 8oz white rice noodles
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 tbsp Sriracha sauce (optional)
- Juiced lime
- Green onion
- Cut the bell pepper and onion into long, thin strips
- Add the bell pepper and onion to a stovetop skillet with the butter/ghee and sauté until fully cooked and soft
- Add the garlic, and sauté another 2-3 minutes, until fragrant
- Add the cubed chicken or shrimp and cook until fully cooked – NOTE: if you’re cooking shrimp, remove it at this time and set it aside. If you’re using chicken, you can leave it in
- Add the sauce ingredients (fish sauce, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and Sriracha if using) to the skillet
- Stir all together and allow to start simmering with the lid on
- At this time, start cooking the rice noodles by the instructions on the package
- Continuously check the noodles. When they are al dente (which can take anywhere from 8-15 minutes, depending on the noodles you have) strain them and add them into the sauce/chicken mixture
- Allow the noodles to finish fully cooking in the sauce mixture (make sure to keep the lid off the pan)
- If you used shrimp, this is when you’ll add it back into the dish
- When the noodles have soaked up most of the sauce and are soft and fully cooked, the dish is done
- Plate ingredients and add desired toppings
- When it comes to the fish sauce in this recipe, be sure to start low (with the 1/4 cup), and increase to 1/3 cup if you feel like it needs it.
- Warning: the smell of fish sauce cooking is STRONG. A little goes a long way, and the smell might be intimidating while you are cooking. Don’t worry, you won’t even notice it when you are eating the recipe!
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Annika Duden is a women’s health nutritionist specializing in HTMA (Hair, Tissue, Mineral Analysis). She has a passion for creating recipes that focus on real food nutrition. Annika offers a FREE Hormones 101 e-book on her website, Built From Bones. She also has many of her favorite recipes in her cookbooks, “Med-abolic” and “Harvest.” Join her Wild + Well-fed community for support and encouragement as she offers guidance to women on their healing journeys.