Paleo Pad See Ew


Last weeks’ recipe for Chinese crispy, shredded chicken was such a hit that I asked its creator and my guest contributor ChihYu Smith to share another recipe with you guys. This week she was kind enough to share a recipe for a paleo version of a Thai noodle stir fry known as Pad See Ew, or Phat Si Ew, depending on where you are.

ChihYu is the recipe developer, photographer, and writer behind the blog I Heart Umami – a recipe site that teaches people how to cook Asian-inspired paleo cuisine. This recipe caught my eye and I think all of your Thai food lovers will be happy to give it a go. Check out ChihYu’s website and follow her on Instagram , Facebook, or YouTube. Take it away ChihYu!

Hey EDP readers,

I haven’t met a person who doesn’t love a good bowl of Thai stir-fried noodles. Don’t even mention the paleo version. The trick to making good paleo Phat Si Ew is in the timing and the order you place the ingredients in the wok.

Unlike regular noodles, noodles made from zucchini need to be approached in a different manner in order to maintain their texture and flavour. I highly recommend that you pre-slice and chop all the ingredients before you start cooking so this dish can be done in a fairly quick manner. I also prefer to marinate the chicken (or pork) in advance so the meat is tender and juicy.

Follow the instructions below and I am confident you’ll find this dish by far the best Paleo Phat Si Ew recipe you’ve tried.

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Paleo Pad See Ew

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: ChihYu Smith
Servings: 4
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
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5 from 3 votes
Calories: 384kcal
Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight. Other Chinese greens can be used instead of Chinese broccoli.


Chicken & Chicken marinade:

  • 650 g boneless skinless chicken breast 1.5 lbs. sliced into bite-size pieces (approx. 0.5-cm thick)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes optional

Other ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchini sliced into long ribbons about using a mandolin slicer
  • 250 g Chinese broccoli ½ lb., leaves coarsely chopped and stems thinly sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Coconut or olive oil for stir-frying

Stir-fry sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Tamari
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey or rice malt syrup (Irena's addition)


  • Pan-fry the chicken.
    Heat a wok or a pan over very high heat, add about 2 tablespoons coconut oil. When the wok is hot, add the marinated chicken and stir-fry until the meat is cooked through. Taste and season with a little more salt and pepper if desired. Set the cooked meat aside to cool. *The cooked chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days if you want to prepare it in advance.
  • Prepare Zucchini noodles.
    Slice into long ribbons about, 0.2-cm or 1/16-in thick, using a mandolin slicer.
  • Mix well the stir-fry sauce mixture and set aside.
  • Prepare the eggs.
    Heat a wok over very high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When hot, add 2 large eggs. Cook without messing with it until the eggs turn light golden brown at the edges then flip the eggs (if the yolk breaks, no worries). Once they’re done, set them aside for later use.
  • Add another tablespoon of coconut oil to the wok over high heat then add more minced garlid and sauté for about 10 seconds. Add the Chinese broccoli and stir-fry until the leaves just begin to wilt - about 30 seconds. Add previously cooked chicken and the eggs back to the wok. Use a spatula to stir-fry the meat until it’s heated through and break up the eggs for about 1 min.
  • Add the zucchini noodles and the stir-fry sauce mixture. Keep flipping, stirring, and scooping the ingredients for about 1 minute.
  • Leave the remaining liquid in the wok and scoop out the ingredients and transfer to a plate.
  • Reduce the remaining liquid in the wok over high heat for another 2 to 3 mins until the sauce is thickened. Pour the thickened sauce over and serve!


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 1428mg | Potassium: 1276mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3941IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Chicken Recipes, Asian Fusion, Noodles, Pad See Ew, Thai Noodles, Broccoli
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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