Drunken Chicken Zoodle Casserole takes a spin on the original Pad kee mao Asian stir fry and puts it in casserole form. A paleo zucchini noodle casserole with tons of flavor, Thai spices, and simple healthy ingredients! A delicious, light, high protein, low carb recipe.
My latest obsession, among many, is making the most out zoodles in the form of spiralized comfort food. I don’t know about you, but sometimes plain zucchini noodles get boring. Heck, unless your bugs bunny, we all like to eat vegetables that have some “Ooompf !” Don’t me wrong, I love the extra veggie consumption spiralized vegetables add to dishes, but with that also needs to come more substance and/or flavor, ya know? You know I know that you know.
Anyway, comfort food in the form of casseroles and Asian food are my JAM… err Jelly? Yes, noodle bowls, spicy Thai, creamy chicken curry, homestyle tuna (zoodle) and chicken casserole favorites. GLORIOUS I tell you!
So just add this paleo drunken chicken zoodle casserole to the list. Gosh I’ve been wanting to try this for so long. Drunken noodles are amazing, but when you make them into chicken zoodle casserole form, they are even more amazing. Why? Because you can transport them as a stir fry noodle potluck dish, make for meal prep, or feed the whole family around the table.
I know my Thai and Chinese foodie friends are shaking their head at me now. I might have just butchered this Asian dish, but hey, don’t knock it till you try it.
The reason I chose to create a paleo drunken chicken zoodle casserole out of the original, or pad kee mao, is really for 2 reasons.
Well, besides the comfort food zoodle recipes obsession mention above.
- Pad kee mao, includes egg. In most Thai recipes, anyway. It also contains a copious amount of veggies, herbs, spices, and lean protein. The secret really is in the stir fry sauce, which makes for the perfect casserole concoction.
- Drunken Noodles (pad kee mao) is one of the best of Asian comfort food stir fry noodle dishes! THRIFTY TOO! No, it doesn’t include alcohol. I think everyone has their take on this dish, but from what I’ve heard, Drunken Noodles came about by someone who came home drunk, had the munchies, and made a dish with just the available ingredients. Aka “Drunkard’s Noodles.” Oh and according to wikipedia, the other slight variation describes this dish as a stir noodle recipe that pairs well with alcohol. I’ll let you choose what to believe, mm mm k?
In my opinion, Drunken Noodles stir fry is the Oriental version of Mac N Cheese or any other skillet/one pot wonder. It’s simple. It’s cozy. And you can tailor it to your liking . Ha, which is exactly what I did. Chicken Casserole form ya’ll! Low carbish. Veggies packed. Protein Packed. EGGCELLENT! I used, gluten free tamari soy sauce, palm sugar, peppers, chicken, Thai basil, and birds eye chili peppers with extra jalapeños. Gasp! I know, more spice. Don’t worry, you can De-spicy this dish. It’s a word. I promise.
Ready to get your chicken zoodle casserole on? Yes you are! Just don’t get drunk, capeesh?
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Grab a plate, or bowl, or whatever. Fork optional. Feel free to face plant. No rules with this zoodle casserole dish!
If you were to make an Asian dish into a healthyish casserole, what would you make?
I’m game for more!