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Thai Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

Thai Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls are packed with fresh veggies and tender chicken. A spicy almond satay sauce adds a serious amount of Thai-style flavor!

thai chicken sweet potato noodle bowl with lime wedges and chop sticks

Thai Chicken Sweet Potato Bowls

These bowls are packed with healthy ingredients and tons of nutrients. A base of spiralized sweet potato noodles with bell pepper and chicken is sauteed in sesame oil, then tossed in a fragrant almond butter coconut curry satay sauce, and garnished with chopped cashews and fresh lime wedges.

This Thai sweet potato stir fry dish is loaded with Asian flavors that your whole family will love. If you love cooking gluten free Asian style meals, you’ll love my Asian Chicken Salad and Sesame Zucchini Noodle Salad.

a bowl filled with sweet potato noodles, chicken, spinach, chopped cashews, and lime wedges

How to Make Sweet Potato Noodles

To begin prepping your Thai sweet potato bowls, you’ll need to spiralize a couple of sweet potatoes.

  1. Clean your sweet potatoes thoroughly to remove excess dirt. Peel the sweet potatoes using a vegetable peeler or paring knife.
  2. Fit a sweet potato to your spiralizer and follow the manufacturer’s directions for spiralizing the sweet potatoes into noodles. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato.
  3. Lay your sweet potato noodles out on a paper towel and pat off any excess moisture before cooking.

I own this spiralizer, and I recommend using the smaller noodle blade instead of the larger one.

a blue bowl filled with spiralized sweet potato noodles

How do you make a noodle bowl?

  1. First, cook your noodles. For this Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl, you’ll saute the sweet potato noodles and sliced bell pepper in sesame oil for a few minutes. Then, add some water to the pan, place a lid over top, and steam the noodles and pepper slices for 2 minutes until they’re softened. 
  2. Next, add spinach to the noodles and cook until wilted. When the spinach is wilted, add diced cooked chicken and cook until everything is heated throughout.
  3. Next, add your sauce and carefully toss all of the ingredients together. Remove the skillet from the heat and divide the contents into bowls.
  4. Finally, garnish your Thai chicken stir fry bowls. I like to serve these bowls with chopped cashews for crunch and a lime wedge for a bit of extra acidity.

Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls Recipe

Substitutes for Chicken in Thai Cuisine

You can absolutely swap out the chicken for another protein if you prefer. Try shrimp or thinly sliced steak.

If you’re vegan, I recommend tofu as a non-meat alternative. 

Almond Butter Satay Sauce

A traditional satay sauce is made with peanuts or peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, curry paste, and brown sugar or palm sugar to add sweetness. In this recipe the sweet potatoes have enough natural sweetness, so no added sugar is necessary.

This peanut free satay sauce recipe uses almond butter in place of the peanuts and also contains garlic, ginger, and chili paste for heat and flavor. You’ll add coconut milk, water, lime juice, and fish sauce along with the almond butter to create a rich and creamy satay sauce that is good enough to eat right from the spoon! 

If you can’t do almonds, you could use cashew butter or peanut butter for these Thai chicken & sweet potato noodle bowls with similar texture results.

To make Almond Butter Satay Sauce

  1. Warm some sesame oil in a pan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Add curry paste, minced garlic, and fresh grated ginger to the pan and cook for a few minutes to allow the aromas and flavors of the ingredients to emerge and meld together.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and whisk until smooth.

Looking for another low-carb, Paleo recipe? Try these Scalloped Sweet Potatoes or  Caribbean Chicken Bowls with Grilled Plantains from Food Faith Fitness. Or you could try this vegetarian Thai Inspired Creamy Coleslaw from one of my favorite gal pals, Cindy, of Vegetarian Mamma!

thai chicken & sweet potato stir fry in a white bowl with lime wedges

thai chicken sweet potato noodle bowl with lime wedges and chop sticks

Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Noodles Bowls are a delicious way to give into your Thai craving while staying low-carb. Spiralized sweet potato “noodles” take the place of rice noodles, and are covered in a spicy satay-like sauce.

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons roasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeeze lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Red Boat Fish Sauce

For the noodles:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons roasted sesame oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, spiralized (about 10 cups total)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken (I use rotisserie)

For the garnish:

  • lime wedges
  • chopped cashews
  • cilantro, optional
  • green onion, optional

Instructions

Make the sauce:

  1. Warm 1 1/2 tablespoons roasted sesame oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste, garlic, and ginger. Stir continuously and fry until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the coconut milk, water, almond butter, lime juice, and Red Boat Fish Sauce. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat.

Make the noodles:

  1. Warm 1 1/2 tablespoons roasted sesame oil in a 12-inch skillet (I used my favorite 12-inch cast iron skillet) over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potato noodles and red bell pepper, sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the water to the pan, cover, and cook for another 2 minutes (do not remove the lid during this time, you are steaming the noodles).
  3. Remove the lid (you won’t need it again), and carefully add the baby spinach (you may need to add half, then stir, then add the remaining half to prevent spillage).
  4. When the baby spinach is mostly wilted, add the diced cooked chicken, and the sauce. Carefully toss all of the ingredients together. When everything is just combined, remove from heat and serve.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges and chopped cashews.

Notes

Not all curry pastes are created equal. Some are spicier than others, some aren't as "pure" as others. I definitely recommend the Mae Ploy brand.

I use this spiralizer, and I recommend using the smaller noodle blade instead of the larger one.

You can absolutely swap out the chicken for another protein if you prefer, shrimp would be great, so would tofu for any of my vegan readers (or just omit it altogether). Also for my vegan readers, you can omit the fish sauce -- just compensate with sea salt to taste.

This recipe calls for almond butter, but you could probably use cashew butter or peanut butter if you needed to (for allergy reasons) or wanted to. Just know I haven't tried either in this particular recipe.

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Kelly Whalen

Sunday 8th of October 2017

This looks delicious! I am diabetic and have to count my carbs. Do you have nutritional information on this dish?

Megan

Saturday 21st of October 2017

Hi Kelly, No, sorry, I don't, but you can easily get those results by popping the ingredients into a calorie counter of some kind.

Krista

Thursday 31st of August 2017

I love everything in this bowl! It looks yummy!

Megan

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Thank you so much, Krista!

carrie @ frugal foodie mama

Thursday 31st of August 2017

Loving those sweet potato noodles! :) And it looks like you all had a good time in Portland. Did you get a chance to stop in at Petunia's? Everything in their bakery is gluten free.

Megan

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Hi Carrie! Thank you! Yes, we did stop by Petunia's. Such a cute place!

Allyson Zea

Thursday 31st of August 2017

Wow I love this idea! I also LOVE those bowls!

Megan

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Thanks Allyson! I just got these bowls in - Etsy is the best!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Thursday 31st of August 2017

Now this is something that I would love to have for dinner one night this week! Love this!!

Megan

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Thanks, Angie! It's definitely a favorite dinner around here!