Healthy Pregnancy Recipes: Thai Chicken-Noodle Salad

    Healthy Pregnancy Recipes: Thai Chicken-Noodle Salad

    Learn how to put together a yummy Thai Chicken-Noodle Salad.

    MAKES 6 SERVINGS
    PREP TIME: 10 minutes
    COOK TIME: 25 minutes
    TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes

    Healthy Pregnancy Recipes: Thai Chicken-Noodle Salad

     

    Key Prenatal Benefits

    High in...

    • Choline, which supports your baby’s brain development
    • Niacin, which allows for normal nervous system function
    • Omega-3 fatty acids, which promote your heart health and support the development of your baby’s brain and eyes
    • Omega-6 fatty acids, which support the normal development of your baby’s brain and eyes
    • Pantothenic acid, which supports your immune system
    • Phosphorus, which is a component of all cell membranes, as well as DNA and RNA, and aids in the development of strong teeth and bones
    • Protein, which promotes the development of muscles and organs
    • Selenium, which contributes to a healthy immune system and proper thyroid function
    • Vitamin A, which supports your baby’s immune system and aids in cell growth and development
    • Vitamin B6, which may ease morning sickness and assists in the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system
    • Vitamin B12, which plays a vital role in blood cell formation and a healthy nervous system
    • Vitamin C, which supports the immune system, aids in your postnatal recovery, and promotes your baby’s healthy cell development
    • Zinc, which is an essential component of more than 100 enzymes, is important for your baby’s growth and development, and helps lower the risk of premature delivery and pregnancy-induced hypertension

    Good source of...

    • Copper, which supports the development of your baby’s heart, skeletal system, brain, and nervous system
    • Iron, which wards off anemia, fights fatigue, and supports a healthy immune system
    • Magnesium, which serves as an important component of more than 300 enzymes in the body
    • Manganese, which plays a role in metabolism and blood clotting and aids in your baby’s development of organs, bones, connective tissue, and hearing
    • Riboflavin, which is necessary for tissue function, respiration, and metabolism
    • Thiamin, which aids in metabolism and allows for normal function of the nervous system and muscles
    • Vitamin E, which fosters your baby’s eye development and aids in your postnatal recovery
    Ingredients  
    12 ounces Thai-style flat rice noodles
    3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
    ⅓ cup bottled Thai peanut sauce
    1 bag (8 ounces) stringless sugar snap peas or Chinese pea pods (2 cups)
    1 cup shredded carrots
    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    1 bunch scallions, white and light-green parts only, sliced (⅓ cup)
    ½ cup light sesame-ginger salad dressing

    Directions

    1. Prepare the noodles according to the package directions. Drain well and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a large bowl, toss with the peanut sauce, and set aside.
    3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil. Add the peas, carrots, and garlic and cook, tossing, until sizzling, 1 minute. Add the vegetable mixture to the bowl with the chicken.
    4. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet. Add the softened noodles and cook, tossing, until sizzling, 5 minutes. Add the noodles, scallions, and dressing to the chicken mixture and toss to combine.

    TIP

    If flat rice noodles are not available, replace them with dried fettuccine boiled just until al dente.

    NUTRITION (Per Serving)  
    CALORIES 503 cal
    FAT 17.63 g
    SATURATED FAT 2.28 g
    SODIUM 160.72 mg
    CARBOHYDRATES 61.77 g
    TOTAL SUGARS 6.65 g
    DIETARY FIBER 2.6 g
    PROTEIN 21.93 g
    BIOTIN 8.7 mcg
    BETA-CAROTENE 1532.1 mcg
    CALCIUM 61 mg
    CHLORIDE ----
    CHOLESTEROL 89.8 mg
    CHOLINE 112.46 mg
    CHROMIUM 0.6 mcg
    COPPER 0.16 mg
    FOLATE 41.79 mcg
    IODINE 0.4 mcg
    IRON 3.2 mg
    MAGNESIUM 49.37 mg
    MANGANESE 0.22 mg
    NIACIN 10.47 mg
    OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS 0.62 g
    OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS 6.14 g
    PANTOTHENIC ACID 1.5 g
    PHOSPHORUS 252.81 mg
    POTASSIUM 463.91 mg
    RIBOFLAVIN 0.25 mg
    SELENIUM 26.23 mcg
    THIAMIN 0.23 mg
    VITAMIN A 3001.7 IU
    VITAMIN B6 0.6 mg
    VITAMIN B12 0.6 mcg
    VITAMIN C 28.8 mg
    VITAMIN D 0.94 IU
    VITAMIN E 1.98 mg
    VITAMIN K 70.4 mcg
    ZINC 209 mg