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easy penang curry chicken + noodle bowls

I absolutely love panang curry. If you’ve never tried it, Panang curry is a mild, nutty curry which has the nutty, mellow flavor and texture of roasted peanuts ground right into the curry paste.

Here, inspired by Panang curry, I used Whole30 ingredients to make a delicious weeknight dinner. To make a quick Penang that remained Whole30 approved, I combined ready-made Thai Red Curry Paste with some creamy almond butter, plus a little ground coriander and cumin for added flavor. I really love the way the flavors all mend together. The warm, spicy, creamy curry combined with the sweetness of the spaghetti squash is such a dreamy, delightful combination. 

easy penang curry chicken + noodle bowls

easy penang curry chicken + noodle bowls
5 from 7 votes

Whole30 Panang Curry Chicken + Noodle Bowls

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 tbsp. Red Curry Paste
  • 3 tbsp. Crazy Richard's Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 large shallot diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper seeds and core removed, and sliced thin
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 can full fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tsp. red boat fish sauce
  • 1.5 cups sliced shittake mushrooms
  • 4 cups Roasted Spaghetti Squash 1 large squash OR 4 cups spiralized zucchini
  • thai basil for serving
  • cilantro for serving
  • 1 lime cut into wedges, for serving


  • In a small bowl, combine the red curry paste, almond butter, coriander, and cumin. Set Aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add in the penang curry mixture, saute for about 2 minutes, or until very fragrant.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and the fish sauce, whisk until well combined.
  • Season the sliced chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add in the chicken, red bell pepper, broccoli, and stir into the sauce. Let simmer in the sauce until cook through, covered (but stirring occasionally) until the chicken is cooked through and the bell peppers are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Uncover and stir in the mushrooms and let simmer for 2 more minutes.
  • Divide zoodles or the roasted spaghetti squash amongst 4 bowls. Ladle the curry over the "noodles" and toss to coat. Garnish with basil and cilantro, and serve with a wedge of lime.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. Made this with rotisserie chicken I didn’t know what to do with. Served with rice. SO good. All three kids ate it up…said it was SO good and hubby had two servings.