Backpackers' Instant Noodles


Homemade pad thai backpacking meal with full flavor! I love making my own backpacking food, and this recipe is creamy and full of perfect Thai peanut flavor. Remember you want to use a noodle that cooks in 5 minutes or less for your backpacking food. Cook time will vary based on elevation.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 cup dried rice noodles

  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts

  • ¼ cup freeze-dried vegetables

  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (such as PB2®)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons powdered chicken bouillon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons freeze-dried cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Combine rice noodles, peanuts, vegetables, powdered peanut butter, chicken bouillon, cilantro, chia seeds, salt, garlic powder, ginger, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Remove air and seal.

  2. Reconstitute rice noodle mixture by pouring in 1 cup boiling water; mix well. Let sit until noodles and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

    close up view of dry noodles with dry peas, carrots and spices, in a plastic container and in a plastic bag, on a wooden board
    Buckwheat Queen


Add 1/4 cup freeze-dried chicken if desired.

If desired, substitute cashews for peanuts, vegetable bouillon for chicken bouillon, and flax seeds for chia seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

891 Calories
24g Fat
149g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 891
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1592mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 149g 54%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 60mg 300%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 808mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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