Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Peanut zucchini noodles with chicken

We've been on more of a clean eating kick now that summer is over--- however, boring food is not my thing so I try to incorporate lots of flavours, textures and veggies into what I'm doing. Enter Asian inspired zoodles! 


5-6 zucchini
1 large onion 
1 clove of garlic
1/4 cup of cilantro 
1/2 bell pepper, cut into strips
1 carrot, cut into thin strips
1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
1.5 pounds  of chicken, cut into small cubes(or more or less depending on your preference)
1 tbsp of oil 

Peanut sauce

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
1 clove of garlic 
1/4 cup of cilantro
1 tbsp of sesame oil
2 tbsp of rice vinegar (or other vinegar if you don't have rice vinegar)
1 tbsp of hoisin (optional)
1 tbsp of sweet chili sauce (optional)
1 tbsp of light soy sauce
Honey to taste
Hot sauce if you wish

(blend all of these together well and the peanut sauce is done)

Optional Toppings:

Toasted sesame seeds
Green onions


1- Cut zucchini into strips or spirals. I have a veggetti but you can use a spiraliser or even a mandolin or cut into tiny strips yourself.  Set aside.

2- Use a mini chopper (if possible) and chop onion, garlic and cilantro. (I'm all about saving time)
3- Place 1 tbsp of oil in pan and when hot, throw the onion mixture. 
4- When translucent and fragrant, add the chicken and brown it. Reduce heat to medium high
5- Add the veggies except for the zoodles. 
6- Add peanut sauce, tablespoon by tablespoon as necessary until saucy--- yeah, that's right. Saucy.
7- Either remove from pan or in a separate pan, heat oil and throw in zoodles. Cover pan to simmer for two to three minutes until steamed . Add chicken mixture until well combined. Add more sauce if you wish. The zoodles do give off some liquid!

8- Top with cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds… if you wish.

Also, there's a bit extra peanut sauce but it can be used as a dipping sauce or I just mixed it in with some regular pasta for my kids. 

This recipe was seriously so, so flavourful and yummy! I used a spoon to scoop up the extra sauce from my plate. It would go well with shrimp or tofu also. 

I can't wait for when it's on the rotation again!

Linking up with 
 Kate and Emily for Tasty Tuesday
 Kristen for Handmade TuesdaySusan for Love From the Kitchenand Beth and some other lovely ladies for Tuesday Talk

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  1. YUM! That looks so good!! I bought a spiralizer for the first time this summer and love "zoodles" - definitely will try this.

  2. I love zucchini noodles, this looks delicious!

  3. I bet this tastes amazing with the peanut flavor. I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yummmmm I make something similar to this, but want to try it with the peanut flavor :)

    Green Fashionista

  5. That sounds tasty! We are planning on zoodles tonight. Will definitely have to save this recipe for next time. Winks and Eyerolls

  6. Prepare it for your parents when we come next wk; we will like to taste it. By the big kisses to our granddaughters.

  7. Can't wait to make this! Sooo yummy when you brought it over :)

  8. Can't wait to make this! Sooo yummy when you brought it over :)


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