Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles with a fresh peanut lime sauce mixed with veggie noodles makes a perfect light meal and lunch the next day!
I’ve been Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles since Halloween. Once the holiday season starts and all the baking and parties and starchy side dishes take over I have an intense craving for vegetables. Just something to keep the balance between the holidays and keeping as healthy as possible. The first time I tried veggie noodles I was skeptical even as I was cooking them. I don’t eat pasta incredibly often as it is, but there is something to that chewy, soft noodle that I was nervous I would miss. Even during plating I was giving the food the side eye.
I’m telling you, hands down, from someone who hates substituting things where they don’t naturally fit, veggie noodles are wonderful. We love cooking with them, even if we are still using pasta, I almost always bulk it up with carrot noodles of zucchini noodles.
I even once made this over the top sausage cream pasta dish for my husband who rarely goes for the indulgent dishes but made the request and I added in sweet potato noodles and carrot noodles to make it a one dish meal but add in some nutrients and ingredients other than cream and sausage and butter. He said his favorite part was the veggie noodles! So when the American Diabetes Association Gift of Hope Program reached out to me to work together on a post highlighting many of the healthy products they sell in their catalog to help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes I was immediately on board and I knew I wanted to make these Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles for you all to enjoy.
These Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles are a take on a couple of dishes already on the blog, Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Crunchy Asian Lime Peanut Slaw. It is a deliciously warm noodle version of that slaw and it is completely addicting.
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Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- 3 zucchini, spiral sliced
- 2 large carrots, spiral sliced
- 1 red pepper, spiral sliced
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup green onions, diced
- chopped unsalted roasted peanuts and lime wedges (optional as a garnish)
Add the garlic, ginger, peanut butter, lime juice and zest, soy sauce and red pepper flakes to a small bowl and mix together.
To a large frying pan add your canola oil on high heat.
Add the zucchini, carrots and bell peppers to the pan and cook until just wilted, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in the chicken, sauce, cilantro and green onions and toss together until all warmed through.
Garnish with sesame seeds and wedges of lime if desired.
Top Five Favorite Items from the American Diabetes Gift of Hope Catalog:
1. THIS. Which I used to make this recipe so hey now you have this Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles recipe to print out and include in the gift box. 😉
2. Quick Skewer: Instead of adding one thing at a time to your skewers do a whole row at once!
3. Trivet Rings: I LOVE LOVE LOVE these because it keeps your pan a safe distance off your table AND promotes air flow underneath. Ingenius. 4. Magnetic Measuring Spoons: These nest together, stick together and have TWO sides to them so you can do wet on one side and dry on the other. Basically best measuring spoons ever. 5. Italian Diabetes Cookbook: If there was ever a cuisine that needed a bit of a refresher for those who are managing diabetes it is Italian food! This cookbook is full of fantastic recipes!
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