Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

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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!

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.

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! Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

I’ve been eating this Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles since the holiday 2015 season. 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.

These peanut “noodles” are delicious and perfect both warm and room temperature. I used zucchini noodles and carrot noodles in the recipe. To get the carrots to work I bought them individually from the grocery store. I find that the bagged ones aren’t quite thick enough to make noodles with.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! 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.

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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! 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!

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 Best Vegetables to Spiralize:

  • Zucchini is the undisputed king of vegetable noodles.
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Squash

You can even mix in a bit of noodles to give you a great noodle texture without too many additional calories.

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!

Recipe

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Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

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  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Thai
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!

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the garlic, ginger, peanut butter, lime juice and zest, soy sauce and red pepper flakes to a small bowl and mix together.
  2. To a large frying pan add your canola oil on high heat.
  3. Add the zucchini, carrots and bell peppers to the pan and cook until just wilted, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add in the chicken, sauce, cilantro and green onions and toss together until all warmed through.
  5. Garnish with peanuts and wedges of lime if desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Crunchy Asian Lime Peanut Slaw from this blog 🙂

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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This post is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and was originally published on 12/2/2016.

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!
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!
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!

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    1. I’m so sorry but this was caught in my spam filter. I know this doesn’t help you now but yes, you can substitute ginger with 2 teaspoons of ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground mace, or ground nutmeg.

  1. I was wondering if you know the nutritional info on this dish? I’d love to make it, as a possible “cheat” meal.. even though it healthy! Thanks so much!

    1. I don’t, sorry. But if I were trying to keep healthy I would ditch one to two tablespoons of the peanut butter and add in an equal amount of hot water or chicken stock to it. You’ll still get the peanut flavor but lose about 200 calories from the dish.

  2. Had this tonight it was very quick to make and very tasty. Thank you for a great recipe will definitely be having it again.

    Rating: 5
  3. I have made this two nights in a row! (No shame)The only thing I changed was to save calories on PB, I added powdered peanut butter to the sauce and then splashed in a little water before whisking. It’s to die for! I’m doing Weight Watchers and this ends up being ~5sp depending on amount of chicken. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  4. Hi there!!! We are eating Keto and this recipe will be awesome. I excluded the carrots and added yellow squash to make it more Keto friendly. I also added the ingredients into MyFittnessPal and got the macros for this modified version. 6 servings. Per serving 259 calories fat 18.3g , carbs 16.8 g and protein 10.8 g. We will be making this tonight!!!

  5. I would like to make this recipe, can you possibly convert the 3 zucchini to a measured abound of spirilized zucchini? I have no idea how much 3 is….I usually buy rather small ones.

  6. We eat at a Thai restaurant almost weekly. This recipe was better than anything we get there and healthier. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a thing!

    Rating: 5
  7. I feel a little silly asking this question, but I’m kind of a novice in the kitchen. How do you cook your chicken? You’ve written “cooked and shredded”, though the chicken doesn’t look shredded in the picture; rather it looks like chunks. I want to make this perfectly because it looks amazing and is everything I know I will love, so if you could advise me on this I would appreciate it. Thank you!

    1. I like to cook my chicken breasts a few different ways. You could either put 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a cast iron skillet and cook it for 5-7 minutes each side or bake it in the oven, covered, for 20-25 min at 350 degrees. The oven method doesn’t give you the nice color the skillet does but either way works. Hope you found this helpful!

  8. Made this tonight and loved it! Substituted half a sweet potato for the carrots and next time I think I’ll start that a bit ahead of the other veg. Also was not coordinated enough to spiralize the red pepper, just sliced it very fine. Used 1 tbsp lime juice and 1/2 t powdered ginger as didn’t have fresh. Next time I am going to try sesame chili oil for a bit more of a kick. Thank you!PS I made with chicken breast and 100% peanut butter, figured four WW Smartpoints each for four LARGE servings. Could

    Rating: 5
      1. I recalculated and I think it was actually 5 points. But that’s for four HUGE servings.
        Very good the next day cold for lunch!

  9. I am trying low carb recipes because my husband is border-line diabetic. This dish was SO delicious and he LOVED it. He raved about it actually.I am glad I read the reviews so that I would know to drain the noodles and to cut them up instead of leaving them long.We will definitely have this again.

    Rating: 5