“Chicken Lo Mein” Zoodles

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Every time the new year rolls around, it seems like everyone makes a resolution involving weight loss, healthy eating, or general fitness. We’ve been eating zoodles for awhile now (see here, here, here, & here), but I think they’re a great way to simultaneously cut calories and add more healthy vegetables to your dinners! This zoodles dish was inspired by a recipe I’ve had saved on Pinterest for awhile now from the blog/website SkinnyTaste. On this site, you can find so many healthy recipe ideas and healthier variations of classics. Given that takeout chicken lo mein can top out anywhere from 1000 to 1500 calories per carton (obviously varying between restaurants and preparations), this homemade version will probably serve your New Year’s resolution AND your waistline well!

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“Chicken Lo Mein” Zoodles

(Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste)
Ingredients: 
  • 12oz chicken breast
  • 2 med-large zucchini
  • Vegetables to stir fry – options:
    • Carrots
    • Bell peppers
    • Onions
    • Mushrooms
    • Green onions
    • Snow peas
    • Broccoli
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 3 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
Instructions: 
  1. Prepare the zoodles. (Click if you need more instruction.)
  2. Slice the chicken and your choices of vegetables.
  3. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp of garlic powder.
  4. Heat the 1 tbsp of neutral oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until no translucent spots are visible.
  5. Remove the chicken to the side and wipe clean if needed.
  6. Add 2 tsp of sesame oil to the pan and increase heat to medium-high. Once oil is quite hot, add the vegetables. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1 tsp of sesame oil, chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, and flour.
  8. Remove vegetables to the side and lower heat to medium.
  9. Add sauce to the pan. Allow to warm for 2-3 minutes, stirring as needed.
  10. Add zoodles, other vegetables, and chicken to the pan. Cook over medium heat for ~5 additional minutes so everything is coated in sauce and vegetables are cooked to your liking.
Serving sizes depends on how many vegetables you choose to add!

Caliente Chicken & Zoodles

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At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Are they zucchini lobbyists like VEEP’s Dan Egan?”  Well… that would be a cool job, but we’re pretty invested in anesthesia school.  Zoodles aren’t too complex to make and are an easy way to get some extra vegetables in your life (never a bad thing).  In terms of flavor, they add a subtle earthiness, but also take on the flavors you’re trying to highlight in a dish.  The spices (chipotle, paprika, and cumin) shine and if you’re looking for a even more heat, toss in a pinch of cayenne or use hot instead of sweet paprika.

This recipe is adapted from another Pinterest find… The original inspiring recipe can be found on Mrs. Happy Homemaker‘s blog.

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Caliente Chicken & Zoodles

Adapted from Mrs. Happy Homemaker blog
Ingredients: 
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 tsp of Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 8oz chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp Frank’s hot sauce
Instructions: 
  1. Prepare your zoodles. See this post if you don’t know how.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and toss with the spices and 1 tsp of lime juice. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, still over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan. Do not clean/wipe out the pan.
  5. Add the zoodles to the pan and cook uncovered for 2 minutes.
  6. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the hot sauce, remaining lime juice, and chopped cilantro. Stir to combine.
  7. Cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Makes a light dinner for two.