Lemon Garlic Chicken Zoodles
Zoodles are a great pasta substitute and taste absolutely delicious when you add lemon, cheese, red pepper flakes, tomatoes, garlic, parsley and chicken to the mix.
- 6 zucchini
- 2 chicken breasts (about 15 oz / 425 gr), cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon fine grain salt
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 30mins
Adapted from theironyou.com
Using a spiralizer create zucchini spaghetti (always read the directions as they vary by brand - I use this spiralizer.) If you don't have a spiralizer use a regular vegetable peeler to vertically peel long, thin strips of the zucchini. This will form more of a wider "noodle" from the zucchini, like fettuccini.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add zucchini noodles and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until zucchini noodles are tender but still retain some crunch.
Let the noodles rest for about 3 minutes so that they can release all of the moisture. Transfer noodles to a colander and drain the excess water from the pan.
Wipe the pan and heat one tablespoon of olive oil, when sizzling, add chicken cubes and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes.
Add tomatoes and parsley, lower to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, or until tomatoes start to break down and release some of their juice.
In the meantime in a small bowl combine lemon juice, the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Add zoodles to the pan alongside the lemon juice mixture.
Stir until everything is combined and heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (if using) and serve!
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