by Olena

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

by Olena

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini noodles with chicken, cilantro and lime is delicious 20 minute, healthy and gluten free dinner idea. True light and quick summer dinner which is perfect for the days when it’s too hot to cook. With leftovers for tomorrow, if serving only 2 of you.

Zucchini noodles were quite crisp and not soggy the next day as well. You can use any protein you wish – shrimp, black beans or tofu would go nicely as well.

Looking for more zucchini ideas? Try my chicken zucchini noodles with pesto, chicken zucchini with garlic and corn, or one of the most popular recipes, zucchini bake with garlic parmesan tomatoes.

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How to Make Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini Noodles in spiralizer

Make zucchini noodles using a spiralizer or simply chop zucchini into small chunks or stripes.

chicken cooked in skillet; red bowl of zucchini noodles

I sautéed chicken until golden brown, then added a bit of cumin for that Mexican flavour and set aside.

My zucchini noodles were ready to go in the pan for just 1.5 minutes, that’s all it takes. I wanted zucchini to be crunchy and light, rather than soggy and mushy.

Top with previously cooked chicken, sprinkle with lots of cilantro, squeeze fresh lime juice on top and you are in heaven!


Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

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Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime is delicious 20 minute, healthy and gluten free dinner idea. If you don't have a spiralizer, just chop zucchini.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Olena


  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1.5 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt divided
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp any small hot pepper/jalapeño or to taste seeded and minced (leave seeds in for very hot version)
  • 1 medium or 1/2 large lime juice of
  • 3/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Cooking spray I use Misto


  • Using a spiralizer, make zucchini noodles, transfer into a large bowl and set aside. You can also chop zucchini into any size pieces, if you don't have the gadgets for making zucchini noodles.
  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on high heat and add chicken. Saute until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add cumin, 1/2 tsp salt and ground black pepper towards the end, stir and cook for another minute. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Wipe clean or wash and pat dry the skillet and return to the stove on high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add zucchini noodles. Saute for 1.5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add previously cooked chicken, remaining salt, small hot peppers/jalapeños, lime juice and cilantro. Stir gently and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 48 hours.

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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

    What You Will Find Here

    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

    A Little More About Me

    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. 5 stars
      Small corner of the internet as I am also from Vancouver Island 🙂 had to adjust some of the ingredients from food sensitivities but this was great and very inspired! I did a quick sauce which was soy mixed with apple cider vinegar and oil to replace the lime juice and chili peppers and wow! Thank you for the inspo

    2. 5 stars
      SO good! We added red pepper flakes and subbed garlic salt for regular salt. Definitely adding to a regular rotation!

    3. 5 stars
      It was a really good and fairly easy meal. I loved the flavors of everything together. I was a little doubtful at first because it only said two reviews at the top, but it turned out to be an amazing meal for my family.

      1. Glad you gave it a try! 2 reviews because we installed the review feature way after I published teh recipe. So there is way more positive reviews, just no stars.:)

    4. 5 stars
      I loved this! So fresh and flavorful. I added just a little bit of cumin to the cooking zucchini in addition to what was called for on the chicken.

    5. This was delicious!!! I also added some mushrooms in with the chicken, and then threw in some red bell peppers and olives at the end. I didn’t have a spiralizer or proper utensil for making the zucchini noodles, so I improvised with an old box cheese grater. The noodles were not thick and round, but came out okay. Thank you Olena for sharing your recipe.

    6. am i the only one who didn’t like this recipe? it lacked flavor in my opinion. I had to top off with garlic powder, crushed red pepper, more salt and 1 more lime. i wonder if i did something wrong?

    7. I love cilantro, lime and cumin! Delicious meal…I made it as more of a stir fry as I don’t have a veggie spiralizer. And I’m all about veggies so I added sweet onion. A make-again for sure!

    8. I have a Vidalia Slice Wizard (as seen on TV about 15 years ago). I used the thin julianne blade and cut the zucchini in half so the shreds were about 3″ long. Omg this was delicious! I have always wanted to do zucchini spaghetti but never did. I don’t think I’ll ever eat pasta again!

    9. Could I have permission to use this recipe and accompanying picture in our RV newsletter? I would be happy to give credit to ifoodreal.

    10. This was just a delight! Fresh and tasty, easy and quick, what more could you want? I added a little fresh ginger too. Can’t wait for lunchtime leftovers today

    11. It was good, but my zucchini put out a lot of water making me having to drain the pan a few times. it definitely didn’t look as pretty, but tasted good. not incredibly filling, but we had leftover cake we were going to finish up tonight so it was good that dinner was so healthy!

      1. Sounds like your zucchini noodles might have been overcooked. Try reducing cooking time next time and they shouldn’t release much water and retain the crunchy texture and their shape. Zucchini can be eaten raw, so they don’t need much cooking.

    12. I made this recipe last week, it is quick and easy to make and was absolutely delicious. Thank you 🙂 I’m trying your mac and cheese recipe tonight, can’t wait 🙂

    13. I stumbled upon this recipe and am glad that I did. It was easy, quick and yummy. I had some leftover curry rice that went well with it, too. I just sliced my zucchini length wise, which changed the look of the dish, but was still tasty.

    14. Thanks for a yummy recipe! I cheated a bit and just cut up the zucchini and put it all over some quinoa, but loved the taste of lime and cumin. : ) Love that this was super easy to make as well!

    15. I have made zuchinni noodles before with just a veggie peeler; they’re like eating the thicker rice noodles you can find in pho. But I bet a mandolin works a bit better! And a spiralizer just is for fun 😉

    16. Tried the dish and honestly I’m regretting why I didn’t double my ingredients. It’s crazinly amazing! Thanks for sharing. It’s definitely a keep.

    17. I must try this dish, one more reason to get one of those cool spiralizers. I get tired of pasta, but my husband loves it, so this noodles recipe works perfect for us. Thanks Olena!

    18. That looks really good! Someone gave a me a really nice mandoline from Lee Valley, but, I’m afraid to use it! It’s so sharp and I’m such a Kluts with knives and graters! The spiralizer seems safer!

      1. Those things are sharp! I chopped off my fingertip a few years ago using a mandoline. Had to go to the ER to get my finger cauterized 🙁 make sure to always use the guard!!

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