by Olena

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

by Olena

5 from 3 reviews

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.

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.

How to Make 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.

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

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.

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!

Enjoy!

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.

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Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

5 from 3 reviews

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.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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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.

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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. 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.:)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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