Zucchini noodles with chicken, cilantro, and lime is a delicious 20 minute, healthy, and gluten-free dinner idea.

For other zucchini ‘noodle’ recipes why not check out this zoodle pad Thai or zucchini lasagna!

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

These chicken zucchini noodles are a true light and quick summer dinner which is perfect for the days when it’s too hot to cook, just like my healthy tuna pasta salad. With leftovers for tomorrow’s healthy lunch idea, if serving only 2 of you.

Zucchini noodles were quite crisp and not soggy the next day as well. You could even swap out the chicken for another protein like this lime ginger salmon, grilled shrimp, black beans, or even fried tofu recipe.

Looking for more zucchini ideas? Try my shrimp and zucchini, chicken zucchini with garlic and corn, or one of the most popular recipes, zucchini tomato bake. Just to name a few!

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. You could even skip making chicken and use leftover diced air fryer chicken tenders or air fryer chicken breast!

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 and if you need more ideas for dinner browse over 65 clean eating chicken recipes!

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.
4.95 from 19 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 223
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 660mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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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.

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