Kung Pao Zoodles

I love Chinese food, but sometimes I want the flavors without the guilt of takeout. Enter: vegetable noodles. Zucchini, yellow squash, and spaghetti squash (just to name a few) make great substitutes for noodles as they cook quickly and absorb the flavors of your sauce well. For dinner last night, we went a little spicy, borrowing Skinny Taste’s Kung Pao Zoodles recipe.

Kung Pao Zoodles

  • 2 zucchini
  • 6 oz skinless chicken breast
  • 1 TBSP canola oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 scallions
  • Additional veggies optional (carrots, red bell pepper, mushrooms, onions)
  • Crushed peanuts (optional)

For the sauce

  • 1 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 1/2 TBSP water
  • 1/2 TBSP red chili paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Use a spiralizer (if you have one) or a julienne peeler to cut the zucchini into long noodle-like strips. If you don’t have either of those tools, a normal peeler will work too, the noodles will just be a little wider.

In a small bowl, whisk together your soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, hoisin, water, red chili paste, sugar and cornstarch, and set aside.

Chop up your chicken into bite size pieces and season with salt and pepper. In a nonstick pan, heat your canola oil over medium-high heat and cook until the chicken is cooked through. Set aside.

After removing the chicken, reduce the heat on your pan to medium and add the sesame oil, garlic and ginger to the skillet. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add any of your additional vegetables and stir in your sauce. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in your zucchini noodles and mix everything together for about 2 minutes to cook the zoodles through.  Finish by stirring in your chicken and top with scallions and peanuts, if desire.

This dish is a perfect combination of sweet, salty, and spicy. I served mine with some frozen chicken dumplings to give it that “takeout” feel (they also tasted delicious dipped in the zoodle sauce!) All the flavor and none of the guilt!

Until next time!


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