Spicy Chicken Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Replace pasta with low-calorie and nutrient-rich zucchini, this one-pan spicy chicken zucchini noodles recipe is ready within 30 minutes!

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main, One-Pan Meal
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American Chinese


  • 56 cups spiralized zucchini (about 4 zucchinis)
  • Salt
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon less-sodium soy sauce (use Tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free version)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Use a spiralizer or a julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles.
  2. Place the zoodles in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Use both of your hands to rub the zoodles to make sure the salt is distributed evenly. This will help get rid of the liquid from the zucchinis.
  3. Cut chicken into 2-inch-long thin strips and place in a container. Wash hands. Whisk chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic and brown sugar until well blended. Place half of the sauce in the container with the chicken. Mix well and marinate for 30 minutes (or overnight). If you are in a hurry, marinating the chicken for only a few minutes is not going to be a deal breaker.
  4. Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Place chicken with the marinade in the pan, cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add the other half of reserved chili sauce mixture to the pan, followed by coconut milk. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  6. By now, your zucchini noodles should be ready. Add them into the pan, discard the water from the zucchinis. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Remove pan from heat, stir in basil, cilantro, chicken, and green onions. Top with peanuts and serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!


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