Printable recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken at the end of the post
This recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken is my go-to recipe for a quick, healthy lunch. This is my absolute favorite low-carb meal because it’s tasty and doesn’t require much planning.
The Vegetable Spiralizer
I purchased my Paderno Spiralizer several years ago when I decided to cut back on carbs. I use it all the time, to make zucchini noodles as a substitution for pasta. I love using it, but honestly this is about the only thing I’ve made with it!
Currently, I do not own a spiralizer cookbook, but there are several good-looking ones out there. I plan to purchase one in the near future so I can expand my spiralizer horizons!
Usually, I prepare this for my lunch, so I use one small to medium-sized zucchini.
Since the skin is a good source of fiber and nutrients, I leave it on. However, be sure to use a vegetable peeler to remove any bumpy parts. From my experience, this bumpy skin is gritty and will ruin your experience, for sure!
Cut off the ends of the zucchini, so it sits nicely in the spiralizer.
Then, just turn the handle and watch the beautiful zucchini noodles appear!
Be sure to place a large bowl like this one in front to catch all of the spirals.
And voila – zucchini noodles!
Cook the Zucchini Noodles
Sometimes I will quickly saute the zucchini spirals in a bit of olive oil. But if you are in a hurry, give them a quick steam in the microwave. Just a minute or two, depending on your microwave. Cooking too long will yield mushy spirals.
After cooking, squeeze the excess water from the zucchini with a paper towel.
Keep squeezing – there will be a lot of moisture.
Add Cooked Chicken Breast
Sometimes on a Sunday, I grill several chicken breasts to use during the coming week for quick, healthy meals.
I also keep these Springer Mountain Farms frozen grilled chicken breasts in the freezer. They are great to keep on hand for super-busy times when I don’t have any prepared chicken in the frig.
Nothing compares to a freshly grilled chicken breast, but eating healhy takes serious planning. I like having these readily available to keep me on track! Honestly, these are the best frozen grilled chicken breasts I’ve tried.
Add Salt, Pepper, and Olive Oil
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Next, drizzle with a little extra-virgin olive oil. We buy Kirkland extra-virgin olive oil at Costco. It has good flavor and is economical.
I keep the oil in both the dispenser bottle and the Misto sprayer. The Misto is perfect for portion-control, and can be used to add just a fine mist of olive oil for flavor enhancement.
Add Shredded Parmesan
Finally, garnish with about a tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese.
The parm and the olive oil are where the flavor comes from – delish!
Experiment with Add-Ins or Another Protein
If you are watching your carbs, trying to eat healthier, or simply need a light lunch option, this is a great recipe. It’s easy to throw together in a hurry, while allowing you to stay on track. But feel free to experiment!
Try adding in other items for flavor. I have made this more times than I can count, and have added sliced cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced black olives, or pine nuts. I have also substituted crumbled feta for the shredded parmesan cheese.
Also, feel free to experiment with your protein – a grilled tuna filet or grilled salmon steak sounds lovely!
Let me know what you come up with!
A quick and easy recipe for healthy spiralized zucchini and grilled chicken
- 1 Small to medium zucchini
- 1 Prepared grilled chicken breast
- 1 tbsp Shredded parmesan cheese
- Olive oil, to taste extra virgin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Wash and dry zucchini.
Using a vegetable peeler, remove any bumpy or tough skin. Cut off the ends of the zucchini.
Create zucchini spirals with vegetable spiralizer.
Microwave zucchini "noodles" for 1 - 2 minutes. Using a paper towel, squeeze excess water from cooked zucchini.
Top with grilled chicken breast. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese.