This dish was inspired by the most unhealthy bowl of pasta I craved (and ate) almost on the daily, years ago at one of our families old restaurants, Smooths. It was creamy, loaded with carbs, and just plain delish. It’s been years since I’ve had that version, so I decided to create a healthier version to curb my craving for it. To keep this Whole30, be sure to use Almond Butter. If you are not on Whole 30 and want to add noodles instead of the Zucchini noodles, by all means. Go for a wheat or gluten free pasta for a healthier version.
I hope you enjoy this one like I do!
Here is what you’ll need…
- 4 Tbsp. of Grape Seed Oil (Olive Oil works)
- 1 Lb. of Chicken Tenders Diced (Or shredded a rotisserie)
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 2 zucchini, spiralized
- 1 large carrot, pealed
- 1 red pepper, julienned
- 1/3 cup of bean sprouts
- 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, diced
- 1/4 cup of green onions, diced
- Sesame seeds (for garnish)
Ingredients for Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 Tbsp. of peanut butter (Almond Butter if on Whole30)
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 Tbsp. coconut aminos
- 1/2 Tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 Tsp. of red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, peanut butter, coconut aminos, lime juice, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add 2 Tbsp. of grape seed oil and add chicken tenders. Sauté each side for 3-4 minuets until cooked through and set aside.
- In the same large skillet over medium high heat, at remaining 2 Tbsp. grape seed oil.
- Add zucchini noodles, red onion, bell pepper, and carrot to the skillet and fry for 2 minuets.
- Add green onion and bean sprouts and sautéed for another 1-2 minuets.
- Dice chicken and add back to skillet.
- Add spicy peanut sauce to skillet and mix thoroughly.
Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds
Prep it in advance
- Make the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate up to four days.
- Chop and refrigerate all of the vegetables.
- Cook your chicken and store in the refrigerate.
Don’t hesitate sharing this one with your kiddos. I totally understand having picky eaters, but if you boil some noodles, leave a couple traces of veggies and chicken in it with the peanut sauce, I think the kids can enjoy it too. Also remember to leave the red pepper flakes out of the sauce and just top it to yours after you make your kids plate. The noodles are a great addition for you too if you are not trying to eat extra clean. If substituting noodles, I love the brand Jovial! The ingredients in it are really clean.
I hope you enjoy!
Katie and Judy