Chicken Zucchini Pad Thai

This recipe is one of my favorite quick meals. This summer, when I was working my first real ‘adult’ job, I loved making this. It’s fast and easy, with a ton of flavor. For those trying to lose weight, it is also high protein and volume, making sure that you get full and stay satisfied.

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The Aldi near my summer job had precut zucchini noodles. These were great and so convenient, but also expensive. A zucchini is probably less than a dollar or even fifty cents, but these noodles topped out at $3.99. I am to cheap to pay that much. If you have a spiralizer, that would be your best bet. If not, a potato peeler or even a knife works well.

 

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If you want a thicker sauce, salt and drain the zucchini noodles first. However, I usually skip that step. It doesn’t really change the taste, and I don’t think that it is really that necessary.

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Like most of my recipes, this makes 1 serving, but again scales up easily. If you meal prep this, be aware that the sauce will likely be very loose.

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • crushed peanuts, for topping (optional)

Method:

  1. Make the zucchini into noodles, either with a spiralizer, a knife, or a potato peeler. Set aside for later.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. In a pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken, and cook until done about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, add the peanut butter, water, garlic, and soy sauce. Stir until you have a sauce that coats the chicken well. The peanut butter may take a second to mix, but keep stirring.
  4. Add the zucchini noodles and toss to coat. Cook about 20-30 seconds, then remove from heat. Serve and enjoy!

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