Ingredients for Chicken and Zoodle Recipe
1 carrot, spiralized
2 zucchinis, spiralized
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 of a red or white onion, sliced
Opt: 8oz of shitake mushrooms, rinsed
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch
Opt: Sprinkle of chili flakes, sesame seeds or crushed peanuts
*See below for a paleo friendly version of this teriyaki sauce.
Step 1: Cook chicken over medium-high heat. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder towards the end of cooking. Spriralize the carrot and zucchinis while the chicken cooks. Cut up chicken after it’s cooked.
Step 2: In a saute pan over medium heat, add a few teaspoons of olive oil and then add the spiralized zucchini and onion. Cook stirring constantly till zucchini becomes loose and begins to lose its stiff shape. Add the shitake mushrooms and any other veggies you would like to add (this meal is very versatile). Meanwhile, mix the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, honey and cornstarch together. Feel free to add the chili flakes if you like spice.
Step 3: Once the veggies are cooked (only 3 minutes or so), add the chicken back into the pan along with the teriyaki sauce you just made. Stir till the sauce gets thick and evenly coats everything. Top with sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and the spiralized carrots.
Paleo Friendly Zoodle Recipes
My husband and I just finished the Paleo diet. (I include myself in this statement out of default, I did the Paleo diet only because I was too lazy to cook different food for myself every night while my husband was on it.)
For those who don’t know, the Paleo diet is based off of eating like cave men who were hunters and gatherers. This means you only eat vegetables, meat, beans, nuts and seeds. You can’t eat dairy, fruit (though this is really based on our version of Paleo), sugar, wheat and anything processed.
Now before you freak out and call me a hypocrite for using the word paleo in an article that uses soy sauce as an ingredient. This section is to revise the above recipe to be paleo friendly.
It’s really quite simple, just switch out soy sauce for coconut amino and instead of cornstarch use tapioca flour.
Side note, I love teriyaki sauce. As a kid, I would go to this Japanese steak house and get a big bowl of pineapple doused in teriyaki sauce. Yeah, I was a weird kid.
But teriyaki is very versatile and making it the paleo friendly way cuts out the unhealthy aspects of it. So go ahead! Eat your teriyaki chicken and zoodles guilt-free!