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Cilantro Lime Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

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Looking for a wonderful light dish full of flavor? This is the meal to answer all your questions! The lime, cilantro, spicy Mexican taste adds a lot of pizzazz to the chicken along with zucchini “pasta” that just makes your mouth water. The zucchini provides a perfect substitution to pasta noodles with a very low amount of carbohydrates and you don’t even realize that it’s not pasta! This is quite possibly one of my favorite main dishes!

Further Food Commentary:

Coming in at 9 grams of high-quality lean protein per ounce, chicken breast is a good source of phosphorous, selenium and B vitamins. Zucchini also offers B vitamins, including riboflavin, B6 and folate, as well as antioxidant manganese. Of importance for anyone with diabetes or prediabetes, the pectin fiber in low-calorie zucchini may be of help in moderating blood sugar levels. In addition it promotes satiety and digestive health, may help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and provides natural hydration.

Note: If you're watching sodium content, stick with about 1/8 teaspoon salt per breast. If it still needs seasoning once you can taste it after cooking, squeeze over a bit more lime juice or try a salt-free herb or spice blend to boost flavor.

By Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN
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Cilantro Lime Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

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  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

3 large zucchinis
1.5 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch pieces)
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 jalapeño (chopped)
1-2 large limes (squeezed for juice)
¾ cup cilantro (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Using a Spiralizer, use the small noodle tray option (Blade C- the triangle holes) to make zucchini noodles. Then transfer into a large bowl.
  2. With a skillet on high heat, add chicken and sauté until golden brown.
  3. Add cumin, salt, pepper, half of the lime juice, and half of the cilantro.
  4. Cook for another minute and then transfer into a bowl and set a side.
  5. Next, keeping the chicken juices in the pan, pour in the zucchini noodles and chopped jalapeno.
  6. Stir them and sauté them for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the rest of the lime juice, cilantro, and a pinch of salt. Add more or less of lime juice and cilantro to cook to taste.
  8.  Pour noodles in a large bowl with the chicken and stir gently. Serve hot and enjoy!
Using a Spiralizer, use the small noodle tray option (Blade C- the triangle holes) to make zucchini noodles. Then transfer into a large bowl. With a skillet on high heat, add chicken and sauté until golden brown. Add cumin, salt, pepper, half of the lime juice, and half of the cilantro. Cook for another minute and then transfer into a bowl and set a side. Next, keeping the chicken juices in the pan, pour in the zucchini noodles and chopped jalapeno. Stir them and sauté them for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the lime juice, cilantro, and a pinch of salt. Add more or less of lime juice and cilantro to cook to taste.  Pour noodles in a large bowl with the chicken and stir gently. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 357; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 130mg; Sodium: 788mg; Potassium: 1935mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 58g

Nutrition Bonus: Vit C: 163%; Vit A: 40%; Iron: 17%; Calcium: 15%

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