We try to avoid pasta around here. When we do give in, it’s usually for brown rice pasta and quinoa noodles. But this recipe almost makes me believe I’ll never cook with pasta again. You’ll see what I mean when you try it out. The “secret” to this zucchini chicken lo mein is spiralized zucchini. The zucchini noodles camouflage themselves so well with the spices, meats, and vegetables that it actually does seem like you are eating pasta.
Spiralizing may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually fun and very unique. I was never good at hiding vegetables until we got a spiralizer. It definitely changed my thoughts on zucchini, and like I said, it has made me a believer in amazing pasta-less dishes. We use this Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer and it has never failed us for any of our needs.
This Lo Mein is hands down the best thing to come out of my spiralizer (we even made curly fries once!). This recipe is so full of veggies that seconds are a guilt-free must-do.
To make this zucchini chicken lo mein, first spiralize two large zucchinis and pat them dry. Let them sit out in a strainer so they are ready to hit the pan. Next, cook the chicken and it sits aside until reintroduced to the pan near the end of the recipe. Then, toss the celery and red pepper in the same chicken pan you just used. Once those veggies have cooked down, toss the zucchini “noodles” in, letting them cook down as well. Sauce it up, return the chicken, and you’ve got a super healthy one pot wonder.
To prep this one ahead, you could probably cut up your veggies a day before or used pre-cooked chicken! We love this recipe on a week night when we are craving something spicy and “noodle-y”. My only caution for this recipe is it’s hard to make in any larger quantities due to the high volume of vegetables which cook down as you go – but I try to think of that as the best part!
Stay tuned for this and other recipes to be included in our weekly meal plans at Project Meal Plan!
Recipe adapted from Andie Mitchell – Easy Healthy Chicken Lo Mein Under 250 Calories.
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