One-Skillet Teriyaki Chicken Zoodles

Looking for a light and healthy dinner option after the decadence of Thanksgiving?  Look no further!  This one-pot meal is low-carb, gluten and dairy free, and packed with nutrition.  The whole dish can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:
2 medium pieces boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 2/3 lb) cut into chunks
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
3 medium zucchinis, cut into noodles using a spiralizer*
1 carrot, cut into noodles using a spiralizer
Sesame Seeds, optional garnish

Sauce:
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Salt, black pepper and red chili flakes to taste, optional

Preparation Instructions: 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and/or red chili flakes.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken with salt, pepper and drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of sauce over the chicken. Allow to marinate for a few minutes while you prep the spiralized veggies.

 

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a large skillet / saute pan on medium. Add chicken and cook until lightly brown, about 1-2 minutes. Add in the pineapple chunks and cook for another 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Pour in the sauce and turn the heat to high. Allow sauce to bubble and thicken while stirring – about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the spiralized zucchini and carrots into the pan and toss to coat with the sauce.  Cook for about 2 minutes, until zucchini is tender.  Be careful not to overcook as the veggies can get mushy!
  • Remove from heat and drizzle extra sauce in pan over chicken and serve immediately, garnish with sesame seeds if desired, serve and enjoy!

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*After spiralizing the zucchini, wring out extra moisture and pat dry with a paper towel.  This will keep your dish from being too watery!

If you don’t have a spiralizer, it is a must-have for the low-carb, gluten-free kitchen!  They are relatively cheap on Amazon.