Keto chicken zoodle al limone

Keto chicken zoodle al limone

A perfect summer dish that can be prepared in advance and then tossed together at the last minute. Delicious bites of chicken are coated in a delicate lemon sauce and then tossed through vibrant zucchini noodles.

Keto chicken zoodle al limone

A perfect summer dish that can be prepared in advance and then tossed together at the last minute. Delicious bites of chicken are coated in a delicate lemon sauce and then tossed through vibrant zucchini noodles.
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs 650 g zucchini, spiralized
  • 4 4 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 123 lbs 750 g boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1 lemon, juice and zestlemons, juice and zest
  • ¾ cup 180 ml heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (113 oz.) 120 ml (40 g) shredded Parmesan cheese, finely grated
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Instructions

  1. Spiralize your zucchini and put them in a colander over the sink to drain. If you don’t have a spiralizer you can use a vegetable peeler.
  2. Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the finely chopped garlic and the thyme and cook for a minute or so, stirring constantly to avoid burning, until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until browned all over, approx 10 minutes (you may need to cook the chicken in batches, depending on the size of your pan).
  5. Add the cream, the lemon zest, and stir to combine. Simmer for a further 3 minutes.
  6. Add the lemon juice and half of the grated parmesan cheese, stir through and simmer for 2 more minutes.
  7. Add the zoodles and toss through to coat. Just cook until the zoodles are warm. You still want them to have some “bite” between your teeth and don’t want them to become watery.
  8. Serve garnished with remaining grated parmesan and black pepper.

Tips

The finished dish is not ideal for freezing or storing. However, both the chicken and sauce can be prepared in advance, stored, and frozen.

This dish can be prepared completely dairy-free. Omit the parmesan and replace the cream with coconut milk or coconut cream - or alternatively, simply mix the chicken with the zoodles with olive oil.

Alternative seasoning suggestions include using fresh basil, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke as a garnish.

Recommended special equipment

Spiralizer or vegetable peeler

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5 comments

  1. Karin
    Made this last night... and added mushrooms and artichoke quarters. It was delicious! Highly recommended!
  2. Melissa
    Our family really loved this dish. It made for a lovely winter time meal--rich and warm yet bright with the lemon juice and zest. My non-keto husband has a dairy allergy, so we divided the recipe before adding the cream and cheese, sautéed his portion with halved cherry tomatoes and a dash of white pepper, then finished each pan with the lemon zest, lemon juice, and the zoodles. My teen and I reveled in our creamy delish dish and my husband didn't feel left out at all! Perfection!
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  3. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Our family really loved this dish. It made for a lovely winter time meal--rich and warm yet bright with the lemon juice and zest. My non-keto husband has a dairy allergy, so we divided the recipe before adding the cream and cheese, sautéed his portion with halved cherry tomatoes and a dash of white pepper, then finished each pan with the lemon zest, lemon juice, and the zoodles. My teen and I reveled in our creamy delish dish and my husband didn't feel left out at all! Perfection!

    Love it! So glad it was enjoyed by everyone!

  4. Sara Rosen
    I can't believe how good this was- thank you! I had some chicken already baked and made this so quickly. I'm a new type 1 as an adult and have never eaten anything like this but am trying lots of new recipes. This will be a favorite! Have you tried yellow squash in place of zucchini? that's next on my list to try spiraling. Thanks!
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  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I can't believe how good this was- thank you! I had some chicken already baked and made this so quickly. I'm a new type 1 as an adult and have never eaten anything like this but am trying lots of new recipes. This will be a favorite! Have you tried yellow squash in place of zucchini? that's next on my list to try spiraling. Thanks!

    That sounds like it would be a fun twist; bad pun intended!

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