Kung Pao Zoodles is a low calorie (under 300), low carb dish using spiralized zucchini noodles, cooked in a sweet/spicy Asian sauce, and it can be made with or without chicken.
Kung Pao Zoodles is a low calorie (under 300), low carb dish using spiralized zucchini noodles, cooked in a sweet/spicy Asian sauce, w/or without chicken.

I’ve got to be honest here… this recipe totally surprised me! I purchased a spiralizer recently, to essentially make “noodles” out of a lot of different vegetables. I’d been wanting one for a while, and finally bought a fairly inexpensive one ($29).

What If I Do Not Have A Spiralizer?

If you do not have access to a Spiralizer, it IS possible to make zucchini noodles by hand. The best video I’ve seen to describe how to do this is on YouTube, which demonstrates three easy ways to make your own “zoodles” (with box grater, vegetable peeler, or mandoline). I recommend watching it! Here’s the link to the short video, from Kelly Senyei at “Just A Taste”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETgPaDQh9S4

This was the first recipe I made using it, and my expectations were fairly low for what Kung Pao Zoodles would taste like. Zoodles is a word commonly used to describe Zucchini Noodles!

Whoa! I’m NOT KIDDING… I totally LOVED this dish!  This dish can also be a healthy/delicious meatless meal, by simply omitting the chicken breast.  It only took a couple minutes to turn two medium sized zucchini into gorgeous pasta like strands of veggie goodness!  Once cooked with the amazingly easy Asian inspired sauce, this dish made me GIDDY with excitement with my first bite!

This recipe for Kung Pao Zoodles is very easy to prepare. If there is one tip I can give you, it is to HAVE EVERYTHING PREPPED AND READY TO GO BEFORE BEGINNING COOKING! The dish comes together very quickly once started, so be prepared!

How Do I Make Kung Pao Zoodles?

Cut ends off both zucchini, then spiralize them into spaghetti-like noodles, catching them as they come out into a medium sized bowl. If using a Spiralizer, cut the noodles with kitchen shears into 7 or 8 inch strips (cut long zoodles right in the bowl a couple of times- snip, snip!). Set aside.

Zucchini being spiralized into noodles to make Kung Pao zoodles.

Stir or whisk Asian sauce ingredients together in a small bowl (soy or tamari sauce, balsamic vinegar, hoisin sauce, water, sriracha, sugar and cornstarch). Set sauce aside.

Asian sauce is mixed in bowl for Kung Pao Zoodles.

If Preparing Kung Pao Zoodles WITH Chicken:

If adding chicken to this dish, season lightly with salt and black pepper. Heat vegetable oil over medium high heat. Place chicken cubes into large skillet; cook until lightly browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside (or drain on paper towel).

Chicken breast cubes are cooked for Kung Pao Zoodle dish.

Prepare The Rest of This Dish

Turn the heat down to medium and add sesame oil, minced garlic and grated fresh ginger to skillet. Stir and cook for 30-45 seconds, being careful to not let the garlic burn.

Sesame oil, garlic and ginger cooking for kung pao zoodles.

Add chopped red peppers, then stir in the Asian sauce. Bring sauce to a quick boil, then turn heat down to LOW, and cook for a minute or so until sauce is bubbling and has thickened.

Asian sauce and red bell peppers are added to skillet for kung pao sauce.

Add zucchini noodles (zoodles) to skillet.  Stir while cooking until zoodles are coated with the sauce.  Cook for two minutes, stirring often. As the zucchini noodles cook, they will release water, which will help to blend the sauce together with the noodles.

Zucchini noodles (zoodles) are added to skillet.

Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are cooked in the Kung Pao sauce.

When done, add cooked chicken pieces (if using), and stir to combine. I found using tongs worked great at getting everything mixed together.

Divide Kung Pao zoodles between two serving bowls, and garnish each with chopped dry roasted peanuts and sliced green onions.

Bowl of Kung Pao Zoodles garnished with chopped peanuts and green onions.

Serve these delicious Kung Pao zoodles and enjoy! I absolutely LOVED this dish…there is so much yummy flavor! This meal is filling (as each serving is about 2 cups), it tastes amazing, and it so low in calories! Winner, winner… ZOODLE dinner!

Kung Pao Zoodles with a pair of chopsticks... ready to serve!

Chopsticks lifting up a bite of Kung Pao Zoodles!

I really hope you will try making these Kung Pao Zoodles!  If you prefer the more traditional version of Kung Pao Chicken, I hope you will check out that recipe, as well.

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Recipe Source: http://recipestotry.ca/kung-pao-chicken-with-zucchini/

Kung Pao Zoodles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Kung Pao Zoodles is a low calorie (under 300), low carb dish using spiralized zucchini noodles, cooked in a sweet/spicy Asian sauce, w/or without chicken.
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: kung pao zoodles
Servings: 2 (approx. 2 cups per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 281 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Zoodles:
  • 2 medium zucchini , ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or canola oil **if adding chicken
  • 6 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast **cut in 1/2 inch cubes (if adding chicken)
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper , cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped dry roasted peanuts (for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (for garnish)
For Asian Sauce:
  • Tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (tamari for gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Cut ends off both zucchini, then spiralize them into spaghetti-like noodles,. Cut noodles with kitchen shears into 8 inch strips. Set aside.

  2. Stir or whisk Asian sauce ingredients together in a small bowl (soy or tamari sauce, balsamic vinegar, hoisin sauce, water, sriracha, sugar and cornstarch). Set sauce aside.
  3. If adding chicken to this dish, season lightly with salt and black pepper. Heat vegetable oil over medium high heat. Place chicken cubes into large skillet; cook until lightly browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside (drain on paper towel).

  4. Turn heat down to medium and add sesame oil, minced garlic and grated fresh ginger to skillet. Stir and cook for 30-45 seconds, being careful to not let garlic burn. Add chopped red peppers, then stir in Asian sauce. Bring sauce to a boil, then turn heat to LOW, and cook for a minute or so until sauce is bubbling and has thickened.  Add zucchini noodles to skillet.  Stir while cooking until zoodles are coated with sauce.  Cook for two minutes, stirring often. As the zucchini noodles cook, they will release water, which will help to blend the sauce together with the noodles. When done, add cooked chicken pieces (if using), and stir to combine. I found using tongs worked great at getting everything mixed together.

  5. To serve, divide Kung Pao zoodles between two serving bowls, and garnish with chopped peanuts and sliced green onions. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Caloric calculation of 281 per serving includes chicken and vegetable oil to cook it in.  If preparing this recipe as a MEATLESS meal, the calorie count would be approximately 167 calories per (2 cup) serving.

**Weight Watchers - Points+ = 7 points (with chicken).

Nutrition Facts
Kung Pao Zoodles
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 724mg31%
Potassium 976mg28%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1410IU28%
Vitamin C 78.6mg95%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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