Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce in a white bowl.

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce is a healthy weeknight meal the entire family will love!  Simple enough to make for one person with a crowd-pleasing taste.  A simple peanut sauce elevates zucchini noodles and chicken to a dinnertime favorite.

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce in a white bowl.
Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce is a healthy weeknight meal the entire family will love!  Simple enough to make for one person with a crowd-pleasing taste.  A simple peanut sauce elevates zucchini noodles and chicken to a dinnertime favorite.

Summer squash being cut with a vegetable peeler.

Time Away

I’m taking a little time off to spend some much-needed R&R with my family and an early celebration of my upcoming 10th wedding anniversary. By the time you read this, I will hopefully be relaxing on the beach, Piña Colada in hand, a straw hat on my head, and a book on my lap. The kitchen has been cleaned spotless and I am looking forward to not cooking for a full week!

But I have a few things planned in my absence, the first of which is a beautiful guest post from Amanda Opaluch, who writes The Cilantropist. If you haven’t yet encountered Amanda’s gorgeous blog, you will find someone who shares my passion for the freshest foods, mouthwatering recipes, and tantalizing photographs.

The zucchini noodles recipe she graciously shares here is just my kind of dish. I can’t wait to make it when I return! Amanda, thank you, the stage is yours.

Guest Post From Amanda Opaluch of The Cilantropist:

I want to thank Liren so much for giving me the opportunity to share a post with her lovely readers!  

I really enjoy the recipes Liren shares here on Kitchen Confidante because I find they match with many of my food philosophies – specifically that I like to use a lot of fresh, seasonal ingredients – but also because a lot of her recipes strike a chord with memories I have of food and family.  

When she asked me to create a post for her blog, I let a few ideas run around in my head. I have been obsessed with cherries lately, seems Liren has too. But I ultimately wanted to do a recipe that would be a healthy weeknight meal for family or a quick meal for one.

Image of vegetable noodles,  image of vegetable peeler.

Zoodles of Fun

I have been wanting to try and make zucchini ribbons or ‘zoodles’ for ages now. They are a healthy and fun alternative to pasta, plus they just look really neat.  But here’s the thing: despite the fact that I have a million kitchen gadgets, I can’t say I own a mandoline for julienning these types of vegetables. And while I do work hard in my kitchen, you can bet I am not about to slice these up by hand. I am far too accident-prone for that.  So what is a girl to do?

Well turns out, all she had to do was stand in line at Williams and Sonoma, where they had a neat little demo of their Swissmar Julienne Peeler.  When I went there, they had vegetables on display, and that peeler cut them into strips like a hot knife through butter.  I was sold.  I bought a cute little set, and I could barely wait to get home to try them out on the summer squash I had picked up from the farmer’s market the day before.

Shredded chicken and zucchini noodles in a white bowl for Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce

At home, I was completely amazed at how easily and quickly the peeler could slice up vegetables – even tougher ones like carrots. And my inner perfectionist squealed with glee at how neat and uniform the vegetable slices turned out.  And all with just a peeler!  I can imagine using this to slice up other fruits and vegetables (think matchstick potatoes). I know it will get a workout in my kitchen.

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken

To turn these vegetable slices into noodles for a healthy dish, I merely blanched them and topped them with cooked, shredded chicken. Then I poured on an awesome peanut sauce.

Pouring peanut sauce on bed of vegetable noodles.

Tangy Peanut Sauce

My friend shared this recipe with me. He told me he learned to make this type of sauce from his family growing up. They used to put it on all sorts of dishes with chicken, tofu, or just noodles.  The tangy peanut sauce is slightly sweet and slightly sour, but the nutty taste and texture are not overpowering.  I will probably be using this same peanut sauce with other dishes because it is really easy to whip up. There’s no cooking required and it tastes good either hot or cold.

Close up of Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce in a white bowl

A Meal with No Regret

But here is the thing I liked most about this dish: It doesn’t just taste good, it is really good clean food.  And by that, I mean that the vegetables are kept pure. There is no oil or frying to bog down the flavor. Nothing leeches out good nutrients. The chicken is healthy, and the peanut sauce is made from scratch, family-style.  Go ahead and use a natural peanut butter and you can feel really good about yourself.  This is the kind of food I can imagine wanting to feed my family. It’s the kind of food I want to eat to keep myself fit and happy.

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce in a white bowl

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Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Tangy Peanut Sauce is a healthy weeknight meal the entire family will love! Simple enough to make for one person with a crowd-pleasing taste. A simple peanut sauce elevates zucchini noodles and chicken to a dinnertime favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 417kcal


  • 2 cooked chicken breasts either boiled or pan-fried
  • 4-6 medium-sized zucchini and summer squash
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic or more
  • 1/2-1 tsp granulated sugar depending on taste
  • 1/4 cup water add 1-2 more tablespoons depending on texture


  • First, prepare your chicken breasts by either shredding the chicken (if you prefer to boil) or by dicing (if you prefer to pan-fry). Set the chicken aside.
  • Next, make the peanut sauce by whisking all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Start by adding 1/4 cup water as the recipe suggests, and if the sauce is too thick for your taste, add additional tablespoons of water to reach desired consistency.
  • Lastly, prepare the zucchini, squash, and carrot ribbons by using a mandoline or by using a peeler designed to julienne vegetables. If using the peeler, hold the stem end of the squash in one hand and drag the peeler from the top to the bottom to create the ribbons.
  • Julienne all the vegetables, keeping the carrots separate from the squash and zucchini.
  • Briefly blanch the vegetables in a pot of boiling water by adding the carrots first for about 2-3 minutes, and then adding the zucchini and squash for another 1-2 minutes (it gets tender very quickly).
  • Drain the hot water, immediately add cold water to stop the cooking, and once the vegetables have cooled, drain the water again.
  • Assemble the dish by putting some of the vegetable ribbons on a plate and topping them with diced or shredded chicken, then the peanut sauce, and chopped cilantro and sesame seeds.
  • Serve at room temperature, but can also be served cool (if you would like to refrigerate ingredients before serving).


Though you can certainly slice the squash and carrots into ribbons by hand, a julienne-style peeler or mandoline will make the job a breeze.
If you want to use a peeler to julienne the squash, it is best to choose medium to small zucchini and summer squash – they should be no wider than the width of the peeler.
Also, topping these zucchini ‘noodles’ with chicken and peanut sauce is just a suggestion for a simple healthy meal, but these fresh vegetables are a great base for tomato-based sauces as well.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 1058mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5575IU | Vitamin C: 37.1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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  1. Kel

    Oh my this was sooo delish, and my first foray into zucchini “noodles!” I made it for one and I love having the freedom to load up on chicken (which I poached) since I’m not wasting calories on minimally-nutritious, grain-based noodles. Definitely a recipe I’ll be coming back to a lot!

  2. Jana

    Made this for lunch today — quick, easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing!

    (I’m posting a review on my blog with a link to you.)

  3. Britney

    I made this tonight and was not expecting it to be as yummy as it was!! Definitely a yummy dish that is also extremely healthy – thanks for sharing!! :)

  4. Bee

    I am SO glad I invested in one of these peelers. Made your recipe today and was so happy with it. Tastes and looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    • Liren

      So glad you enjoyed it, Bee! Those peelers are really nifty, aren’t they?

    • Liren

      Hi Anne! I haven’t had the chance to try this recipe myself yet (but plan to very soon!), but I would estimate that this would serve between 4-6 adults. I have emailed Amanda and will update you if my estimate is off. Enjoy!

  5. Peggy

    Great guest post! I’ve been wanting to make vegetable “noodles” for quite some time now, and I think I just may have to do it this weekend – after a trip to Williams Sonoma, of course =)

  6. Amy | She Wears Many Hats

    I have to have one of those. I recently had pimento that had been cut with one of those. Nnow I know, I was thinking there was someone with excellent knife skills in the kitchen.

    • Liren

      Now I know, too! I’m sure there are some with talent and excellent knife skills, but nice to know I can do it too – I can’t wait to pick one of these tools up myself.

  7. The Cilantropist

    Thanks all for the kind comments! :) I loved writing up this guest post for Liren and I am glad you are enjoying it (and the peeler)!

    Dessert for Two: Hi Christina! I don’t know if I would recommend salting the vegetables, especially the squash. I can’t say I have personal experience with squash, but I have salted other vegetables before and I think the thin strips and soft flesh might make them too delicate. However, if you dont feel like cooking them, I have seen lots of recipes with raw zucchini strips! Give it a try!

    • dana

      I made this last night with my own twist. I would love to post a pic if you tell me how. Incredible!

      • Liren

        I would love to see it! If you email it to me (kitchenconfidante at gmail dot com), I will post it on the site’s facebook page! Can’t wait to see what you did with it :)

  8. Lana

    Liren, have fun in Maui (can anyone NOT have fun in Maui?) Your blog is in great hands:)

    Amanda, I love the colors of your vegetables! I make noodles with peanut sauce very often for my girls, usually meatless, but the veggies are going to be a great alternative.
    Do I need to say that your photos are gorgeous?

  9. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    This just looks like the perfect dish for a warm summer afternoon, and I love your vibrant photos. I am pretty sure that I will have to practice quite a bit before my julienne strips are up to your standards.

    Liren, have a wonderful time on Maui. If you like Pina Coladas try a Lava Flow. It is a great time to be in Hawaii.

  10. Winnie

    Liren-Hope you are having a blast at the beach!

    Amanda- what beautiful photos and what a fantastic recipe! I make zucchini noodles a lot in the summer…LOVE them :)

  11. Liz

    Welcome Amandsa, great post! I made squash”noodles” with spagetti sauce for dinner. Had I seen this in time I may have changed my plans! With hot sauces I don’t even blanch the ribbons, the sauce seems to be enough to soften.

  12. DessertForTwo

    What a great summer recipe! And so perfect for me because I have a garden full of squash! I wonder if you could salt the vegetables ahead of time to soften instead of cooking them?

  13. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    What a great idea; only wish I had thought that when I was at Williams Sonoma last weekend for a cooking demo and they showed us those tools. I resist most new tools for lack of space to store anymore but I’m already contemplating this now as a must have purchase!

    And the peanut sauce? I’m in heaven.

  14. Roxana GreenGirl

    hi Liren, hello Amanda.
    Sp great to see two wonderful foodies on the same page.
    Liren, happy anniversary, hope you’re having a wonderful time.

    Amanda, I love zucchini spaghetti, even made some over the weekend after our visit to the farmers market. Love the peanut sauce, next time I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. spcookiequeen

    Beautiful dish Amanda, love the colors and perfect for summer. You know I bought the peelers and still hadn’t figured out what to do with them, thanks for the hint.

    Liren, enjoy your vacation.

  16. Jean

    I need to get that peeler stat!

    So nice to see you both in one place, Liren and Amanda. You both always inspire me with your tasty posts.

    Amanda, this dish is so perfect for summer. In fact, I’ve just posted something very similar, a chicken salad with a peanut vinaigrette, so I know I would love this. Great minds…? :-)

    Liren, I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than by being oceanside. Safe travels and have an extra piña colada for me! :-)

  17. norma

    I have tried this in a salad, but this idea wit the chicken and the sauce is quite interesting…..

  18. Kim - Liv Life

    MMM!!! I’m loving everything about this dish… including the cute little tools! I have one of them and it has become one of my favorite tools. As for the dish, I’m always pleased to find and serve fresh ingredients and I have to admit that cilantro tops our list. Topped with the peanut dressing, this one is a family pleaser.
    Aloha to Liren!

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