Where are my grain-free pasta noodle friends? What are your favorite grain-free pastas? I’m all about some banza pasta, shredded spaghetti squash, and zucchini noodles. Our little crew (well, me and my daughter mostly) have a bunch of food-intolerances, so we are very grateful to alternatives to many standard pantry items. Regular pasta, for example, does not seem to play well with my stomach, and it never has. So when I got my KitchenAid spiralizer attachment for my stand mixer earlier this year, zucchini noodles were on the top of my list to start experimenting with at home.
I’ve served them up several ways since I figured out how best to cook them, but this recent dish is my all-time favorite. And, I feel pretty confident in saying it’s my 18-month old’s favorite rendition as well. (See pics below.) I call this dish, “Butter” Zucchini Noodles & Grilled Chicken.
1 grilled chicken breast per person (we marinated ours in italian dressing before my husband grilled them)
1 medium zucchini per person
1 tbsp SmartBalance Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or your preferred butter substitute) per person
1/8-1/4 tsp Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub (or your preferred steak rub) per person
Get your spiralizer set up, or open your package of pre-spiralized zucchini noodles, you lucky ducks who have those in your grocery stores. : ) If you’re going to spiralize your own, be sure you’re using a firm zucchini. Trust me.
Once you have spiralized your zucchinis into noodles, put your noodles into a large nonstick pan on medium heat.
While your noodles are warming in the pan, slice your grilled chicken breast into smaller pieces.
Once you’ve cut your chicken breast, use a pair of tongs to toss your zucchini noodles in the pan, and move them to the side of the pan so you can transfer your chicken into the pan and put the zucchini noodles on top of the chicken. (If your chicken is right off the grill, you won’t need to do this, but if you are re-warming the grilled chicken, keep in mind this step is to re-warm the chicken, not to cook it.)
After 2-3 minutes, toss your chicken and zucchini noodles again in the pan and allow them to warm together for another 2 minutes.
Remove a serving of noodles and chicken out of the pan and into your bowl or onto your plate. Add one tbsp of butter alternative to the top of your noodles/chicken. Then, sprinkle a few shakes of Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub on top of that.
Non-sponsored plug for Wildtree coming at ya…. Oh my gosh, we love this company and their products. And this steak rub is THE BEST. If I’m stuffing your stocking this Christmas, spoiler alert, you’ll find this in it. I put it on almost every single vegetable I roast or steam too – it’s not just amazing on meat. Actually, I don’t think we’ve ever even used it on steak!
Your butter alternative will melt on top of your warm zucchini and chicken, so give it a good little spread with your fork to spread the love around. Then watch with delight as your entire family gobbles this dish down.
Healthy, grain free, dairy free, guilt free, and it’s my new favorite lunch and dinner go-to. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!
Until next time,
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