- 2 medium zucchini
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced (optional for vegetarians)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free option)
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional for non-vegetarian version)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional for spice)
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Lime wedges, for serving
- Use a spiralizer or julienne peeler to create zucchini noodles (zoodles). Set aside.
- If using chicken, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken slices and cook until they are no longer pink in the center. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Push the garlic to one side of the skillet and add the beaten eggs to the other side. Scramble the eggs until cooked through.
- Add the zucchini noodles to the skillet and toss to combine with the garlic and eggs. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the noodles are slightly softened.
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce (if using), lime juice, brown sugar, and red chili flakes. Pour the sauce over the zucchini noodles and stir to coat evenly.
- Add the cooked chicken (if using) back to the skillet and toss to combine.
- Add bean sprouts, chopped peanuts, and sliced green onions to the skillet. Stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes until everything is heated through.
- Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro.
- Serve the Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai hot with lime wedges on the side.
Calorie breakdown per serving (approximate):
- Calories: 358
- Protein: 29g
- Carbohydrates: 19g
- Fat: 18g
- Fiber: 4g
- Sugar: 9g
Note: The calorie count may vary depending on the specific brands and quantities of ingredients used.
Enjoy the flavorful and low-carb Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai as a healthier alternative to traditional pad Thai. This dish is packed with protein and loaded with fresh veggies, making it a nutritious and satisfying meal option.