My Go-To Spiralized Diet Pasta: Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you haven’t taken off your Lululemons yet, in fear of squeezing into a pair of jeans. Buttons are your enemy and spandex leggings are your friends.

Don’t fret, it’s just a little water weight gain and it’ll shed quickly, especially if you’re careful over the next few days, eating cleanly and leanly.

Whenever I need to drop a few pounds or just simply want to feel lighter and healthier after an indulgent weekend or evening, I always make the dish you see above: Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta.

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

I tried a juice cleanse a few years back when they first became popular. Call me untrendy, because I couldn’t hack it. I lasted about 23 minutes and then I ate a cupcake.

There aren’t any shortcuts. You know what there are plenty of? Healthy recipes! Start Pinning, because New Year’s Resolutions are coming up and you’ll want to keep this recipe on hand for those “oh-no-I-drunk-ate-three-slices-of-pizza-last-night” moments.

Relax, Inspiralized is here. Don’t shock your body by sipping on coffee and Diet Coke for a day. Instead, make this recipe, and I guarantee that you’ll wake up feeling refreshed.

The best part of this meal? You’re eating a giant bowl of pasta that’s filling and flavorful! I want to sing on top of the mountains and tell everyone about this recipe, because it just proves that healthy eating is possible and it’s easy and tasty. The lemon helps with, ehem, digestion and really… well, regulates stuff… you know, like pH levels.

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Let’s look at it’s nutritional information (calculated by estimation using CalorieCount.com):

Calories: 237
Carbs: 16 g
Fat: 9.6 g
Protein: 24.8 g

’nuff said, right?

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Now go enjoy your post-Thanksgiving weekend. Just print out this recipe first.

My Go-To Spiralized Diet Pasta: Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 one chicken breast (about 70-75 g), slivered into strips
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano flakes
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup of chopped kale
  • 1 large zucchini, Blade C
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lemon wedge

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly coat a baking tray with the cooking spray and add in the chicken strips. Season with salt, pepper and oregano flakes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink on the inside. Once done, remove from oven and set aside.
  3. After 10 minutes of cooking the chicken, add a large skillet over medium heat. Let the pan heat up and coat lightly with cooking spray. Add in the kale and cook for about 3 minutes or until mostly wilted.
  4. Add in the zucchini noodles, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, juice from the lemon wedge and toss to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes or until zucchini noodles soften.
  5. Add the chicken to the zucchini pasta, toss to combine and plate. Enjoy!
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Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

Baked Chicken and Kale Zucchini Pasta

 

Comments

  1. A PR person emailed me about reviewing a juice cleanse on my blog recently and I reacted very harshly. Essentially saying that i think juice cleanses are all BS and a total mockery of healthy eating. I’m sure she regretted ever emailing me in the first place! I’m definitely with you – moderation in all things!

  2. I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but I’m new to this (just got my spiralizer in the mail yesterday!) but do you peel the zucchini first or leave the skin on? I figure for items like the sweet potato you’d need to peel, but I wasn’t sure about zucchini.

  3. So good! I subbed spinach instead of kale and threw in some leftover chicken. Super fast and easy!

  4. HI:) I just found your site and OMG this is so wonderful and such a smart invention! I love this idea of vegetables as pasta, and I adore your style of writing and I’m super excited to try this recipe. Even though I just found your site an hour ago, I’ll be sure to check in regulary, in the hope of finding even more amazing stuff.
    Have a wonderful day

  5. I just made this and it is wonderful! Love your blog! Thanks for all the info.

  6. I made this the other day subbing salmon for the chicken and adding in mushrooms. It was so good and the leftovers the next day were even better! I love your blog!

  7. Love your recipes!!!! I make the zucchini spirals either in the morning or early afternoon so I have time to dry them out a bit. I put them on a cookie sheet lined with 2 layers of paper towels @ 220 degrees for 1/2 hr.

  8. I am thanking my lucky stars that I stumbled onto your blog-such wonderfully thought out and passionate recipes from a seemingly equally lovely blogger! That’s hard to beat :) Thank you thank you!!!

  9. This was delish! I cooked my chicken in the skillet, because I am lazy and hate doing dishes. I also added some minced garlic and sliced onions with the chicken when I cooked it. Thanks for the quick easy meal idea!

  10. I’ve made this a couple of times now, and it is really easy, tasty and satisfying! I often have leftover roasted chicken in the fridge, which makes this super quick. Thanks, Ali! Can’t wait for the cookbook to arrive on my door.

  11. So got a question about cooking the noodles. Just did it for the first time and I think that I missed a step or did something wrong. When I spiralized the zucchini I got a good amount of noodles, similar to the pictures on here. However, once I out them into the pan to cook they shrunk down by about half of what they were before. I am assuming that this is because of the water content in the noodles. Are they supposed to go down by that much or did I miss a step or mess the cooking up? Just curious sense it was my first time. Thanks.

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