almond crusted chicken & lemon zoodles

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This is a super nutritious version of one of my favorite childhood meals…

I love pasta. I love bread. I love chicken covered in breadcrumbs on top of pasta. body does NOT love these items. So, this dish is the perfect substitute. In fact, I think I actually prefer the almond crusted chicken to breaded chicken – no joke. Plus, this dish looks impressive without actually requiring much skill or effort.

Zucchini noodles (or zoodles, as I lovingly call them) do not make for a good meal prep item because they don’t reheat well, so I usually make only as much as I will immediately need and save any raw zoodles for another time. In this recipe, I use the portions for when I’m making this for just me, so you can multiply the ingredients by however many people you’re serving.

Difficulty Level: Not quite easy but still pretty darn straightforward

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 1

What You'll Need:

  • 1 organic chicken breast
  • 2 small zucchini (or 1 larger zucchini; I also use yellow squash)
  • Spiralizer (I got mine from Target)
  • Drizzle of avocado oil (or oil of your choice) to grill the chicken & zoodles
  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup almond meal (do yourself a favor & buy the almond meal – trust me that crushing almonds on your own is not as fun as it seems)
  • ½ fresh lemon
  • Spices & herbs of your choice (I like rosemary, garlic salt & pepper)

Here's How:

  1. Use your spiralizer to make raw zucchini noodles. Set aside.
  2. Crack one egg white into a bowl & stir vigorously with a fork.
  3. Dip chicken breast into bowl to coat entire breast in egg.
  4. Immediately dip chicken breast into almond meal + any spices/herbs you would like. Be sure to thoroughly coat entire breast.
  5. Heat a drizzle of avocado oil in pan on medium heat.
  6. Place coated chicken breast in pan and cook on each side for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
  7. Remove chicken from heat and set aside.
  8. Add another drizzle of avocado oil to the pan & add the raw zoodles over medium heat.
  9. Squeeze lemon juice on top of zoodles & add any spices/herbs you’d like.
  10. Stir zoodles regularly & cook for about 2 – 2.5 minutes. They should maintain their color & just get a little softer.
  11. Remove zoodles from stove.
  12. Place zoodles and chicken breast onto plate and serve.
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I’d love to see how you impress your next dinner guests with this delicious dish! Be sure to use the hashtag #HMBgirl when you post to Insta so I can see & show some love! xx

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