almond crusted chicken & lemon zoodles
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.
But...my 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)
- Use your spiralizer to make raw zucchini noodles. Set aside.
- Crack one egg white into a bowl & stir vigorously with a fork.
- Dip chicken breast into bowl to coat entire breast in egg.
- Immediately dip chicken breast into almond meal + any spices/herbs you would like. Be sure to thoroughly coat entire breast.
- Heat a drizzle of avocado oil in pan on medium heat.
- Place coated chicken breast in pan and cook on each side for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
- Remove chicken from heat and set aside.
- Add another drizzle of avocado oil to the pan & add the raw zoodles over medium heat.
- Squeeze lemon juice on top of zoodles & add any spices/herbs you’d like.
- Stir zoodles regularly & cook for about 2 – 2.5 minutes. They should maintain their color & just get a little softer.
- Remove zoodles from stove.
- Place zoodles and chicken breast onto plate and serve.
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