Paleo Chicken Chow Mein

Simple zucchini noodles, shiitake, slivers of roasted pepper and a speedy coconut aminos based sauce, given a protein boost with some leftover roast chicken. Who needs take out when you whip this up in a jiffy!

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This is the definition of speedy better than take out dinners…it comes together in a flash thanks to some leftover roast chicken, and the grain free paleo lovers alternative to the noodle…the ZOODLE!

I’m always trying to come up with alternative uses for leftovers. So much so that I intentionally purchase whole rotisserie chickens purely for myself to feast upon and with a view to putting every scrap of them to good alternative use. Clearly I’m addicted to roast chicken. Anyone who disregards the skin is loony and if you don’t fight over the leg meat you are seriously missing out. SO GOOD!

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I found a local source to pick up coconut aminos but you can also buy it online from iherb; who now might I add with delight accept PayPal! Too handy!

I’m a sucker for speedy meals, especially when they taste this good. Make sure to use roasted peppers for a pop of supple sweetness. You can of course whatever combination of veggies you like but I find the balance of the shiitake, peppers and zucchini noodles just sublime. Just enough texture, everything mingles beautifully and acts as the perfect canvas for the sauce.

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Completely raw veggies didn’t have quite the same appeal. A nut butter based sauce would work better in that instance as it has more “clingability”.

Along with my Mongolian Beef this will definitely be in my go meal collection; I’m not going say weekly rotation as aside from the roast chicken element I pretty much fail to eat any of the same meals more than once every three weeks unless I’m trying to crack a new recipe! The joys of constant recipe testing!

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We never really had noodles from the Chinese growing up; egg fried rice was a preferred side, one which I now like making the main event! Pot noodles were a cool kid lunchtime treat, if only I had of known how devoid of nutrients they actually were I might not have forced the instant pot of what was claimed to be food in to me. Was I the only one who thought they actually tasted quite disgusting!?

What’s your favourite Chinese meal made simple at home?

Paleo Chicken Chow Mein

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: fry entree gluten-free grain free low-carb paleo nut-free soy-free chicken coconut aminos zucchini

Ingredients (Serves 1)

    For the Sauce

    • 1 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut aminos
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) water
    • Pinch of chili flakes
    • 1 tsp rice vinegar
    • Dash of fish sauce
    • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger minced
    • 1 tsp arrowroot or tapioca starch + 1 tbsp water

    For the noodles

    • 1 small green zucchini
    • 1/2 a small yellow zucchini
    • Handful of shiitake mushrooms roughly chopped
    • 1/2 a roasted red bell pepper
    • 1 small spring onion finely chopped
    • Leftover roast chicken – I used one chicken breast, the leg meat would also be amazing; keep the skin on!
    • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil melted
    • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds to serve


    Blend together all sauce ingredients using a hand blender with the exception of the starch and 1 tbsp water; mix together separately.

    Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and add the starch and water mixture.

    Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes until thickened.

    Meanwhile create zoodles with your zucchini using a julienne peeler or spiralizer.

    Fry mushrooms in a pan with coconut oil. Add all veggies and chicken. Then pour in the thickened sauce and heat through for a few minutes.

    Garnish with sesame seeds and some extra spring onion to serve! Best served immediately!

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