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Zucchini Noodle 'Ramen' with Chicken
with bok choy / cauliflower

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
This simple zucchini noodle "ramen" is packed with green vegetables and cauliflower florets for texture.
Smarts: The aminos provide the majority of flavor in the base of this simple soup. Because fish sauce, butter, and stock can all vary in the amount of salt and flavor they add, be sure to taste the soup and adjust at the end of cooking. You may need up to several tablespoons of additional fish sauce, depending on your taste preferences.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Zucchini Noodle ‘Ramen’ with Chicken and Lime:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen - 10 oz, chopped
  • Baby bok choy - 3/4 lb, chopped (sub regular bok choy or zucchini)
  • Zucchini - 12 oz, spiralized, sliced into ribbons, or cubed
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lb, cubed
  • Lime zest - 1/2 tsp
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Fish sauce - 1 Tbsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - 1 tsp, plus more for serving
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups

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Prep

  1. Garlic / Cauliflower / Bok choy - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Note: If using pre-chopped cauliflower florets, you may need to chop them down smaller into bite-sized pieces.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Zucchini - Turn zucchini into 'noodles' with a spiralizer or peel off strips with a peeler. (Note: If you prefer, you can also just cube the zucchini.) (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Chicken - Cube chicken. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  4. Limes / Cilantro - Zest limes and then slice into wedges, keeping the zest and wedges separate. Chop cilantro.

Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, add chicken and saute until lightly seared on the outside, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, fish sauce, hot sauce, and lime zest and saute until fragrant, ~2 minutes.
  3. Pour stock into the pot and bring to a simmer. Add cauliflower. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, ~7 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini noodles and bok choy and simmer until zucchini is tender (about 1 minute for zucchini noodles and 3 to 4 minutes for zucchini cubes).
  5. Remove soup from heat and stir in juice from half the lime wedges. Taste and add more fish sauce or some aminos (not in ingredients list) until the soup is salty / seasoned to your liking.
  6. Divide soup between serving bowls and top with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and more hot sauce (if using). Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (47)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (17)

Most Helpful

This was super delicious! I used lotus foods rice ramen noodles for the gf version, and celery instead of cauliflower. I also added shrimp for my meat eating family. Adding a couple pieces of pickled ginger to my bowl is what tipped the flavor to our of this world! I added it to my favorites, and will definitely be making this again.

By: Hayley
Posted: Sep 11, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
1 Helpful

44 reviews

Needed to come back to this recipe and see if it was as good as I remembered - it was! My husband would have liked chicken or meat with it, but the kids and I loved it!

By: Bethany
Posted: Sep 26, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I couldn't find miso locally (I live in a small town) so I used soy sauce instead and it just wasn't as good as I knew it might have been.

By: Mark
Posted: Jan 17, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very good, simple, and quick. Used frozen cauliflower. Used frozen spinach instead of bok choy because that's all I had and it worked fine.

By: Barbie
Posted: Jan 08, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

swapped mushrooms for edamame because its what i had. tasted great!

By: Megan
Posted: Dec 09, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Excellent meal for a cold, rainy day. We just ended up needing a lot more liquid after adding the noodles. It was almost more of a noodle dish in the end.

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 24, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used cabbage rather than bok choi. Used buckwheat udon. Very good.

By: Mark
Posted: Oct 14, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
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