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Sweet Potato Noodles and Chicken- a delicious twist!

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Some of you may have a veggie spiralizer.  Like you, it may be collecting dust in a drawer.  This recipe is a great way to get some use out of your spiralizer, and is super delicious and packed with nutrients.  It’s also a great veggie rich dinner dish.  If you don’t have a spiralizer, fear not, you can use a mandolin slicer or a vegetable peeler instead.  I apparently have a low grade spiralizer, because i was only able to spiral slice half a sweet potato before I lost traction.  So I ended up using my mandolin anyway, and then just cutting the coins into ribbons.  You need super thin slices.  I also used the mandolin for the onions.

This recipe is adapted from the Get Inspired Everyday blog, and their recipe for Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles.  I almost think “cajun” is a misnomer, because this dish is not at all spicy.  I also did not have chicken thighs on hand, so I used breast.  I think this dish would be even better with beef or pork.  Even my kids loved it!  It is super easy to throw together, and I loved that my kids were able to help! I served it as a main course, but you could serve it as a side dish either with or without the meat.  It’s pretty versatile.

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Ingredients
Sweet Potato Noodles:
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and the ends cut off
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon sea salt
Chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
Veggie Noodles:
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, about 15, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and the ends sliced off
  • 1 large zucchini, about 12 ounces, ends sliced off
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 tomatoes, about 12 ounces, chopped (I used frozen from my garden last year because that’s what I had- it worked great, and I imagine canned or grape tomatoes would work well too)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, about ½ of a small bunch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  2. Start by spiralizing the sweet potatoes, and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Spiralize the red onion and zucchini and set them aside. Clean the spiralizer right away for easy cleanup! Slice the red pepper into matchsticks and slice the mushrooms.
  4. Toss the sweet potato noodles with the avocado oil, Cajun seasoning, and sea salt. Set them aside while you prepare the chicken.
  5. Cut the chicken thighs up into bite-sized pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, when the pan is preheated add the avocado oil, cut up chicken, Cajun seasoning, and sea salt to the pan. Sauté the chicken until it’s no longer pink. Transfer it to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Place the sweet potato noodles in the oven to roast.
  7. While the sweet potato noodles are roasting sauté the prepared bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, zucchini, and garlic in the remaining 1 tablespoon of avocado oil until the veggies are just tender.
  8. When the sweet potato noodles have softened, but not turned to mush, about 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and add them to the pan with the sautéed veggies. Add the sautéed chicken, chopped fresh tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.
  9. Cook just long enough to heat through and serve immediately!

Enjoy!!

Read more: Cajun Sweet Potato Noodles | GI 365 http://gi365.co/food/cajun-sweet-potato-noodles/#ixzz43kerDh3F
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5 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Noodles and Chicken- a delicious twist!

  1. This would make a fun surprise for my mom. She is a sweet potato junkie!

  2. I have a spiralizer still in the box. Guess I’ll be breaking that out because this recipe sounds AMAZING!!! I will be making it soon. Can’t wait!! Thank you so much..

  3. I do not have a spiralizer, but I can see that I need one. The grands will be here for summer vacation and I will bet this recipe will be a hit! Thank you for sharing.

  4. I have a spiralizer but haven’t used it yet. Think I’ll try this. I think it would also be good without the chicken. I eat meat but don’t enjoy it as much as I used to.

    1. Yummy! Sounds good with no meat either, let me know what you think of it!

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