Cajun chicken with zoodles is my absolute go to meal right now. Last Christmas I received a spiraliser and since then we have become well acquainted. I will do a review about the spiraliser and how it aids my gluten free lifestyle in the upcoming weeks.
I’m sure you are probably wondering why I haven’t written in great detail about the wonderful benefits of owning a spiraliser? Well the main reason behind not going into a complete dialogue about it was simply because I wanted to assess the performance throughout the year, observe the pro’s and cons in order to provide my readers with impartial feedback.
Now let me alleviate some of my excitement to talk about this southern US inspired dish. I’m sure you all are familiar with the term zoodles by now. If not, that’s fine as I’m happy to explain where the name derives from. Zoodles are grain free noodles made from zucchini, Brits refer to this vegetable as courgette but I quite like the name ‘zoodles’ – it sounds rather trendy.
I really hope you guys are fans of spicy food because this meal will have you reaching for a glass of milk to cool off that heat. I love southern cooking and soul food. Some of the recipes and method of cooking is similar to the Caribbean, that’s due in part to the African influence that we share as a collective.
This spicy dish won’t take very long to prepare, once the veggies are cut into small pieces. You will need to prep the chicken with the Cajun seasoning which I will give you ingredients for further down in the post. As mentioned a few times in my posts, I’m a huge fan of leaving my meat to absorb their flavours overnight, on a much deeper level.
This is an optional yet highly recommended step and I do appreciate that time maybe against you.
In contrast to my recommendation feel free to allow the dry rub to penetrate the meat for several hours (3-4 hours). I have no idea if the results will differ as this is not something I’ve tried, I highly doubt there would be a huge difference – the flavours may not be as intense, at a guess.
To make the Cajun seasoning you will need; 1 tsp of himalayan pink salt, 1tsp of Onion powder 2tsp garlic powder, 2 ½ tsp paprika, 1/4tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 ¼ tsp oregano, ½ tsp red chilli flakes – add to a coffee blender and grind into a fine meal.
Once the seasoning is ready, rub a generous amount into the chicken, roughly 2tbsp worth of the mixture. Fast forward past the prep stage and let’s get right into the cooking process.
The zucchini needs to form into grain free noodles using the spiraliser and sprinkled with some pink salt to remove the bitterness. Leave the zoodles in a colander to sweat for 10 minutes, then rinse off the excess salt and water.
Meanwhile, brown the chicken in a heavy duty frying water. I like to cook with a small amount of coconut oil – it has many amazing properties and it’s a healthy fat with a very high smoke point – browning should take 5-7 minutes in total.
Next, add the red onions and mixed peppers first and sauté until tender. In bid to prevent the mushrooms, tomatoes and zoodles not to over wilt, add those at the tail end of cooking.
Finally add the remaining ingredients and carefully fold in with the chicken, peppers and red onion. Feel free to spice things up with additional Cajun seasoning or salt and pepper. Although the given amount should suffice already.
Cajun chicken with grain free zoodles – paleo and gluten friendly
These fool proof noodles will have you yearning for seconds, don’t believe me? Go on and try it.
This recipe was inspired by Megan’s vegetarian version of Cajun zoodles dish
- 3 large chicken fillet, cubed
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced,
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced
- ½ of a red onion
- 2 zucchinis, peeled
- ½ green pepper, sliced
- 2 tbsp of Cajun seasoning (refer to above post for recipe)
- 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, sliced into quarters
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
- extra Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to taste
- Prep the zucchini with the spiraliser, once the zoodles are formed, add to a colander with 1tsp of pink salt and set aside to sweat for 10 minutes then rinse with water, drain and blot with kitchen towel.
- Add the melted coconut oil to a medium sized heavy duty frying pan and begin to brown the chicken pieces on low-medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
- Once the chicken has darkened, add the red onions with the red, yellow and green peppers to the pan - sauté, toss and shake the pan frequently.
- The onions and peppers should tenderise within 3- 4 minutes, at this stage add the mushrooms, tomato and zoodles - in that order and fold in with the chicken and veggies. Sprinkle more salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning if needed.
- Allow the mushroom, tomato and zoodles to soften in the pan. This will take approximately 2 minutes, be careful not to over wilt. The excess water from the zoodles will form a light sauce to drizzle upon serving.