One pan creamy salsa chicken zoodles recipe is low carb Tex-Mex at its best! This easy keto meal is perfect for a quick dinner -or to your meal prep recipe rotation! Cream cheese and salsa are blended with other ingredients to create a creamy sauce with a great south of the border flavor that takes these zoodles right over the top.
For this recipe you’ll need: Zoodles (spiralized zucchini noodles either homemade or store bought), cream cheese, chunky salsa, cooked chicken breast, Mexican blend shredded cheese, cumin, fresh cilantro, Cojita cheese (optional)Jump to Recipe
I love, love, love Tex-Mex food. That shouldn’t really be a shock considering where I live! It does make it a little tricky when it comes to staying low carb, though. ::::cough – enchiladas:::::::cough::::
I don’t know about you but I’ve never really mastered the art of spiralizing. God knows I’ve tried. I get these short little ropey things that are uneven and not very attractive. I was SO happy when I discovered a variety of vegetables already spiralized at my HEB store. This is NOT an HEB sponsored post it’s just that they are the only ones that I know of that have them around me. And I do like HEB a lot. And Brookshires. Ok, I love Brookshires because they STILL bag your groceries and push the buggy out to your car and load the bags inside. But, alas, they don’t yet have spiralized vegetables.
I MISS CUSTOMER SERVICE. Let me rant briefly here and then we’ll go on to this delicious chicken zoodles recipe, I promise. I realize I am old – I was born in 1960 and didn’t even own a cell phone until I was 49. Sure, things change and society changes but it’s not always for the better. I remember when gas station attendants stopped pumping your gas in the 1970s and you had to start pumping your own. I hated the change and got a face full of gasoline more than once as I tried to get used to the process.
Just call me Miss Mechanically Challenged.
I LIKE customer service. I love using valet parking, for example. And, no I don’t want to load my own groceries in my trunk. Nor do I want to check myself out at the store. I would happily pay more for gas at a station that allowed me to stay in the car and fix my lipstick.
I’d joyfully shop at a store where the sales people were attentive without being clingy or a grocery store where the person in the deli knew the difference between slicing meat on a 1 and shredding it so that it looks like the tinsel we used to hang on the Christmas tree – no lie. Rant over.
I like to use this chicken zoodles recipe in my meal prep rotation. I usually cook up a big batch of chicken breast in the slow cooker (just chicken breast, salt, pepper, a little chicken stock, and some celery). Once it’s cooked I shred some, dice some, and leave some whole. It makes mealtime a cinch.
This recipe uses 3 ounces shredded chicken breast. You could use a rotisserie chicken (or cooked pork) if you want. Just measure out 3 ounces of the cooked meat. Because you start with chicken that’s already cooked it’s just a matter of sautéing the zoodles, adding the sauce and other ingredients and then serving. It took me less than 10 minutes.
I like to serve this with a chopped spinach salad topped with sprouted pumpkin seeds and a little oil and vinegar.
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Although I like buying zoodles already done it CAN get expensive – especially since I’m kinda in love with this chicken zoodles recipe. I am trying to decide between this spiralizer and the spiralizer attachment for my KitchenAid
Creamy Salsa Chicken Zoodles Recipe
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Creamy Salsa Chicken Zoodles
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter for sauteing
- 2.6 ounces zucchini spirals "zoodles" commercial or homemade
- 3 ounces cooked chicken breast shredded
- 2 tablespoons salsa
- 1 ounce cream cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon depending on how much you like cumin
- 1 ounce Mexican blend cheese shredded
- 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped fine
- 1/2 ounce cojita cheese
- Heat the oil or butter in a small saute pan until sizzling.
- Saute for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the zoodles are cooked to your liking. If you are making them for meal prep just partially cook them since they'll cook more when you warm up your dish.
- Meanwhile heat the cream cheese and salsa in the microwave for a few seconds until the mixture can be stirred together into a sauce.
- Stir in the cumin. Taste and adjust seasoning adding more cumin, salt, or pepper as desired. A tiny pinch of smoked paprika gives a little smoky flavor if you have some around.
- Add the sauce (there will only be about 3 tablespoons - if that) to the zoodles and toss to coat.
- Stir in the Mexican blend cheese and cilantro.
- Serve with Cojita cheese crumbled on the top.
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