Part 2 of the Smart Fuel & Jillan Rae Cooks Collab is this scrumptious Zoodle Kung Pao. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Part 1, our Raw Matcha Mint “Cheesecake”.

Low in carbs and high in protein, we avoided using traditional corn starch and substituted for arrowroot powder. Traditional corn starch is a bleached, highly refined and processed carbohydrate typically from GMO corn, void of any nutritional benefit.

Corn Starch is used in cooking as a thickening agent, but we found that arrowroot powder worked great as an alternative, at a 1:1 ratio. Arrowroot is extremely nutrient rich with high levels of copper, iron, calcium and fiber.

Zoodle Kung Pao

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken:
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • For the Zoodles:
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts
  • sliced green onions & cilantro for garnish
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup gluten free or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder

Instructions

  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl, whisk well and set aside.
  • Place the egg whites in a small bowl and the arrowroot powder in a separate bowl. Coat the small pieces of chicken first in the egg whites and then the arrowroot powder.
  • In a pan over medium heat, cook the chicken until browned and no longer pink inside.
  • Set chicken aside.
  • Spiralize your zucchini into noodles and spread out on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little salt and place paper towel on top as well. This will help pull some of the moisture from the noodles.
  • Prepare the other vegetables.
  • Over medium heat in a large pan, add sauce, cook for a few minutes. The sauce will thicken after about 5 minutes. Add in vegetables (red pepper, snow peas, water chestnuts) and let cook for a 2-5 minutes until warmed, then add in zucchini noodles and chicken. You will only need to cook for about 3-4 minutes once noodles added, just until heated so they maintain their raw crunchiness and do not release a ton of moisture.
  • Plate and top with garnishes (cilantro, peanuts, green onion, hot sauce).
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