Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles with Tahini Sauce
Please, please tell me you’ve been exposed to vegetable “noodles” like zucchini noodles (zoodles) or sweet potato noodles (I’m not calling them “swoodles”)! I’m obsessed with them and I think you should be, too. Not only are they delicious (because vegetables are delicious), but they give you a way to get your pasta fix on the reg. without having to worry about the heavy carb intake.
Before going any further, I must clarify that I’m not a crazy person. Actual pasta noodles are absolutely amazing and vegetables will never replace the real thing; however, vegetable noodles are a solid alternative.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about this meal: Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles with Tahini Sauce. It’s an easy, nutritious meal that is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats.
Sweet Potatoes serve as the base of this dish, in the form of beautiful little spiralized noodles. I have this spiralizer. It’s inexpensive, small, and works quite well. If you feel like splurging I would recommend The Inspiralizer. Alternatively, you can use a julienne peeler to strip your sweet potatoes into thin little ribbons. If you really don’t want to jump on the spiralizer train, you can dice the sweet potatoes instead.
These sweet potato noodles are then mixed with sautéed vegetables and shredded chicken.
To top it all off we have a delicious tahini sauce. If you’re unfamiliar with tahini, it is like peanut butter, but made from ground sesame seeds. It is a key component of hummus, giving the dip it’s smooth and creamy texture. I love using tahini as a sauce for noodles or a dressing for salads. You can usually find it at grocery stores near the nut butters.
For this tahini sauce we just shake tahini up with some sriracha, maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and water. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Feel free to adjust the seasoning levels to your liking. It is so, so good.
I’m obsessed with this meal as is and urge you to try out spiralizing and tahini, but I listed out some substitutions down below the recipe.
Not only is this meal extremely satisfying and easy to throw together, it is also quite nutritious:
- Complex carbohydrates from the sweet potatoes
- Protein from the chicken (protein substitutions listed below)
- Healthy fats from the olive oil and tahini
So what are you waiting for?! Get spiralizing!!
For the noodles:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup yellow onion, chopped
- ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
- Salt and pepper, as desired
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 medium sweet potato, spiralized
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
For the sauce:
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 half lemon, juiced
- ½ cup warm water
- Salt and pepper, as desired
- Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, add olive oil, onions, and tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Sauté for 8-10 minutes until vegetables are soft and slightly browned.
- While the vegetables are cooking, make the sauce. Add all of the ingredients to a mason jar and shake until thoroughly combined.
- Add the sweet potato noodles and shredded chicken to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the tahini sauce and cook for another few minutes until everything is combined and heated through.
- Sweet potato noodles: You can dice them instead of making them into noodles. You will just have to cook them over the skillet with olive oil until they are soft before adding the other vegetables.
- Chicken: Ground turkey, grilled shrimp, fried eggs, tofu, or black beans would all be delicious alternatives to chicken.
- Tahini Sauce: Instead of making the tahini sauce you could just drizzle the noodles with some additional olive oil. Pesto sauce would also be very good on this.