Chicken Scampi With Zoodles

By Rena |

With a handful of ingredients, this Chicken Scampi with Zoodles is a tasty, healthy twist to your favorite Italian pasta dish. The light and creamy sauce make this chicken recipe feel like a true indulgence!

top view of chicken scampi with fork in the zoodle bowl

One of the top things that people say they miss when aiming for low-carb meals is, of course, pasta. Italian food in general is typically off-limits…but not anymore! With this low-carb Chicken Scampi with Zoodles, your favorite Italian dinner has never been healthier!

This recipe actually stays pretty close to a traditional chicken scampi, with just the swap of using gluten-free flour and zoodles instead of pasta. The perfect keto-friendly chicken recipe for any time of the week.

What is Chicken Scampi?

Chicken scampi is an Italian dish, usually served over pasta, featuring sauteed chicken in a light sauce. Chicken scampi sauce is often made with wine but can also be made with chicken broth. While still creamy, it tends to be a lighter option than alfredo sauce.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Chicken Scampi Recipe

  • Low carb pasta. By switching the pasta noodles for zoodles, this easy chicken scampi becomes a delicious low-carb dinner!
  • Light, creamy sauce. With a chicken broth base, garlic, and lemon, this chicken scampi sauce is both light and flavorful.
  • Complete meal in one! When you make this chicken scampi with zoodles, you don’t have to worry about a side salad or anything else!
chicken scampi and zoodles in a white bowl with lemon slices on the side

Ingredients You Will Need

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this healthy low carb chicken scampi recipe. Full measurements are listed further down below.

  • Chicken breast – cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Gluten-free flour
  • Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil – divided
  • Shallot
  • Garlic – minced
  • Chicken broth
  • Juice & zest of lemon
  • Parmesan cheese – finely grated
  • Red chili flakes – to taste
  • Fresh parsley – chopped
  • Zucchini – spiralized
chicken scampi ingredients

How to Make Chicken Scampi from scratch

  • Wash the zucchini and trim off the ends. Using a spiralizer, create zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer just run a vegetable peeler down the length of the zucchini to create thin ribbons.
  • Prepare ingredients: Cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Chop the shallot and mince the garlic; set aside.
  • Make the flour mixture: Combine flour, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Transfer the flour mixture to a large resealable plastic bag.
cooked chicken chunks
  • Coat the chicken pieces: Add chicken pieces to the flour, close the bag and shake well to evenly coat.
  • Cook the chicken: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat until shimmering. Add coated chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until nicely golden brown. Once done, remove the chicken pieces onto a plate, and cover to keep it warm.
  • Add remaining oil to the skillet and heat until hot. Add in the shallot and garlic, sauté for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant and shallots begin to soften.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and cook on low while scraping any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Stir in the chicken bites, and simmer the sauce for about 3-4 minutes.
scampi seasoned chicken chunks
  • Add cheese and zoodles: Stir in the parmesan cheese, mix well until sauce is thickened and nicely coats the chicken bites. Immediately add in the zucchini noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, tossing with a pair of tongs, until zoodles are slightly softened.
  • Serve: Transfer the zoodles to a serving dish. Garnish with chopped parsley and sprinkle with red chili flakes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
top view of chicken scampi with zoodles in white bowl

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Cut chicken into equal pieces for even cooking.
  • If you’re not a fan of chicken, you can switch it out for shrimp scampi with zoodles.
  • Zoodles can be prepped in advance, by keeping the spirals in the fridge until ready to cook.
  • While the chicken and sauce can be reheated easily, zoodles are best enjoyed fresh.
  • You may also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Use fresh garlic if possible. If you don’t have any fresh garlic and would like to improvise with garlic powder use 1 tablespoon garlic powder instead.
close up chicken scampi on zoodles

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I store leftover zoodles?

Zoodles are best stored uncooked. You can store uncooked zoodles in the fridge for up to 2 days. Cooked zoodles tend to become soggy after being stored. For that reason, we like to cook just as many zoodles as we will be eating and save the leftovers uncooked.

What to serve with chicken Scampi?

This dish can be served as is for a complete meal. Since we use zoodles instead of pasta, we don’t feel like we need to prepare more veggies as a side dish. If you’re not on low-carb, a slice of freshly baked bread can make a great addition.

What is chicken scampi sauce made of?

Traditional Chicken scampi sauce is made of a combination butter, garlic, lemon, and white wine. We used chicken broth in place of the white wine and added milk and parmesan cream for a creamy finish.

top view chicken scampi n a bowl with fork in bowl.
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close up chicken scampi with zoodles, lemon garnish and chili pepper flakes.

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top view of chicken scampi with fork in the zoodle bowl

Chicken Scampi Zoodles

Tender and juicy chicken bites cooked in a creamy garlic lemon sauce and served over zoodles.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 large lemon zest and juice
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes or to your taste
  • one bunch fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 large zucchini spiralized

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash the zucchini and trim off the ends. Using a spiralizer, create zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer just run a vegetable peeler down the length of the zucchini to create thin ribbons.
  • Next, cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Chop the shallot and mince the garlic; set aside.
  • Combine flour, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Transfer the flour mixture to a large resealable plastic bag.
  • Add chicken pieces to the flour, close the bag and shake well to evenly coat. Now, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat until shimmering.
  • Add coated chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until nicely golden brown. Once done, remove the chicken pieces onto a plate, and cover to keep it warm.
  • Add remaining oil to the skillet and heat until hot. Add in the shallot and garlic, sauté for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant and shallots begin to soften.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and cook on low while scraping any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Stir in the chicken bites, and simmer the sauce for about 3-4minutes.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese, mix well until sauce is thickened, and nicely coats the chicken bites. Immediately add in the zucchini noodles.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes, tossing with a pair of tongs until zoodles are slightly softened. Transfer the zoodles to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and sprinkle with red chili flakes. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cut chicken into equal pieces for even cooking.
  • If you’re not a fan of chicken, you can switch it out for shrimp scampi with zoodles.
  • Zoodles can be prepped in advance, by keeping the spirals in the fridge until ready to cook.
  • While the chicken and sauce can be reheated easily, zoodles are best enjoyed fresh.
  • You may also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Use fresh garlic if possible. If you don’t have any fresh garlic and would like to improvise with garlic powder use 1 tablespoon garlic powder instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1304mg | Potassium: 1196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Brittnay says

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! Could this possibly be meal prepped? I’m in desperate need of new meal preps for lunch. Thanks!

    • Rena says

      Yes. It should work just fine. Just be mindful of reheating the zoodles. it may release a bit of water.

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