Drunken Zucchini Noodles

overhead photo of Drunken Zucchini NoodlesDrunken Zucchini Noodles is a lighter, low carb version of the popular Thai dish using zoodles instead of rice noodles. It’s quick, easy and delicious.

If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you may have seen everything I was eating last week. I had several days filled with indulgent foods and multi-course meals and now that I’m back, I am craving lots and lots of greens. So this dish is just filled with them.
close-up of Drunken Zucchini Noodles
When I get Thai food, drunken noodles is always a must-order dish for me. I love the savory spicy sauce coating the wide, flat noodles, mixed with a variety of crispy stir fried vegetables.
photo of zucchini ribbons being made
This version brings all the same flavors, but with a healthier twist. I added more vegetables, and replaced the rice noodles with zucchini noodles. I especially love how I was able to spiralize the zucchini to resemble rice noodles. photo of chopsticks pulling up some Drunken Zucchini Noodles


Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Spiral Slicer* | Maggi Sauce*

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Drunken Zucchini Noodles

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2
An easy, light, and low carb version of the popular Thai dish.


  • 2 medium zucchinis spiralized (I used the straight blade for long ribbons)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb chicken tenders  cut into thin slices
  • 6 oz Chinese broccoli chopped into bite-sized pieces, stems and leaves separated
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (or brown sugar alternative for low carb)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Maggi seasoning sauce you can also use black soy sauce which is not the same as regular soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp red chili paste
  • 1/2 -1 cup Thai basil leaves


  1. In a small bowl, add garlic, brown sugar, fish sauce, oyster sauce, Maggi sauce, rice vinegar, and chili paste. Mix, taste and adjust as needed. Keep in mind that every brand makes the sauces slightly different so adjust to your personal preference.
  2. In a skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and cook until just barely cooked and water has been released from zucchini. Drain water from zucchini and set aside zucchini noodles.
  3. In a large wok or skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add in chicken and cook until chicken is about 70% cooked. Add in broccoli stems and cook a few minutes (until half cooked) before adding in bell pepper, carrot, broccoli leaves. Stir and cook. When everything is just about cooked, add in the zucchini noodles and basil and drizzle everything with sauce. Toss and cook on high heat until sauce is evenly coated and basil is wilted. If your zucchini released more water during cooking, drain excess watery sauce before serving.


Nutrition estimate is calculated using brown sugar. To further reduce carb and sugar count, you can use a brown sugar alternative like sukrin gold brown sugar alternative.* 

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Nutrition Facts
Drunken Zucchini Noodles
Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.6g29%
Saturated Fat 2.9g18%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.9g
Cholesterol 82.7mg28%
Sodium 2451mg107%
Carbohydrates 21.4g7%
Fiber 6.4g27%
Sugar 14.4g16%
Protein 31.2g62%
Vitamin A 1600IU32%
Vitamin C 192.2mg233%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 2.5mg14%
Net Carbs 15g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.


Thai Drunken Zucchini Noodles

4 comments on “Drunken Zucchini Noodles”

  1. This looks delicious.  We have a daughter with celiacs so I
     Wondering what the Maggi sauce is and how it differs from soy sauce in flavor?  I use Tamari as a soy sauce replacement and I’m wondering if that would work as a substitute

    • Maggi sauce contains soy sauce but it also has other flavors and ingredients. You can look up the product label to get the full list of ingredients. I sometimes will use just soy sauce if I don’t have maggi sauce. it’s not quite the same but it still tastes good. I haven’t tried tamari so I don’t know how it tastes.

  2. I’m trying to eat low sugar, 31 grams of sugar is high for a serving that’s equivalent to a candy bar yikes! Any way to cut back on sugar? Can’t wait to try!

    • it’s actually 14 grams sugar, not 31. 31 is the protein count. You can reduce sugar by using a brown sugar substitute instead of brown sugar.

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