Skinny Szechuan Chicken

by Jen on April 3, 2012

Skinny Szechuan Chicken. A healthy alternative to take-out Chinese food!

Skinny Szechuan Chicken. A healthy alternative to take-out Chinese food. #recipe

Do you like Chinese food?  I’m talking about good ol’ order-in Chinese food, dripping with grease and bathing in sauce.  Every once in a while, my hubby gets a serious craving for the stuff.  So, every once in a while we order in Chinese (much to my displeasure!).  The only dishes I’ll indulge in is the noodles, stir-fry veggies, and chicken.  Even then, I’m pretty much gagging the entire time.

I figure, if I’m not going to let hubby order in Chinese, then I should try to make it…without all the saucy grease!  Without further ado, I present to you Skinny Szechuan Chicken.


Skinny Szechuan Chicken


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 5



Slightly adapted from The Realistic Nutritionist


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small bag broccoli slaw
  • 100g rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce (depending how spicy you want it)


  1. Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Add the red bell pepper and broccoli slaw and cook until tender crisp, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  4. Add soy sauce and Sriracha to broccoli mixture. Add in cooked noodles and stir.


21 Day Fix: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow


I absolutely love rice vermicelli noodles, they are my favorite.  And they should be your favorite too.  They are much lower in calories and fat than regular pasta noodles.  To the noodles, I added a ton of veggies plus some lean chicken breast.

The whole family loved this meal.  Okay, so maybe it’s not order-in-Chinese, but it sure is a great alternative that is both healthy and tasty!


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1 Heather April 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

we are exactly the same. Hubs loves order in Chinese food and me? Not so much. I’ll have to try this – it looks really yummy!
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2 Jen April 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

LOL…what is with guys and their Chinese food?? This recipe is great! Even hubby was impressed 🙂


3 Jenny April 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

Oh this looks so good! I am totally making it this week. Yummy!!
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4 Jen April 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Let me know if you like it!


5 Annie S. April 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Yum! This looks really good! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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6 Jen April 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

You’re welcome! The whole family ate it, so it must be good 😉


7 Patty January 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

this recipe is AWESOME! I made a couple modifications due to what I had on hand.
I used ground turkey and whole wheat angel hair pasta and it turned out
Great! I will say that 1 Tbs of the hot sauce was to much for me. I already have the
Ingredients to make this again per the recipe this time.


8 Jen January 7, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Patty, so glad you enjoyed it! We have to tone down on the spice here too because of the kids 😉


9 Anna Schmidt June 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

What is the 21 day fix container breakdown for this dish and how much can you have per serving?


10 Jen June 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

The containers are 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow. You would measure 1 serving in a green container.


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