Chicken and Veggie Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles Recipe | PBS Food

Chicken and Veggie Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

chicken veggie bolognese zucchini noodles

This isn't your grandma's classic bolognese. Cook up this chicken veggie bolognese over zucchini noodles. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)


Yield: Serves 4



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more as needed
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled minced
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, stems removed and minced
  • 1/4 yellow onion, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (a mix of oregano)
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 14-ounce can of tomato sauce (or your favorite jarred marinara sauce)
  • 3 to 4 zucchini, spiralized using the C or D blade


  1. In a medium pot, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When warm, add the carrots and mushrooms and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Next, add the onions and cook for an additional minute or so. Add about 1/2 of the salt and mix in the garlic, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Mix again until all the veggies are coated in the oil and seasoning.
  2. Add the ground chicken and sprinkle the top with the reserved 1/2 teaspoon of salt; break it up into crumbles using a spatula or wooden spoon. Since ground chicken isn’t very fatty, you may need to add a bit more olive oil so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan (I added about a tablespoon more). Cook until the ground chicken is cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes. Next, pour in the tomato sauce and mix. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until fragrant. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to taste. Mix in the Italian parsley and set aside.
  3. In a small skillet pan, set over medium heat, add a few teaspoons of olive oil. When the oil is warm, add the zucchini and toss until coated in the olive oil. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, tossing the zucchini noodles every so often.
  4. Divide the zucchini noodles amongst bowls and top with a few spoonfuls of bolognese. Garnish with some parmesan.
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