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Cucumber Noodles. A delicious way to enjoy air fryer Thai chicken breasts on a bed of cucumber noodles. Loaded with Thai flavours, easy to recreate at home and perfect for a healthy light lunch. A fun alternative to the traditional air fryer chicken breasts.
Plus, you will be pleased to know that our air fryer chicken breasts and cucumber noodles are gluten free, paleo, whole30 and Keto friendly.
This cucumber noodles air fryer recipe is an updated post as we originally shared it with you back in 2016. We have added new photos, answered more questions and we hope you like the update.
After sharing with you our updated recipe for air fryer zoodles, I just had to circle back to you today and update our cucumber noodles recipe.
You see it feels like they both belong together.
Whilst the air fryer zoodles can be enjoyed all year around, cucumber noodles are my go to during the hot summer months.
You see, I have spent the last 12 years living in Portugal. They have super hot summers in the south and its so hot you break into a sweat going to the bathroom.
The idea here is that you are creating a delicious cold Thai noodles salad from cucumbers and then loading it up with Thai flavoured chicken breasts.
The air fryer is then only on for the chicken breasts and it stops you overheating in the kitchen.
It is also a fun alternative to a traditional cucumber salad, when cucumbers are in season in the summer.
Also, if you don’t want an Asian cucumber noodle salad you can swap the Thai seasonings for another style. It might be Mediterranean seasonings, a French sauce, or even Hawaiian flavours.
The choice is yours!
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What Are Cucumber Noodles?
Cucumber noodles is basically a cucumber that has been cut in a similar way to pasta.
When you have cut the cucumber noodles and loaded them onto a dinner plate, they will look similar to pasta noodles.
Cucumber Vs Zucchini Noodles
You are probably wondering how cucumber noodles compare to zucchini noodles, or if you can make cucumber noodles. Well, they are one of the same.
Just a different food.
You can easily use cucumber for a summer zoodles alternative.
Just like many people make vegetable noodles from carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and zucchini.
How To Make Cucumber Noodles Without Spiralizer?
I way I make raw cucumber noodles is with a julienne peeler. It’s a great way to create cucumber noodles without a spiralizer and so much easier.
You don’t have to worry about cutting yourself, cleaning the spiralizer and its simple.
A julienne peeler if you have not heard of one before is one of these:
It is a French peeler, and you can simply peel your cucumbers and then they turn out like a thick pasta. In other words you have cucumber pasta noodles that are similar to tagelitelle.
You can then toss your cucumber in seasonings and create a delicious cucumber noodle salad.
Then while I am cutting up the cucumbers, the air fryer will be working its magic and making delicious Thai chicken breasts to serve with the cucumber noodles.
How Do You Make Cucumber Zoodles?
This is how easy it is to create your own cucumber noodles recipe at home:
- Use your julienne peeler to make thick cucumber zoodles.
- Toss in a bowl with seasonings.
- Load onto dinner plates and serve.
Of course, this happens while your Thai chicken breasts are cooking in the air fryer. Then you can serve your chicken breasts with them.
To make the Thai chicken breasts you simply:
- Mix your Thai marinade ingredients in a bowl.
- Load chicken breasts into foil with some of the marinade.
- Air fry + serve.
We do it like this in the foil because it keeps the sauce on the chicken and also keeps your air fryer clean.
Air Fryer Thai Chicken Breast With Cucumber Noodles
Cucumber Noodles Ingredients:
- 2 Medium Cucumbers
- 2 Chicken Breasts
- Salt & Pepper
- Place red Thai sauce ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
- Load two chicken breasts onto two different sheets of silver foil and pour over ¼ of the sauce onto each. Wrap up the foil and place in the air fryer.
- Air fry in foil for 15 minutes at 180c/360f, open the top of the foil and spoon the sauce back over the chicken and cook for a further 3 minutes at the same temperature.
- Whilst the chicken breast is cooking in the air fryer prepare your cucumber noodles. Use a julienne pepper to peel the cucumber and load it into the bowl with the remaining Thai sauce. Toss it in the bowl so that it is well covered.
- Then move the cucumber noodles to a dinner plate and pair with the sliced chicken breast once it is cooked.