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Charred Lemon Zucchini

Light and tasty, this gluten-free, low-carb, charred lemon zucchini pairs well with Sprouts pre-marinated Citrus Herb Chicken, and makes a quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

I’ve partnered with Sprouts to bring y’all this charred lemon zucchini which pairs so well with Sprouts pre-marinated Citrus Herb Chicken.

Sprouts Citrus Herb Chicken Charred Citrus Zucchini

Made with just 10 ingredients, this Charred Lemon Zucchini is a quick, satisfying, nutritious meal. While I made use of zucchini that is plentiful in summer, it can easily be substituted for either cauliflower, broccoli, or carrots, or even a combo of all three!

Last Saturday, my daughter and I decided to hike up Mt. Yonah, which is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in northeast Georgia. It was supposed to have been a 4.4-mile trail over a 3166 ft elevation. After having hiked 10.5 miles up and down Brasstown Bald, I figured this little 4.4-mile trail wouldn’t be too bad.

Views From Top Of Mount Yonah

Our hike up Mt. Yonah involved a mostly rocky path with a few scrambles over boulders. There was a grassy meadow about ¾ of the way up where we paused to take a few photos and ogle at the views.

Climbing Mt Yonah

At the very top of Mt Yonah, the views were even more breathtaking. It was here that we paused, had a few snacks and decided to make our trek down.

Top Of Mount Yonah

And, that’s when I understood why my dad used to say “it’s easier to go up than to come down.” I found that scrambling over rocks while going downhill is not my favorite thing. And, going downhill on a trail that’s heavily compacted after hard rainfall can cause some America’s-Funniest-Video-type slips.

GA Trails Mt Yonah

When we finally got to a gravel road, we got a bit overzealous about the lack of boulders and stayed on it for so long that we missed a turn… and… well, got a little lost. What was supposed to have been a 4.4 mile trail uphill and downhill turned into a 7.9 mile trek uphill, downhill, uphill again and then downhill to the parking lot with our car ~ so now you know who to call when you are looking to make a hike longer than the map suggests 😉

Citrus Herb Chicken

Driving home that day I was so glad I had stopped at Sprouts Farmers Market the night before and grabbed some pre-marinated Citrus Herb Chicken Breast from their Butcher section along with a bunch zucchini and spices.

Making Charred Citrus Zucchini

I love perusing the aisles of Sprouts with their fresh, marinated meats in the butcher section, great selection of veggies and fruits in the produce section, collection of bulk bins and natural products spread around.

Cooking Sprouts Citrus Herb Chicken

If you are fortunate to have a Sprouts close by (or, like me, are willing to drive 45-50 minutes to get to one), then why don’t you let Sprouts takes some of the work out of home cooking with their selection of marinated meats? Sprouts marinated meats come in Beef Carne Asada, Marinated Skirt Chimichurri, Citrus Herb Chicken Breast, and Pollo Asado.

Citrus Herb Chicken Charred Citrus Zucchini Red

When we got home from our Mt. Yonah adventure, my daughter helped me cook up a couple of Sprouts Citrus Herb Chicken breasts while I threw together this super easy charred lemon zucchini. If you happen to have some cauliflower and grapes on hand, then this roasted cauliflower and grapes side dish would be a tasty way to round up this meal!

With flavors of garlic, ginger, basil, turmeric, and lemon punctuating the zucchini, this is one easy, tasty, and a budget-friendly side dish to whip up to serve along with dinner or if you are grilling out!

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Sprouts Citrus Herb Chicken Charred Citrus Zucchini

Charred Lemon Zucchini

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Light and tasty, this gluten free, low carb, pan-charred lemon zucchini
pairs well with Sprouts pre-marinated Citrus Herb Chicken, and makes a quick
and tasty week night dinner.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ a lemon
  • parsley
  • 2 Sprouts pre-marinated citrus herb chicken breasts


  • Peel and dice onion, garlic and if using
    fresh ginger, skin and grate ginger.
  • Add olive oil to a pan and add in the onion
    and saute about 10 minutes.
  • While onion is sautéing, slice up zucchini
  • Then add in the ginger and garlic to the
    onion and mix well.
  • Push the garlic, ginger onion mix to the
    sides of the pan, add the sliced zucchini to the middle, raise the heat to
    medium-high and let it cook about 5-7 minutes, then, using a spatula flip over
    sliced zucchini and let cook another 5-7 minutes.
  • Grate half lemon rind into zucchini and then
    add in the juice of this half lemon. Also add in the salt, pepper, turmeric and
    basil and mix well.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with chicken.
  • *Prepare chicken by sautéing each breast for
    10 minutes in about 2 tbsp of oil, then flip them over and sauté another 10
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 177mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g
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  6. Mary says:

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! It’s perfect for my husband, I’m sure he will love it 🙂

  7. A hunger-inducing long hike like that deserves an epic recipe like this one! Really nice — thanks.

  8. Oh no! That hike definitely took a wrong turn somewhere…oh wait, maybe it was just you that took the wrong turn! 🙂 Sorry to hear about the extra adventures, but it looks like it was still a great day. Those views are stunning! It makes me wish we did more hiking back when we were in the ATL! Either way, this sounds like an excellent meal after a day spent outside. You’ve got so much flavor packed in this one…just the way I like it! Now I just need a Sprouts to pop up near me. 🙂

  9. Neil says:

    You are definitely not along in not liking going downhill after your trail walking Shashi. I have to double the amount of time we’ve taken going up for coming down with Lynne. She’s like Bambi on ice! Your trail walk does look a bit tricky underfoot though. And those are some delicious flavours you’ve got blending with the zucchini there. You’re making my mouth water here!

  10. Demeter says:

    I love how light and fresh this zucchini sounds. So perfect for summer!

  11. lemon Zucchini sounds delicious. What a coincidence… I have Zucchini fritters on my blog today..

  12. Natalie says:

    Looks so delicious and juicy! I love lemon and zucchini together – so yummy!

  13. Those chicken breasts look scrumptious and I love your lemon zucchini. That’s a great side dish for any meal. Your trek sounds like it was quite an adventure! The views look spectacular!

  14. That’s wonderful side dish! The chicken breast is perfectly pan seared, Shashi.