Chicken Pesto with Zoodles

Posted on Dec 21 2014 - 10:57am by Marianne

Chicken Pesto Zoodles

A dairy free pesto sauce that taste delicious and the most viewed recipe on my blog. Truly a beautiful paleo makeover.

 

Chicken Pesto with Zoodles
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of raw cashews
  2. 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  3. 1/2 cup of light olive oil/avocado oil or macadamia oil
  4. Ghee for frying chicken
  5. 1 clove of garlic
  6. 6 green olives pitted
  7. 2 chicken breast fillets cubed
  8. Sea Salt
  9. Pepper
  10. 6-8 zucchini
Instructions
  1. Prepare the zucchini by washing, top and tailing them. I used my new vegetable spiraliser. But I have used my julienne peeler. Hold the zucchini from the top and peel in a downwards motion. Peel until you start to see the seeds, then turn around and do the same on the other sides. Julienne all the flesh from the zucchini creating thin noodles. Place in a colander and toss zucchini with *salt and let stand with a plate underneath for 15-20 mins then rinse well. *salting the zoodles: (doing so will remove excess moister as zucchini are a watery vege. It avoids a soggy dish if this part is performed but you don’t have to, you can do your zoodles how you prefer)
  2. To make the pesto sauce add remaining ingredients (except chicken) to a hand blender, pulse then scrap down edges, pulse again then scrap down edges, add more extra olive oil if needed and pulse until you have a smooth sauce. Add more basil if needed, then test seasoning.
  3. In a frypan add some ghee and add cubed chicken to hot pan to brown, season then set aside.
  4. In a pot of boiling salted water add the zucchini noodles and leave in pan for 2 minutes remove and drain, fresh with a little cold water. Squeeze/knead the zucchini gently to remove excess water. (I wrap in a tea towel so all liquid is removed) In the same saucepan where the zoodles boiled add the zoodles, pesto sauce and chicken pieces together and stir to coat with heat on low, so the sauce warms.
  5. Season well and Enjoy
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Marianne found success with Paleo eating when she did a Whole 30 challenge with her husband in 2014. She hit her goal weight and improved her health and wellbeing. Marianne started giving Paleo makeovers to many of her families' traditional recipes and decided to share it with everyone on her Gusto Paleo blog.

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