This dish is super delicious either hot or cold. Enjoy for dinner warm or on a picnic from the cooler. Enjoy!
NOODLE INGREDIENTS :
- 5 cups zucchini noodles (made by using a spiralizer) or you can buy these pre-cut at some grocery stores
- a pinch of unrefined sea salt
INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE CHICKEN PESTO:
- 1 large bunch of fresh basil, leaves only
- ½ clove of garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 TBS coconut oil
- 2 pounds boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used both breasts and thighs)
- ½ tsp unrefined salt
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 1 TBS coconut oil
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 3 TBS pine nuts for garnish
- Place zucchini noodles in a large strainer in the sink and sprinkle with a titch of salt. Set aside. (this will remove some of the moisture from the noodles.)
- To make pesto: Place basil leaves and garlic into food processor and process until completely broken up. Add olive oil, salt, and lemon juice and continue to process until smooth. Add hemp seeds (or pumpkin or pine nuts) and pulse until desired consistency.
- Sprinkle ½ tsp salt over chicken and in a large skillet, melt 1 TBS of fat of choice and saute chicken pieces and minced garlic until cooked all the way through and starting to brown ~ about 8-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, dump your noodles onto a clean dish towel and gently pat dry. Then in another skillet, melt 1 TBS of fat of choice and saute zucchini noodles for 2-3 minutes until just beginning to soften. Turn off heat and add the cooked chicken and pesto. Give a little stir.
- Top with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
|Nutrition Facts from MyFitnessPal|
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 18 g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 5 g||24 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 1273 mg||53 %|
|Potassium 96 mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 15 g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4 g||17 %|
|Sugars 10 g|
|Protein 53 g||106 %|
|Vitamin A||17 %|
|Vitamin C||113 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|