Whole 30 Chicken Pesto Zoodles Recipe

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This Whole 30 chicken pesto zoodles recipe will easily become one of your weekly menu recipes when you see how delicious and easy it is to make. Chicken recipes, in general, are one of my favorite dinner items to make when I am doing the Whole 30; it is easy to make and you can make SO MANY different meals with it. This chicken pesto zoodles recipe combines my pesto zoodles recipe with a simple baked chicken recipe which both end up being ideal and perfect for meal prepping as well. 

This chicken pesto zoodles recipe is not just Whole 30, it is also paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free and of course DELICIOUS! Both of my kids love this recipe and it is great for either a lunch or dinner. I normally double batch this recipe so we can then have it for lunch and/or dinner the next day.

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What is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is a 30-day elimination diet that involves eating whole and unprocessed foods with the long-term goal to reduce inflammation, help your gut health, and overall change your relationship with food. Learn more about the Whole 30 program here.

Why Whole 30 Zoodles?

Zucchini noodles can be used to replace traditional pasta, which is a big win for those who want to eat healthier. They are also perfect for those trying to lose weight or are following a gluten-free diet.

Zucchini is very low in calories but a good source of dietary fiber. It’s also a great source of vitamin C. It can be an excellent alternative for those looking to cut down on carbs. They are also paleo diet-friendly.

They are an excellent substitute for pasta and wheat-based noodles. Zucchini noodles are low-calorie and low-carb but can be quite filling. They are also low in Cholesterol and a great way to get your daily dose of veggies. They are just as good in a healthy spaghetti dish as in a stir-fry.

Zucchini Noodles are all the rage now (along with cucumber noodles and carrot noodles) and for a good reason. They’re a low-carb, guilt-free substitution for your regular noodles. There are so many methods out there for making zucchini noodles that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what works for you. In this blog, I will outline the two best ways to make zucchini noodles.

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How To Make Zucchini Noodles?

You can make zucchini noodles with a spiralizer, Julienne peeler, knife, or mandolin slicer. A spiralizer is a tool that turns vegetables into long, thin noodles. There are several different types of spiralizers. The most common is the handheld spiralizer that allows you to make noodles from vegetables such as zucchini, carrot, and cucumber.

What is Pesto?

Pesto is a sauce that originated in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy. Traditionally, the sauce is made up of basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and parmigiano-reggiano all blended together in olive oil. Accompaniments may include the most popular past, meat, potatoes, other veggies, and my personal favorite, a spoonful directly into my mouth. YIKES, did I just say that?

Incorporated Recipes for Whole 30 Chicken Pesto Zoodles 

This recipe combines a couple of my recipes into one, including my dairy-free pesto as well as my pesto zucchini noodles.

Dairy Free Pesto Sauce

Dairy Free Pesto Sauce Recipe

This delicious and easy dairy-free pesto sauce recipe is a great addition to your dish. Whole 30, dairy free, paleo and vegan add this sauce to any protein, zucchini noodles or veggie! 

Pesto Whole 30 Zoodles

Pesto Whole 30 Zoodles Recipe

Want a delicious and clean pesto Whole 30 Zoodles Recipe? Check out this easy and yummy recipe that is also paleo, vegan, and gluten-free! This is the main recipe for my chicken pesto zoodles recipe! 

How to make Whole 30 Chicken Pesto Zoodles 

What you will need for this recipe for the chicken: chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, avocado oil. For the pesto you will need basil, nutritional yeast, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. For the zucchini noodles you will need, zucchini, olive oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. 

Steps to make the baked chicken:

Step 1

Smother your chicken in avocado oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2

Bake chicken in oven to 35-45 minute. You will need to check the internal temperature of the chicken and make sure it is 165 degrees.

Steps to make Dairy Free Pesto

Step 1

In a blender or food processor, blend in basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and lemon juice until combined.

Step 2

Once blended, add in the garlic, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast. Add additional salt and pepper as desired. ENJOY!

Steps to make Zoodles

Step 1

Spiralize the zucchini and heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush a little olive oil on the top.

Step 2

Add the zucchini noodles to the baking tray and sprinkle salt and garlic over the top.

Step 3

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

Step 4

Sprinkle salt and pepper. Serve hot with your favorite sauce. Optional: Add cherry tomatoes, parmesan and baby spinach, only if you are okay adding the dairy.

Whole 30 Book Recommendations:

When I first learned about the Whole 30, I did not know where to start or how to implement the program. That said, I started searching for books about the Whole 30 to learn about the program, understand it and begin my journey.

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Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM

If you are looking to hit the ground running with Whole 30, then I highly recommend this 30-day guide. Not only does it give a quick run-down of what the program is, it gives some great recipes to start your program off with.

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Whole 30 Fast & Easy

After I did my first round of Whole 30, I wanted to incorporate more healthy and delicious recipes into my family’s weekly menu. This book was a go-to when it came to selecting what my family and I ate during the week and on the weekends.

 

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Whole 30: Food Freedom Forever

If you are a reader like me and want to learn everything about a program prior to doing it, I highly recommend starting off with this book. I actually completed my first round of Whole 30, without reading this book. However, a couple years later, when I found out I had Hashimoto’s Disease, I decided to deep dive into the intricacies of the program to see and realize the benefits. This book really broke it down for me and allowed me to learn about ALL the benefits of this elimination diet and ultimately, turn my health around.

Whole 30 Chicken Pesto Zoodles Recipe

Whole 30 Chicken Pesto Zoodles Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Ashland Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: Whole 30, PaleoDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • Zoodles
  • 2 medium zucchinis, ends trimmed and make noodles using countertop spiralizer

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

  • 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic

  • Dairy Free Pesto
  • 3 cups basil

  • 2 cups pine nuts

  • 1 juice of medium lemon

  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 3 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp pepper

  • Baked Chicken
  • 4 Chicken breasts (skinless and boneless)

  • 1/2 tbsp salt

  • 1/2 tbsp pepper

  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil

Directions

  • Dairy Free Pesto
  • In a blender or food processor, blend in basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and lemon juice until combined.
  • Once blended, add in the garlic, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast. Add additional salt and pepper as desired. ENJOY!
  • Zoodles
  • Spiralize the zucchini and heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush a little olive oil on the top.
  • Add the zucchini noodles to the baking tray and sprinkle salt and garlic over the top.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper. Add the dairy free pesto and set aside.
  • Baked Chicken
  • Smother your chicken in avocado oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake chicken in oven to 35-45 minute. You will need to check the internal temperature of the chicken and make sure it is 165 degree.
  • Once chicken is baked, place plate the zucchini noodles on plates and lay the baked chicken on top! If you have some extra pesto, you can drizzle some extra pesto on top! ENJOY!

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