chicken pesto and zucchini pasta

Keto Chicken Pesto Zucchini Pasta

We love pesto sauce because it drastically changes the taste of any dish. Plus, it is very cheap and is highly nutritious! You can keep it for several days in the fridge and use it to season other dishes such as chicken.

Adding pesto to your dishes is a great way to get more garlic in your diet. While it might be smelly, garlic is one of the most potent examples we have of food as medicine. It has been used as years for its medicinal properties to treat many ailments. 


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Research shows that garlic contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to help treat diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even cancer. It’s great for purging toxins out of the body. Plus, it tastes great when paired with olive oil and lemon juice.

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Make sure you use fresh squeezed lemon juice, which is another powerful anti-inflammatory food. Lemon juice is not only sweet. It’s also a good source of antioxidant vitamins. 

keto chicken pesto and zucchini pasta

This recipe calls for zucchini, which is a great food to have on hand if you follow a low-carb diet because it can be transformed into just about any shape. For this recipe, you’ll be turning zucchini into noodles. You can do this by purchasing a vegetable noodle spiralizer or use a sharp knife.

Zucchini contains mostly water, so you’ll want to use salt to draw out the water and then drain it or else your dish will be soggy. 

Unlike traditional pasta, you can serve this dish as-is without a side salad because the zucchini meets your vegetable needs. It’s also a great way to enjoy a pasta dish without feeling bloated afterwards or needing to take a nap!

How To

Start by preparing the sauce.

prepare zucchini pasta sauce

Wash and trim the stems from the basil leaves.

wash and trim basil leaves

Add these to a blender along with the rest of the pesto ingredients and blend until smooth.

put basil leaves in blender

Wash and dry the zucchini. Use a vegetable spiralizer or a knife to make noodles out of the zucchini. Add the noodles to a bowl and sprinkle with salt to draw out the excess water. Let noodles sit for 30 minutes and then squeeze them out.

Chop the chicken and fry it in a pan in olive oil.

chop and season chicken

Chop the tomato and add it to the chicken.

chop tomato add to chicken

 Add the basil, season with salt, pepper and garlic and cook in olive oil in a stovetop pan over medium heat. Add paprika and continue to cook.

add basil to chicken and tomato

Then add the pesto sauce and zucchini noodles.

add zucchini noodles in pan

Stir until all ingredients are combined and serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil!

add pesto sauce to zucchini noodle and serve
chicken pesto and zucchini pasta
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Keto Chicken Pesto and Zucchini Pasta

Make ‘noodles’ out of zucchini for one-of-a-kind Pesto Zoodles. This smart pasta alternative is keto, low carb and super-food rich which helps get more nutrients into your diet.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: chicken pesto and zucchini pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 595kcal
Author: Rayane Chehab, MS, RDN

Ingredients

For the Pesto Sauce Cream

  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup basil leaves fresh
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For the Pasta

  • 3 zucchini large
  • ½ cup basil leaves fresh
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup tomato
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken breast
  • ½ cup bell pepper green
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • Prepare the pesto sauce by washing the basil leaves, cutting off the stems, and putting them with the other ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until you get a homogeneous paste.
  • Wash the zucchini and dry very well. Using a sharp vegetable peeler, make “linguine noodles” with the zucchini until you reach the seeds. Discard stems and seeds.
  • Place the noodles in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for half an hour so that the zucchini loses its excess water. Gently squeeze the zucchini to drain excess water.
  • Cut the remaining basil, green bell pepper and tomato.
  • Meanwhile, cut the chicken breast into small pieces, and season with salt, pepper and garlic. Put a nonstick skillet on medium high heat, drizzle with oil and brown the chicken on all sides.
  • Add the paprika and cook for three more minutes. Finally, add the pesto and the zucchini linguine.
  • Gently stir all ingredients. Serve hot with a little olive oil and topping with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Keto Chicken Pesto and Zucchini Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 595 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 671mg29%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1889IU38%
Vitamin C 60mg73%
Calcium 502mg50%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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