Zoodles with Chicken & Pesto

Last weekend I stumbled upon a Williams Sonoma that I had never seen before, so I went in and bought a Julienne peeler/Mandolin.  I had seen a lot of recipes that involved “Zoodles,” (aka Zucchini noodles) and figured a Julienne peeler would be useful to have if we are going to start incorporating some of these Paleo recipes into our regular rotation once this Challenge is over.  I thought chicken and pesto would be yummy with the Zoodles  and after looking at a bunch of recipes online, I felt comfortable enough making up my own recipe.  The result was delish!

Here’s what I did…

First, I cut 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts into cubes and set those aside.

Then, I made my pesto: I lightly toasted 6 tablespoons of pine nuts in a pan on the stove for about 3-4 minutes until they got slightly browned and toasted.  I then put into the bowl of a food processor, 3 cups of fresh basil leaves, and added my mine nuts.  I added 2 chopped cloves of garlic and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt.  I then pulsed the food processor using the regular blade until the ingredients were all finely chopped and then I turned the food processor on continuously and poured about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil into the bowl of the food processor while it was going.  My goal was to get a nice paste formed.  I then tasted the pesto, and had Ken taste the pesto and we adjusted the seasoning as necessary.  Ken wanted to add a little more lemon juice to balance out the flavors a bit.  Whole301

Finally, I turned 4 zucchinis into Zoodles by using my Julienne peeler.  You can make wide noodles if you want or you can make skinnier noodles… that’s entirely up to you.  I was learning how to use my Julienne peeler and figuring out how to play around with the different settings, so I ended up with noodles of varying sizes.  You can stop peeling when you get to the seeds of the zucchini.Whole302

I then sauteed the chicken just a little bit in olive oil in a pan on the stove over medium heat.  Once the chicken started to cook a bit, I added about 2 Tablespoons of the pesto to the pan and stirred to coat the chicken in the pesto.  I then let the chicken cook, flipping the pieces periodically, for about 10-12 minutes.Whole30

Meanwhile, I heated up a little bit of olive oil in the wok on the stove over medium-high heat and I added my Zoodles to the wok to sautee a little bit.Whole303  Once my chicken was cooked through, I added the pesto-coated chicken to the wok with the zucchini and I stirred to combine everything, then we served it and ate it with additional pesto on the side to stir in individually.Whole304  Yummy!  zoodles

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