Juicy chicken marinated in pesto is the perfect protein to top these healthy and delicious zucchini noodles! A fast and easy alternative to your regular pasta dinner!
Zucchini noodles are all the rage right now. Actually any spiralized vegetable is. I for one absolutely love them! What about you? Have you tried them yet? If you haven’t I highly recommend it. Not only do they taste great, but it’s a fun way to get more vegetables into your diet.
Before I bought myself a spiralizer I simply used a julienne peeler to do the job. It doesn’t take up any space and is relatively inexpensive. However, after seeing people use the spiralizer I couldn’t resist buying one. I’ve now had mine for about a year and pull it out of my pantry at least once a week to make some sort of vegetable noodles. If you think it’s something you’ll use frequently and you have the space to store it, I definitely think it’s a good investment!
Since I’m still pulling at least 1-2 zucchini off my plant per week I’m in desperate need of ways to use them up. I’ve baked zucchini bread, stuck it in those delicious cupcakes I shared the recipe for a while back, grilled it, sautèed it, and now I’m spiralizing the heck out of it and making easy zucchini noodles. Once the zucchini is in noodle form the rest is simple. Just toss them in a large sautè pan sprayed with cooking spray, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and toss them around for a minute. All done. No waiting for water to boil and then waiting even longer for the pasta to cook. Start to finish you’re looking at about 5-6 minutes, you can’t beat that!
For all the doubters out there about the flavor, I’m not here to tell you that it tastes just like pasta, because it’s not pasta. It does however have the look and texture of pasta and when you top it with the delicious pesto chicken and lots of parmesan cheese, it makes a pretty darn good replacement! Not to mention the calories in one whole zucchini are between 30-50 whereas a serving of pasta is about 200 calories, sort of a big difference wouldn’t you say? If you are looking for a great alternative to pasta or maybe a way to get your kids or yourself to eat more vegetables, I highly recommend giving this Pesto Chicken with Zucchini Noodles a try!