Keto Pesto Zoodles Recipe with Chicken

A Simple Recipe for Keto Pesto Zoodles With Chicken

This keto pesto zoodles with chicken recipe is super simple! It takes 25 minutes in total from start to finish. It requires a handful of ingredients and just one pan. This pesto dish is so delish. You should try it even if you do not eat a keto or low-carb diet.

Zoodles are a noodle made from spiralizing zucchini. They can also be made with a vegetable peeler, but you won’t get the same round shape.

Don’t like zucchini? No problem! I’m not a fan of zoodles either. Instead, you can make this recipe using wheat noodles.

Or you can use GoGo Quinoa spaghetti noodles, which is what I do. The quinoa adds more carbs and protein.

Keto Pesto Zoodles with Chicken - Tammy Lee Recipe
Keto Pesto Zoodles with Chicken - Tammy Lee Recipe

Keto Diet

While I will try keto recipes, I do not follow a keto diet. Why? Because it doesn’t jive with my food preferences or athletic lifestyle. I tried a low-carb diet for a year and that didn’t work for me either.

Does this mean I am against the keto diet? Hell no! If I were, I would not be sharing a keto recipe with you right now. I have clients on keto and low-carb diets. I also wrote a low-carb recipe ebook.

But for me, I need a diet higher in carbohydrates. I am an ultra-endurance athlete, spending many hours riding my bike. A lot of energy is spent pedalling over long distances, climbing steep hills, and navigating challenging terrain.

To efficiently fuel my body so I can maximize cycling performance, I need about 3g to 5g of carbohydrates per pound of body weight. I snack on carbs during my rides to keep my energy levels up. After my rides, I need to replenish my depleted carb stores to prepare for the next training session.

I also need a high-protein diet to recover and rebuild from high-volume training. Healthy fats are also important, but I don’t need them in large amounts. Therefore, a keto or low-carb diet would not make sense for me and could impede my performance. Learn more about why carbs are important for endurance athletes here.

But there are a lot of endurance athletes performing well on keto diets, you say? Yes, I agree!

This is not an argument over which way of eating is superior. We all have different goals, training protocols, bodies and food preferences. To each their own. I respect individual choices. After all, I want the same respect for my choices too.

No matter how differently we eat, we can all agree on one thing – to eat healthy whole foods most of the time and in proper portions that support our personal goals.

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Keto Pesto Zoodles Recipe - GO FIT LIFE

Keto Pesto Zoodles with Chicken

This is a simple and healthy recipe for anyone that loves zoodles, not just for keto. Only one pan is required too. You're practically skipping the dishes.
Zoodles are a noodle made from spiralizing zucchini. They can also be made with a vegetable peeler, but you won't get the same round shape.
Gluten-free, low in carbs and high in protein.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, supper
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 338 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 spiralizer vegetable peeler
  • 1 large frying pan

Ingredients
  

  • 4 zucchini spiralized
  • 1 lb. 450g chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. green pesto
  • 2 cups 300g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • cup 30g parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh basil to serve
  • chili flakes to serve
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Make zucchini noodles using a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler.
    4 zucchini
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place the chicken in the pan for 8-10 minutes, ensuring it is cooked all over. Once the chicken is cooked through, transfer to a plate and set aside.
    2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 lb. 450g chicken breast, chopped
  • Next, cook the zoodles. In the same pan, add the remaining tablespoon of oil, pesto, tomatoes and zucchini noodles. Stir well, until the zoodles are coated with the pesto.
    4 tbsp. green pesto, 2 cups 300g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Add the chicken back into the pan, along with the parmesan cheese and toss. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
    ⅓ cup 30g parmesan cheese, grated
  • Serve with fresh basil and chili flakes.
    fresh basil, chili flakes

Video

Notes

Estimated Nutrition:

  • 338 cals/serv
  • 19g fats
  • 11g carbs
  • 32g protein
 
Don’t like zucchini? Try swapping the zoodle for a wheat, quinoa or rice noodle.
Keyword chicken, easy, gluten-free, healthy, high-protein, keto, low-carb, pasta, pesto, quick, zucchini

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