Keto chicken pesto zoodle salad

Keto chicken pesto zoodle salad

A Mediterranean feast, combining all of those classic flavors of basil, tomato and feta in a fresh and delicious salad. The shredded chicken absorbs the pesto flavor and the tart feta paired with the sweetness of the tomatoes makes for a yummy, quick and easy low-carb salad.

Keto chicken pesto zoodle salad

A Mediterranean feast, combining all of those classic flavors of basil, tomato and feta in a fresh and delicious salad. The shredded chicken absorbs the pesto flavor and the tart feta paired with the sweetness of the tomatoes makes for a yummy, quick and easy low-carb salad.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 450 g chicken breast (without skin)chicken breasts (without skin)
  • 8 oz. 225 g sugar-free green pesto
  • 5 oz. 150 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 oz. 110 g feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
  • 14 oz. 400 g zucchini, 2 medium-sized or zucchini noodles
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a medium pot and add cold water until the chicken is just covered.
  2. Bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  3. Remove the chicken from the water and shred it using two forks. Set aside.
  4. Spiralize the zucchini and place the zoodles in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Pour the pesto over the zoodles, and toss with tongs to completely coat the zoodles.
  6. Add shredded chicken breast, tomatoes and feta to the zoodles and gently toss with tongs until evenly combined. Drizzle with olive oil.

Tips

Make a big batch because this dish tastes even better served the next day! The noodles are softer and the chicken is more moist.

Can I cook the zoodles if I don't want to serve them raw?

If you don't want the zoodles raw, you can quickly sautéed them in olive oil. Alternatively, salt and cook them in the microwave or boiling water for a minute.

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4 comments

  1. Kathleen
    Easy and delicious!
    Reply: #2
  2. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Easy and delicious!

    Yes! So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Deni
    This is a great combination with the pesto. I make my own pesto with basil, olive oil, half pine nuts and half walnuts, garlic, salt, sometimes adding a bit of fresh mint. Delicious. An idea is to precook some chicken breasts in the instant pot and add them to a stand mixer to quickly shred. Just keep an eye on it so you don't over-shred. Then I portion and package in ziploc bags and freeze for future uses.
    Reply: #4
  4. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This is a great combination with the pesto. I make my own pesto with basil, olive oil, half pine nuts and half walnuts, garlic, salt, sometimes adding a bit of fresh mint. Delicious. An idea is to precook some chicken breasts in the instant pot and add them to a stand mixer to quickly shred. Just keep an eye on it so you don't over-shred. Then I portion and package in ziploc bags and freeze for future uses.

    Fresh pesto is the best! Thanks for the tips!

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