Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Chicken


Sometime last month I bought rather large Paleo Recipe eBook and last night I cooked my first meal out of it… There are some 407 pages in this book and an array of different Paleo recipes to try… Not sure why it has taken me quite so long to find something out of it to eat… I think because most of the recipes have a recipe within them – for example some mustard chicken dish – 1 part of the process is turn to page whatever and make the home made mustard… fuck off… cant I just buy it?

Anyway… the dish I went for was simple and easy and well it DID require you to make your own basil pesto – which I was happy to do, alas Jay didn’t have any kind of food processing device – bottled pesto it is… delightful. I will however add the ingredients etc for the pesto to make at home (for you hard core cavemen)


The recipe also didn’t have chicken in it… though being a caveman… I required meeeeeat!!

You will need:

  • Zucchinis (how many depends on how many people you are cooking for – i had 6 medium sized to feed two of us)
  • 3 cups of fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Tomatoes (recipe calls for 1 cup fresh tomatoes – I used two lots of small sized tomatoes on the vine)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chicken Tenderloins – again how much will depend on how many you want to feed.
  • Lemon juice


I started with oven roasting my vine tomatoes, pre-heat your oven to around 150 celcius – put some grease proof paper into your baking tray, place your tomatoes on top and drizzle some olive oil over the top and add some sea salt to taste. Pop into the oven to cook while you prepare the rest of the food.

You want to mandoline or use your best julienne skills to cut up the zucchinis into ribbon like strips. Put to the side.

For the basil… place 2 cloves garlic and basil into a food processor and turn on, slowly drizzle in the 2 tbsps of olive oil until you get a smooth consistency. You may need more or less olive oil, you can judge as you go along. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Put to the side.

I sliced my tenderloins in half so they were slightly smaller strips, season with salt and pepper, heat your fry pan with a splash of olive oil, when it is hot place your tenderloins into the pan to cook. Once cooked on one side, turn over and add a spoonfull of your pesto to your chicken and mix around about to give a light coating.

For the zucchini, heat a large saucepan and splash in a little more olive oil, mince your remaining garlic clove and add to the pan and let it cook through a little. After a minute or so add the zucchini to the saucepan and and cook stirring occasionally, you will notice the zucchini start to gain a little brown/fried colour. Squeeze in a little lemon juice and some salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked stir in all your pesto mix stirring to coat evenly.

Take your tomatoes from the oven and remove the vines, slice them in halves and add to your zucchini noodles.

To serve pile your zucchini in the middle of the plate and place your chicken over top of you noodles. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Voila. It was yummy… more recipes to come

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6 Comments on “Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Chicken”

  1. May 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on rubberbandpants and commented:
    So Caveman Danny cooked this up last night and thought I’d share it. I’ll give it a try this weekend. Zucchini noodles? Who knew?

  2. May 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Lots of people are liking your recipe. I’m buying my zucchini today..fatty.

    • Danny
      May 28, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      Yeah it is AMAZING… I definitely think you should try something like that… get rid of your muffin top ๐Ÿ˜›

      • May 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

        Maybe I’ll just have to give it to you?

      • Danny
        May 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

        Na you can keep it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. May 29, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Am making it tonight but cooking the chicken on the grill with a ginger sesame marinade. Roasting the vine tomatoes in the oven and getting hungry!

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