Flatlay view of Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo) on a plate garnished with fresh lemon and chopped basil

Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo)

Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo) are a delicious non-dairy option to chicken alfredo. The sauce is great on regular pasta, too!

Flatlay view of Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo) on a plate garnished with fresh lemon and chopped basil
Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo)
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You guys, I think my tastes have changed after so many years on a nutrient dense diet. I actually prefer zoodles to regular pasta much of the time! And even weirder, so does Hubs, even when I give him the option of having regular pasta! You gotta understand, we were a pasta-eating family, once upon a time.

Beware! This could happen to you, too. Eat healthy long enough, and soon you’ll begin to actually crave vegetables. Don’t worry. It’s a good thing. 😁

For the uninitiated…

In case you have no idea what zoodles are, I’ll tell you. Zoodles are simply spiralized ribbons of zucchini. To make them, you only need a little gadget called a Veggetti. It is perfect for small soft vegetables. You just crank the zucchini through, and put the gadget in the dishwasher. Easy peasy. (Hard vegetables don’t do well here because they break. To spiralize things like carrots, sweet potatoes or butternut squash, you will need a heavy duty spiralizer. I’ve linked the one I use here. It’s a little awkward, but it really does the job!)

Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo) on a pasta plate topped with chopped fresh basil
Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo)

Wait. Wine in an AIP recipe???

Don’t freak out about the wine in this recipe. It is allowed on the AIP, as long as it cooks off, which it does here. Of course, if you or someone in your house suffers from alcohol addiction, just leave it out.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you will enjoy it.

Closeup of Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles on a plate topped with chopped fresh basil
Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo)

One last thought: if you are just dying for pasta, there is now an AIP pasta on the market!!! It’s by the company Jovial. They make varieties of GF pasta, and now they have come out with an AIP-friendly one made with cassava! Check it out here.

Happy summer, everyone! As always, I’m wishing you love and healing.

💗 ,

Wendi

P.S. For more recipes, check out my two cookbooks (as contributor): AIP by Season, and for speedy meals, 30-Minute Meals for the Paleo/AIP.

Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.comCourse: MainCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes

Mediterranean Chicken Zoodles (AIP/Paleo) are a delicious non-dairy option to chicken alfredo. The sauce is great on regular pasta, too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloins, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine*

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk

  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

  • 1 TBSP arrowroot starch/flour

  • 1/2 cup pitted and halved Kalamata olives

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, loosely packed

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a chef’s pan or large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, garlic, and salt. Saute for 2 minutes. Add white wine, and turn heat to high. Cook until wine has evaporated.
  • Turn heat down to medium low. Add coconut milk to the pan. Stir to combine. Cover. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • When chicken is cooked through, place lemon juice and arrowroot starch in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously to make a slurry. Uncover the pan, and turn heat back up to medium high. Add slurry to the pan, and stir until the sauce thickens. Return heat to medium low.
  • Add olives, spinach, and basil. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Serve over zoodles, or your favorite AIP pasta. (Tip: you don’t need to cook the zoodles! The heat from the sauce will cook them just enough so that they are al dente.)

Notes

  • To make zoodles, you only need a little gadget called a Veggetti. It is perfect for small soft vegetables. To spiralize things like carrots, sweet potatoes or butternut squash, you will need a heavy duty spiralizer.
  • *Wine is ok in an AIP recipe, if cooked off.
  • If you are just dying for regular pasta, there is now an AIP pasta on the market! Check it out here.

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