Lean and Green Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken

OPTAVIA Counts:
  • 1
    Lean
  • 3
    Green
  • 1
    Healthy Fat
  • 3
    Condiment
Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken
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Who doesn't love fresh, sweet tomatoes, heaping helping of zucchini and fresh basil! This Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken is amazing alternative to heavier pastas or spaghetti, plus you still get all those flavors!

Do you love to dine on
Italian
food every night? Prepare this lean and green
Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken
recipe and you'll be creating a
Italian
meal that is both delicious and on plan!

Difficulty
Medium
Servings
4
Cooking Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes

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Lean & Green Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup(s) Low Calorie Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup(s) Fresh Basil Chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) Parmesan Cheese Halved
  • 1/3 oz Pine Nuts
  • 1 pt Cooking spray
  • 2 large Zucchini
  • 1 1/2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 2 cup(s) Cherry Tomatoes Halved
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Lean & Green Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken Instructions

  1. To make pesto, combine the salad dressing, basil, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. In a lightly greased skillet over medium heat, cook zucchini noodles until just tender about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pesto and remaining Parmesan cheese, then remove from heat.
  3. Add tomatoes, top with grilled chicken, and garnish with crushed red pepper flakes.

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