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Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta

6 servings Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 35 min

This super flavorful pasta dish is warm and comforting for a cold winter night but will also give you a bright, fresh taste of spring. 

I know many of you have reached out about nightshades and pesto can be a great option when you want to avoid tomatoes. For this recipe, simply leave out the optional chili pepper to make it nightshade-free. 

You can also customize this recipe with whatever noodles you prefer; I used a combination of buckwheat and zucchini noodles but you could also try some Miracle Noodles or another type of vegetable noodle you like. 

Basil is a cornerstone of traditional pesto. It contains a variety of antioxidants along with nutrients and phytochemicals that give it anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, cancer fighting, and stress reducing properties, so it’s a great herb to enjoy freely. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. 

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Easy Healthy Recipe


Noodles & Veggies

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 9 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, trimmed of excess fat and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup white onion, finely diced
  • 1 ½ cups cooking liquid such as bone broth or water
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
  • 4 large zucchini, spiralized into noodles or ribboned with a peeler
  • ⅓ chili pepper, thinly sliced (optional - I used a fresno chili)
  • 6 ounces buckwheat soba noodles


  • 3 ounces basil leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup nuts, such as almonds or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Optional Garnish

  • Sprinkle of sliced raw almonds


Step 1 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Place a large pan over medium heat and warm the avocado oil. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes.

Step 2 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Add the diced onion to the chicken and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 3 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Pour the liquid of choice into the pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 4 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Meanwhile, make the pesto sauce by combining all of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until a very thick pesto is created, avoid over processing (you want the nuts to keep some texture). When the pesto is ready, transfer into a container and chill in the fridge.

Step 5 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Once the chicken has cooked for 10 minutes, remove the cover and allow the liquids to evaporate a bit while preparing the soba noodles. Bring a pot filled with water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the soba noodles, cook according to package directions and drain.

Step 6 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Once the chicken liquids have reduced, add the coconut milk to the pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 7 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 7

Add the asparagus to the chicken, stir, then add the pesto and stir. Simmer for 2 minutes before adding the zucchini noodles, and chili (if using). Toss together.

Step 8 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 8

Gently incorporate soba noodles.

Step 9 Garden Pesto Chicken Pasta Healthy Recipe

Step 9

Serve in individual bowls and top with sliced almonds, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 521, Total Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol:121mg, Sodium: 700mg, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 8g, Protein: 40g, Net Carbs: 29g

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