You would never guess that this Healthy Tuscan Chicken is paleo, low-carb, and whole30! It's a super flavorful one-pot dinner with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and a dairy-free alfredo-inspired cream sauce. Serve over zucchini noodles to transform it into a to-die-for pasta dish.
Pinchor 2 or Ground Red Pepperadd more if you want it spicy
2tablespoonNutritional Yeastadds a "cheesy" taste
¼teaspoonXanthan GumOR 1 tablespoon tapioca or arrowroot mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water
Add all of the sauce ingredients EXCEPT the xanthan gum or tapioca to a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
Once heated, add the chicken and cook on both sides for 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Do not overcrowd the skillet, cook in batches if needed. Set aside and cover with foil to keep warm.
In the same pan, add additional oil if needed (I didn't need to add any) and add the garlic. Cook for 15 to 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant - being careful not to let it burn!
Stir in the sauce and heat over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Add the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Allow to simmer until spinach is wilted and tomatoes are softened. Very slowly sprinkle in the xanthan gum (do not dump it in or it will clump!) or starch mixture while stirring constantly to thicken. Taste and add more salt if needed.
Chicken can be stored in the fridge for 3 -5 days separately from the zucchini noodles. The zucchini noodles are best eaten the same day
I highly recommend using chicken thighs to tenderloins instead of chicken breasts. If using chicken breasts, cut them in half. If the halves are extra-thick, cover the chicken with plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a mallet, pound them until they are no more than 1 inch thick.
Nutrition info does not include the zucchini noodles.
For the coconut cream, place a can of full-fat canned coconut milk in the fridge for 24 hours. Then, scoop out the coagulated cream. I only recommend Sprouts, Native Forest, and Thai Kitchen brands because others may not separate well or leave an aftertaste.
If you're not dairy-free, feel free to replace the coconut cream with heavy whipping cream and the nutritional yeast with ¼ cup grated parmesan.
The main source of carbs in this recipe is sun-dried tomatoes, so to make it lower-carb and keto, you can simply reduce the sun-dried tomatoes.
Be sure to drain the sun-dried tomatoes really well or the sauce will be oily.
This recipe was slightly updated in July 2021 to use coconut cream instead of blended raw cashews for a creamier sauce.