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Healthy Whole30 chicken alfredo with spaghetti squash in a skillet topped with parsley

Healthy Chicken Alfredo (Paleo, Whole30, Dairy Free)

A rich and creamy chicken alfredo made with a dairy-free cashew alfredo sauce and tender spaghetti squash "noodles." Shockingly good.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword alfredo, chicken, healthy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 489 kcal

Ingredients

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 3/4-1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Healthy Chicken Alfredo

  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 28 ounces cooked spaghetti squash from about 1 large spaghetti squash
  • fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

Make the chicken:

  1. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with plenty of salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil over medium-high heat, then carefully add chicken breasts to pan. Cook 8-9 minutes total for medium chicken breasts and 9-10 minutes for large chicken breasts, flipping once in between cooking time. Add a little more oil to pan if necessary.
  2. When cooked through, remove from pan and let rest 5 minutes. Then slices into strips against the grain.

Make the dairy-free alfredo sauce:

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until completely smooth and hot. If your blender does not heat contents, transfer sauce to saucepan and heat over low heat.

Assemble the healthy chicken alfredo:

  1. Heat the spaghetti squash through, either in the microwave or in a large skillet, then top with the dairy-free alfredo sauce and sliced chicken. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and more freshly cracked black pepper.

Recipe Notes

To make spaghetti squash:

Halve your spaghetti squash and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Discard seeds. Place spaghetti squash halves on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan. Add a little water if you like, about 1/2 cup, to help steam the squash. Roast at 400ยบ F for 30-45 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then use a fork to gently scrape the flesh out of the skins, separating the flesh into strands or "spaghetti."

For more information on preparing spaghetti squash, read this article.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chicken Alfredo (Paleo, Whole30, Dairy Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1035mg45%
Potassium 964mg28%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.