chicken cilantro lentil pasta

Updated: Sep 10, 2019


Sometimes I just crave a good pasta dish - does anyone else feel the same? Being gluten-free I do stay away from a lot of the typical pastas that are on the market that are made with processed grains, or even whole grains, due to the fact that I'm sensitive to those types (and if I'm being honest, they provide little nutritional value compared to some others). BUT I'm here to tell you that there are great alternatives out there so you don't have to give up pasta when looking to make some healthier changes! Some ideas are spaghetti squash, zucchini pasta, chickpea pasta or one of my personal favorites, lentil pasta! It tastes EXACTLY like any other regular pasta and is packed with tons of healthy protein and fiber to keep you feeling full after a meal.

This recipe is really easy to make and is full of so many amazing flavors!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 large chicken breast (organic and pasture-raised if possible)

  • 1 box of lentil pasta (or pasta of choice)

  • 1 of your favorite beers (to soak the chicken in - so delicious!) - I will use GF Omission usually!

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • cherry tomatoes

  • chopped onion

  • chopped garlic

  • chopped bell pepper

  • chopped cilantro

  • salt + pepper

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, place the chicken breasts and pour your preferred beer over the top and let them soak for 10 minutes to gather the flavor.

  • Boil a small pot of water, and when at the boiling point, toss in the box of pasta. Stir every few minutes until fully cooked.

  • After the 10 minutes, drain the bowl with the chicken and cut the chicken up into small pieces.

  • In a medium skillet using the extra virgin olive oil over a medium heat, put the chicken slices in the center and start to cook. Slowly add in the tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, garlic and s+p and stir together until everything is fully cooked.

  • Using a strainer, pour the pasta into it over the sink to remove all liquid. Pour the pasta into the medium skillet with the rest of the chicken and vegetables and stir to even out all of the flavor.

  • Add some ghee or some more extra virgin olive oil to create a creamier taste.

  • Top off with some avocado, or chopped cilantro.

  • Enjoy!!!

xoxo,

Kell

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