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Curl up with cozy butternut squash noodles with chicken for a healthy comfort food fest! Who knew comfort food could be good for you?
If you would have told me a couple of years ago that I’d be all over butternut squash noodles, I’d have never believed it.
It would have been too “out there” for me.
Just give me the real stuff!
However, I realized that I had to open my mind and be willing to try things if I wanted to stop feeling controlled by foods. By doing that, my world would open up to fresh new flavors, tastes, and experiences. That is part of the fork freedom philosophy—realizing that healthier foods can blow your mind. This butternut squash noodle recipe with chicken is a prime example!
Replacing habits is critical to breaking free from compulsive eating. The new habits will be uncomfortable at first but I promise, you will get to a point where they become second nature.
If you are new to making butternut squash noodles with chicken or cashew sauce, don’t worry, I’m here to help!
how to make butternut squash noodles
First, if you need convenience, butternut squash noodles can be purchased already in spiralized at most grocery stores. With that said, they do hike up the price so I like to make mine at home (and it really doesn’t take long).
It helps to have a spiralizer to make noodles out of butternut squash, zucchini or anything else. If you don’t have one, you can purchase through amazon and they’re fairly inexpensive. They really help if you want to increase your veggie intake and get creative with food!
If you don’t have a spiralizer, no worries, you can use a regular peeler and peel the butternut squash into strips (which will resemble tagliatelle pasta)! You will get a little bit of an arm workout but who doesn’t want stronger biceps?
It’s critical to season the squash well. I’ve had butternut squash noodles before that I didn’t care for because of how they were cooked and seasoned (or lack there of). Don’t be shy with sea salt and fresh black pepper.
how to make cream sauce using cashews
I’m currently not eating dairy because I suspect my body doesn’t process it well so I’m doing a little experiment.
The good news is that cashew sauce is a fantastic substitute for a cream sauce. Again, that may not be familiar to you but it’s so easy.
I like to make a batch and keep it in the fridge. Then, any time I need a non-dairy cream, it’s available.
To make cashew cream, simply soak cashews for about an hour to soften them. Add water, cashews, 2 cloves of garlic and sea salt to a high-powered blender or food processor. I use a Ninja. Blend until it’s a smooth consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally. That’s it—easy breezy lemon squeezy!
Now that you have cashew sauce and butternut squash noodles, it’s simple to put everything together in ONE pan.
how to make butternut squash noodles with chicken
While the chicken is cooking you can make the cream sauce by combining cashew sauce, chicken bone broth (or regular chicken broth), nutritional yeast and seasoning.
If you’re unfamiliar with nutritional yeast, it’s a common vegan cheese substitute and has a nutty, cheesy, and savory flavor. You can pick it up in most grocery stores or on amazon.
Once chicken is cooked (4-5 minutes, depending on how small the pieces), remove the chicken. Add the butternut squash noodles and fresh spinach. The fresh spinach is optional but a great way to get extra nutrients! It’s flavorless so why not?
Season and cook the butternut squash until it softens, maybe 5 minutes (not too much—I think it works best al dente).
Once squash has reached your desired firmness, add the sauce and chicken. Add more salt or pepper if necessary. Stir until everything is combined and take off heat.
Serve with fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon, grated parmesan cheese or ground black pepper.
other pasta recipes you may like
- chicken sausage penne in easy tomato sauce
- turkey bolognese
- easy zucchini shrimp scampi
- best meatballs ever
other whole30/paleo recipes you make like
- copycat in-N-out burger (whole30, paleo)
- bacon cheeseburger soup
- Korean beef lettuce wraps
- skillet chicken with tomato basil ragu
what if you could…
enjoy desserts without feeling guilty afterward?
4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories448
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 5.8g 24%
- Sugars 7.6g
- Protein 39g 78%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.