AnJenette Afridi, MA, ERYT-500, is the Creator of INHALE EXHALE SMILE℠ Meditation and Mindfulness Targeted Skills-Based Training for Kids, Teens, Adults, Parents, Seniors, and Business Leaders.


Pistachio pesto, zucchini noodles, and tender chicken combine to create one incredible “pasta” dish. Every forkful is full flavored with great texture and one plate is sure to fill you up without those unnecessary carbs. The pesto is certainly the star of this dish. It is fresh, a touch minty, has a peppery note from the arugula, the pungent aroma of garlic comes through nicely and the pistachios bring their distinctive rich buttery taste.


Serves 2

  • Olive oil
  • 1 free-range boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed
  • ½ cup fresh mint, packed
  • 1/3 cup arugula
  • 1 cup shelled and unsalted pistachios
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 4 cups of zucchini noodles


  1. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high.
  2. Add the cubed chicken and season with a generous pinch of salt and black pepper.
  3. Cook while stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is opaque and juices run clear.
  4. Transfer to a platter and set aside.
  5. Add the basil to a food processor along with the mint, arugula, and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  6. Pulse a few times to combine the herbs.
  7. Add the pistachios and garlic.
  8. Pulse a few more times.
  9. Run the food processor as you deliver a steady stream of olive oil. Stop when the pesto is smooth. You will need a little more than half a cup of oil.
  10. Season the pesto to taste with salt and black pepper.
  11. Drizzle another tablespoon of oil into the same skillet used to cook the chicken and heat over medium.
  12. Add the zucchini noodles and sauté for 3 minutes or until tender.
  13. Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon in the pesto as you stir.
  14. Plate, serve, enjoy!



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