Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sliced Almonds and Garlic Chips {GF, DF}

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sliced Almonds and Garlic Chips {GF, DF}

Pesto chicken pasta makes for the perfect quick 30 minute weeknight dinner. Dairy Free recipe with a creamy coconut milk based sauce plus extra flavors of toasted almonds, fried garlic chips and fresh herbs. Gluten-Free too.

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Pesto chicken pasta is my go to pasta recipe. I mean it makes sense right? I can’t have pesto in my blog title without being a die hard fan. I’ve never love a rich bolognese tomato meat based sauce and for years that all I knew. And then I discovered pesto. And then I discovered home made pesto.

Since then it’s been pesto chicken pasta for me all along. But I wanted more than just a pesto centric sauce – I wanted it to be creamy as well.

Coconut milk to the rescue. Since I started feeling way better after cutting dairy out of my diet I needed to come up with some seriously creative ways to imitate that silky creamy dairy like quality.

Coconut milk has never let me down. While some people might be uber sensitive to the coconut flavor and proclaim that coconut milk totally overwhelms their taste buds in a dish –> for me this is not the case. While I’m not a huge fan of coconut flavored desserts, coconut milk in savory recipes works perfectly if you ask me.

And so this pesto chicken pasta recipe is made with shredded rotisserie chicken, almonds, fried garlic, pesto, coconut milk and fresh herbs.

With a full home made batch of vegan pesto, this pesto chicken pasta is simply magical.

Perfection is all I need to say.

The silky smooth velvety herb infused sauce gets just the right amount of crunch from the toasted almonds and pan fried garlic chips.

Have you had garlic chips before? You’ve got to. They are down right incredible. Like miniature sized chips but with a hint of garlic.

I kid you not — I try to add these to just about everything (pasta, salads, you name it).

And they don’t need to be deep fried.

Just a shallow fry in some olive oil, which then get’s infused with the garlicky scent and is reused for cooking all the other ingredients.

Brilliant right?

To make this pesto chicken pasta recipe vegan just use veggies in place of the chicken. I have made this recipe with thinly sliced zucchini and chickpeas instead of the chicken for a vegetarian in my group and he loved it!

For another vegan and gluten free pasta recipe be sure to check out my Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Caramelized Squash and Red Onions  – you simply won’t believe that cauliflower can be the base of a creamy, healthy and delicious pasta sauce!

So if you’re looking for a pesto chicken pasta that is creamy yet also dairy free coconut milk is the way to go. Don’t skimp on the toasted almonds and fried garlic chips either — they all go together perfectly.

Liked this pesto chicken pasta and looking for more 30 minute weeknight pasta recipes? Check out these:

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