It’s time for another summery zucchini recipe and this time it’s fresh pesto zucchini noodles with roasted tomatoes and grilled chicken! Ever since I came across the idea of zucchini noodles I have been a little obsessed with them! I mean what’s not to like about them? They behave just like spaghetti noodles and they are lighter and healthier! This recipe could not be easier, you simply roast the tomatoes, grill the chicken, slice the zucchini into noodles and then toss it all in a fresh homemade basil pesto! In addition to being nice and light and healthy, this dish is pure summer in a bowl with the juicy roasted tomatoes bursting in your mouth balancing off the creamy pesto. The zucchini noodles can be served cool making this dish perfect for hot summer days!
Omit the chicken for a vegetarian version.
Feel free to serve the tomatoes fresh rather than roasting them!
Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken
A light and tasty summery zucchini noodle pasta tossed in fresh basil pesto with roasted tomatoes and grilled chicken.
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 tablespoon oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 4 medium zucchini, sliced into noodles
- 1/2 cup basil pesto
- Toss the tomatoes in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until they start to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, grill it over medium-high heat, about 3-5 minutes per side, before setting aside to rest and slicing it.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the zucchini noodles and cook until just tender, about 1-2 minutes, stirring.
- Toss the zucchini noodles, tomatoes and chicken in the pesto and enjoy!
Option: Use fresh tomatoes instead of roasted tomatoes.
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We are not Martha says
What a perfect summer meal! I want to make a big batch and eat it on my deck 🙂 Can summer last forever??
Heather Christo says
Gorgeous Kevin, this is going on my meal plan for next week 🙂
Julie @ Table for Two says
Great way to use up that fresh summer produce!!
I love zucchini noodles!
This look fantastic! Great recipe!!
making it tonight…thanks
Cregan Massey says
Kevin, this is amazing and it looks extremely healthy. Definitely making this dish in a week or two. I'm currently trying to shed off some weight, and this should definitely be on the menu!
Ali Maffucci says
Couldn't love this more! Great use of zucchini noodles!
Leo Sigh says
This looks amazing. And I'm vegan so definitely wouldn't eat the chicken, but it still would be fabulous either completely without or even something like vegetarian sausage added to it. Thanks for this. So colorful too 🙂
Kevin, This was off the charts delicious! Added toasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese as I saw them in your beautiful photo. Thanks once again!!!!
Gaby Dalkin says
Love all the fabulous summer ingredients!! I need this right now!
Hey Kevin , this looks really good, i have been looking around on other blogs, and it seems that zucchini is on the menu everywhere.
Once again I am really loving the images , you have a good eye
Leo Sigh: This would be great without the chicken as well!
Tried this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious. My husband put it on the list to try again. Thank you for the recipe 🙂
Wow, this looks so delicious ???? I have to try it..
How am i doin zucchini noodles?
William Clay says
Looks great. Im going to serve this as a side at my next bbq. (Without the chicken as that tends to be covered in bbq sauce!)
This was wonderful! Thank you!
Will this freeze? I'd like to make it ahead for a party and pop into the freezer- yay or nay?
Unknown: You can freeze it and it will taste fine but the texture won't be the same…
How do you make "noodles" without _another_ kitchen gadget.
Mrsbrite: You can slice the zucchini with a knife, use a mandoline or peeler and a knife.
Nicole Buchheit says
Made this tonight and oh my gosh that is amazing! I used my spializer to get the zucchini into noodles quickly, and my whole family loved it. Even my picky 16-month-old couldn't get enough!
Nicole Buchheit: I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Hello, I’m going to make this tomorrow but I’m not exactly sure what “pan” the zoodles go into (?) Same pan with the tomatoes oil & juices? Those instructions weren’t clear. Please help. Thank you
The zucchini noodles can be cooked in any pan. I have clarified the recipe. Enjoy!