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Paleo Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe.

A couple weeks ago we had a week separated (gasp!) yes, we do spend SOME time apart!

Carla: stayed home and did the usual. That is: cooked, worked and gymmed.
Emma: flew to steamy Cairns. Enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rain forest, ate a few naughties (oops) and got to the gym a few times (double oops!)

So it’s Emma here…Cairns put on an awesome show! The highlight was definitely snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef (I found several nemo’s!) I think you should all go visit if you haven’t (you won’t regret it).

I would recommend you visit Cairns in the dry season. It is a tad humid in our Summer months (this is the understatement of the year) and the stingers (killer jellyfish) are out and about. I had a near death experience while snorkelling when I thought I was getting stung by the irukandji (aka deadly jellyfish). This was a false alarm – yep they were sea lice! The locals had a good laugh.

Another huge plus was the food. The fruit. Oh. My. Gosh. This is what fruit should taste like. And the seafood! The best barramundi I have ever eaten, with a side of tropical fruit (um yum).

I was lucky enough to visit Paleo Cafe. One of the first paleo eating spots to open in Oz! As the name suggests…everything here is PALEO! I have died and gone to paleo heaven! It was so odd to read a menu where I could eat everything and order something without asking a million questions, swapping this to that and usually ending up with something wrong on my plate! So weird but totally AMMMMAZING!  Not only do they make breakfast, drinkies, lunch and snacks they have a shop filled with all the paleo necessities. Bring on more Paleo Cafes…please and thank you.

A big thanks to the Paleo Cafe staff for looking after our big table!

So all in all, I loved Cairns (even the sea lice didn’t ruin my holiday…haha). I will be back… and am bringing c!

The day I got home, c cooked me up this amazing (almost) paleo creamy chicken + avocado-pesto pasta (to paleo-fy it 100% just use zoodles instead of SlimPasta!).

Best homecoming meal ever.

Always merrymaking

e + c

paleo creamy chicken + avocado-pesto pasta.
Serves 4
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
stuff you need
    for the avocado-pesto
    1. 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
    2. 2 avocados
    3. 1 large bunch of fresh basil leaves
    4. 2 lemons juiced
    5. 2 tbs. coconut oil melted
    6. 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
    7. 1 clove of garlic crushed
    8. salt n pepper to season
    for the 'other part'
    1. 1 onion chopped
    2. 5 rashers of bacon diced
    3. 2 full chicken breasts cut into cubes
    4. 500g sliced button mushrooms.
    5. 2 packets of SlimPasta spaghetti (or jullienned zucchinis)
    6. coconut oil for the pan
    now what
    1. In a food processor whiz all of the ingredients for the avocado-pesto until really smooth and creamy.
    2. Place in the fridge while you prepare the 'other part'.
    3. In a pan on high heat, place the coconut oil and onion. Cook until the onion softens.
    4. Add the bacon and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
    5. Add the chicken and cook for around 8 minutes, turning the chicken pieces to make sure they cook evenly.
    6. Now add the mushrooms and stir through until the mushrooms are soft.
    7. Turn down the heat to medium and add the avocado-pesto, stirring until well combined.
    8. SlimPasta is super easy to cook, drain the contents of the packet and rinse. Then place the pasta in hot water for one minute and then drain again.
    9. Lastly, add the SlimPasta to the chicken avocado-pesto and stir through.
    10. Serve with fresh cracked pepper.
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    Comments 35

    1. Hi ladies! I don’t eat soy and I believe the slim pasta contains soybeans?! Are there any alternatives to use as pasta for this dish! It looks so yummy and I can’t wait to make it!!! 🙂

    2. Hi Maya! The ingredients in slim pasta is konjac vegetable, water and salt! So you should be able to eat it. Just make sure you get the ‘angel hair’ version as some of the others contain corn flour. If you are still worried about using the pasta try kelp noodles or jullienned zucchini! Yum! e & c

    3. Thanks so much! That’s awesome to know!!!! 🙂 I live in California, so where might I be able to purchase the slim pasta! Online or in health food stores, maybe?!

    4. No worries at all! We buy it from our local supermarket. If you can’t find it, check out (here you can buy EVERYTHING!) and use code CZC296 for a 10% discount! 🙂 e & c

    5. Hi Annetta, we don’t count calories and just eat a clean + healthy diet at all times! A serve is around 2-3 big spoonfuls though. We must admit it is hard to not go back for seconds! e & c

    6. I just made this for dinner and it is Deeeeelicious 🙂 Thank you thank you thank you!! I am currently writing down all of your other fabulous looking recipes!! 🙂

    7. There is a Paleo Cafe in DUBBO! 🙂 Yep- Dubbo! It’s called sprout and it is amazing- if you are ever up this way make sure you visit it!

    8. :O :O :O! Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for letting us know! We DEFINITELY need to go and try this place out – sounds absolutely amazing! Road trip here we come! You can get slimpasta from the health food aisle of woolies and coles. Enjoy! e & c

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    10. It’s nearing the end of my first week of a paleo diet, and all I can say is THANK YOU! I’ve been trying a whole heap of your recipes and have loved them all.. I don’t normally comment on blogs but my boyfriend and I have just finished having this amazing pasta for dinner, and I wanted to say thanks for making paleo fun and tasty. Great pictures, helpful information, funny anecdotes and beautiful recipes. Great work girls!

    11. Hi Emma, thank you SO much for your feedback. We LOVE comments like this! Glad you love the pasta – we must admit that this one is definitely one of our favourites 🙂 Keep us updated with any others you make! e & c

    12. Hello! I am making this tonight – cant wait! Quick questions though how many does this serve? thanks!

    13. Hi Erin, woohoo! You will love it! Oh sorry, we left that off! This serves around 4-6 people 🙂 Let us know how you like it! e & c

    14. This was delicious – so creamy anyone would think it had cream in it :), had left overs for dinner the next night as well, and still got one serve left in the freezer!

    15. Hi Erin! That’s great to hear… this really is one of our all time favourite recipes (a weekly staple in the merrymaker household!) AND with leftovers?! Gotta love that! Let us know if you make any others! We have a new ‘pasta’ recipe coming soon, spinach + dill (creamy too as we added avocado!) e & c

    16. We’ve got a Paleo Cafe opening here in Brisbane in 2 days! Can’t wait to try it. Recent initiate to the paleo way of life and thoroughly enjoying it. Loving your blog girls

    17. Hi Amanda! That’s SO exciting! You are so lucky to have opening in your area! We wish we had one down here in Canberra! 🙂 So glad you love the blog… there will be plenty more recipes coming your way! e & c

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    19. OMG the Chicken Pesto Pasta dish is amazing. My husband and I are very picky on what recipes actually make it into OUR recipe book and without hesitation this one was voted “a keeper”. Yum Yum Yum. The only problem is knowing when to stop eating it.

    20. Hi Vicki! So so SO glad to hear that you loved the ‘pasta’ – it’s actually one of our favourites too! We have it almost every week! Seconds + thirds are always so tempting, so we try to divide it into leftovers before we have a chance to go back for more ;)! Enjoy trying out more recipes!

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    25. Loved this dish. Easy to make. Used sweet potato noodles and it was delicious. Thank you. Your recipes are fantastic.

    26. Hi Melinda! Fantastic! This is one of our all time favourite recipes… EVER! 😀 Hehe! It is so yummy! Thank you for the lovely feedback 🙂 e + c

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