Let’s make a creamy Whole30 pasta sauce!
We have officially entered the time of year where I want my dinners to be warm, cozy and filling. When I think of a filling winter meal my brain immediately goes to pasta, but I wanted to take a Whole30 spin on that concept. This creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce gives all the flavor and comfort of a cheesy, creamy pasta sauce, but without any of the dairy.
This Whole30, paleo, and dairy-free sauce is not only delicious and comforting but also very easy to put together. The creamy part of this creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce comes from cashews. The creamy cashew sauce that you will add to this recipe can be used to make many cheesy and creamy dairy-free sauces.
I am starting to think that any meal made with shredded chicken is better than regular chicken. This creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce recipe uses the basic principle of boiling chicken in a sauce and then shredding it and returning it to the sauce. Using this method you are left with super tender pieces of chicken that shred easily and a flavorful sauce.
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Who doesn’t love a creamy pasta sauce?
As you can imagine, we ate this recipe quite a few times in my house while I was testing it for the blog. The first time had this creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce on bowtie noodles. The next time I tried it on zoodles so that I could make a full Whole30 meal.
Since then I have had the sauce with different types of pasta and roasted potatoes. All of this to say that no matter what you pair this sauce with, it is a delicious combo! I even had a bowl of the creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce alone after a workout when I was hangry and it was perfect.
If you want to enjoy this creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce with zoodles, I suggest undercooking the zoodles slightly. I sautee mine in a large pan or wok in a little bit of oil until they are just starting to get soft. Then I pour the hot pasta sauce on top of the warm zoodles.
What kitchen tools and ingredients will I need to make this Whole30 recipe?
Grab a few simple kitchen tools and basic ingredients to make this creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce. You will need a blender to make the cream sauce and a large heavy bottom pan for cooking the sauce and chicken. Then, you will also need some forks and a plate for shredding the chicken.
Grab a few basic ingredients you will need for this creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce. To make the creamy cashew sauce you will need raw cashews, water, lemon juice, and salt. Then you will move on to the shredded chicken in marinara.
You will need two boneless skinless chicken breasts, some chicken broth, marinara sauce, and salt. If you are on the Whole30, you will need to be sure that the marinara sauce and chicken broth are Whole30 compliant. I like this marinara and the chicken bone broth from Pacific Foods.
Step 1: Soak the cashews
To make this creamy shredded chicken pasta sauce, start by soaking raw cashews in water for at least 12 hours. If you have less time, you can soak them for at least 2 hours in boiling water. Then, prepare the cashew cream by draining the raw cashews and rinsing.
Step 2: Make the Cream Sauce and Poach the Chicken
Add the cashews to a high-speed blender with water, 1/2 tsp salt, and lemon juice. Blend until a thick, smooth cream sauce remains and set the cream sauce aside until later. Next, add marinara, chicken broth, and salt to a large thick bottom pot like a dutch oven.
Then, mix broth, salt, and marinara together and add chicken breasts to the pot and cover the breasts with some of the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the liquid boils, reduce to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid. Then, allow the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes and then turn off the heat.
Step 3: Shred the Chicken and Mix in the Cream Sauce
Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and shred the breasts with 2 forks. Add the shredded chicken back into the sauce in the pot along with the cream sauce you prepared earlier. Increase heat to medium-low and mix until a smooth creamy sauce remains.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Enjoy the creamy chicken pasta sauce immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep reading for the full recipe. If you make this healthy, creamy, and delicious sauce, please let me know in the comments or on my Instagram.