This paleo chicken alfredo recipe goes way back! I initially came up with this recipe probably eight years ago after first getting into paleo when I was really struggling to come up with recipe ideas that still excited me just as much as the food I used to eat. By the way, my diet used to be atrocious. All my high school friends will remember that I drank Pepsi and ate chips all day long and that was pretty much my nutrition.
So as you can imagine, once I started down the path of cleaning up my diet, my highest priority was basically replicating all the same rich but yet not nourishing food that I was eating.
It led me to coin the term “paleo bar food” which is still something I like to joke about these days. The concept is basically taking all the junk food that I used to love and healthifying it. Or paleofy it as I like to say.
Here are some other examples of foods that I have created healthy alternatives to:
French fries – use either sweet potatoes or you can still use white potatoes but fry them in good quality pork or beef lard. I know it sounds gross, but if you make the lard from scratch [I will share a recipe for that later], you can make it super clean and mostly tasteless. Whatever you do, don’t buy vegetable based lard from the grocery store which is basically just hydrogenated vegetable oils and is very inflammatory.
Chicken wings – same thing with these ones, you can deep fry them in pork or beef lard or you can bake them in the oven and get them super crispy by blasting them with heat at the end. You can also make a really delicious and healthy wing sauce out of things like coconut aminos, honey and garlic.
Paleo baking – pretty much anything you can make with white flour, you can find alternatives such as cassava flour, tiger nut flour, coconut flour or almond flour. I’m talking muffins, cookies, pancakes, waffles, scones, and even bread.
Dessert – similar to baking, you can make so many different dessert recipes from healthy ingredients. You just have to get creative or Google a healthy alternative to the recipe you would usually make. For example, if you love to make a chocolate cake, you can Google “paleo chocolate cake recipe”. Another example is my gluten free dairy free eggnog cheesecake recipe.
Pizza – you can create a pizza crust with cassava flour and then instead of regular cheese you can top it with really nice cashew cheese or any other dairy free alternative. Of course it will never melt the same, but it tastes just as delicious. On that note, you can check out my gluten free, dairy free pepperoni mushroom pizza recipe.
Potato chips – for these you can still use white potatoes but you can deep fry them in pork or beef lard. You can also use sweet potatoes and it will even work with other vegetables such as zucchini. You can even bake them if you don’t want them to be as greasy. They still come out delicious and satisfy that crunch and salt craving.
This paleo chicken alfredo recipe that I am about to share was born from my deep love of chicken alfredo. But, without the wheat based pasta or dairy filled pasta sauce, it just didn’t fit in my diet anymore. I knew there had to be a way so one day I sat down with a classic chicken alfredo recipe and brainstormed about alternatives.
Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta and also works really well with tomato/meat sauces.
Cashews are a fantastic alternative to dairy based cream sauces. You need to have a decent blender or food processor and you are off to the races. I also use coconut cream instead of actual milk to help make it super creamy.
When it comes to food processors, I tend to like to break mine a lot so I didn’t want to go for anything super high quality but I wanted something that would be powerful enough to handle everything that I was making. And let me tell you, on the paleo diet you are going to be using your food processor a lot!
I have the ninja blender/food processor and it works great. It also won’t break your budget which is really nice. It also comes with two smoothie containers that make it really easy to blend your smoothie and take it to go.
I hope you enjoy my paleo chicken alfredo recipe! If you make it, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Paleo chicken alfredo recipe
- Food processor
- 4 chicken breasts
- 3 cups roasted salted cashews
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- 4 fresh garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half and place it face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Put whole chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roast both spaghetti squash and chicken in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Blend all remaining ingredients in your blender or food processor until smooth.
- Because the sauce isn’t heated, you can throw the sauce into a pot to warm it up slightly if you want to.
- Scrape out the cooked spaghetti squash into a large bowl and pour the sauce on top and mix thoroughly.
- Serve with sliced up roasted chicken breast and chives for garnish if desired
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.