Spicy Thai Pesto Chicken Noodle Bowls! These gluten free noodle bowls are delicious and easy to make! The Thai basil pesto brings a kick of flavor and a dose of Healthy antioxidants! A dairy free dinner that’s ready in less than 45 minutes and great for a hungry crew!
There are two types of people in this world.. er.. food world. Those who LOVE pesto and those who don’t. If you don’t love pesto, hang tight, because I just might convince you. On the other hand, almost EVERYONE I know loves pasta or noodles or. I mean, who wouldn’t? Noodles make eating more fun and they go with just about everything; bonus if they are gluten free noodle bowls, right? That being said, I have a tasty Thai/Italian chicken gluten free noodle recipe today that will definitely make you LOVE pesto. Yep, Thai Basil Pesto Chicken Gluten Free Noodle bowls! Say that three times fast!
We love noodles for their willingness to adapt, but honestly, it’s the TYPE of noodle/pasta that is KEY, don’t you think? Thick, thin, short, long, rice, bean. You get my point. And, well, Explore Asian’s gluten free brown rice noodles and bean pasta are pretty much “on point” for adapting to flavors. Yes, pun intended.. naturally.
Are you tired of me talking about noodles yet? I hope not, I have so much more to gush about… alongside this spicy thai pesto. Swoon!
Okay, so about these noodles/bean pasta. We love them and actually have been using them for YEARS! In fact, they were a staple in my husband’s diet when we was training for Ironman New Zealand earlier this year. I had to get recovery meals on the table FAST! I mean, this guy was training 40 hours a week, he ate like a horse. As a wife and Nutrition Specialist, I was glad that Explore Asian bean and brown rice noodles were quick to make and a healthy gluten free or grain free carb source we could rely on! Nothing else added, just pure wholesome ingredients. Explore Asian bean noodles also provided an awesome source of plant protein just when we (he) needed it for proper post workout recovery. The black bean and edamame pasta have about 25 grams of protein per serving! That’s impressive!
Plus I adore the fact that Explore Asian buys directly from organic farmers in Thailand. Ya, that definitely gets bonus points in my book. Oh, and the never get soggy! PRAISE THE GLUTEN FREE NOODLE GODS!
But here’s the thing, and where I’m going with this noodles galore post. Once you find the right noodle/bean pasta, the rest of the ingredients can be left up to your imagination, or to your nutritional needs, or to your cravings!
Hence my Thai Pesto Chicken Gluten Free Noodle Bowls! Extra spicy please.Print
Spicy Thai Pesto Chicken Gluten Free Noodle Bowls
- Total Time: 30 min
- Yield: 4-5 1x
Spicy Thai Pesto Chicken Noodle Bowls! These gluten free noodle bowls are delicious and easy to make! The thai pesto brings a kick of flavor and a dose of Healthy antioxidants! A dairy free dinner that’s ready in less than 45 minutes.
THAI PESTO Ingredients
- 1–2 cups thai basil leaves
- ⅓ cup tahini paste (see notes for alternative)
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- 2 garlic peeled
- ½ tbsp Chili Pepper Flakes
- ⅓ cup olive or avocado oil
- 1 tsp or less of lemon juices
- sea salt/pepper to taste
- optional pinch of ground ginger
FOR THE CHICKEN NOODLES
- 1 Pack (8oz) of Rice Pad Thai Noodles (Explore Asian)
- sea salt
- 10–12 ounces of chicken breast (usually 2 breast work great)
- 3–4 tablespoon sesame oil (additional tablespoon for noodles)
- 2– 3 tablespoon tamari or gluten free soy sauce
- ½ tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
- 2 cups sliced mushroom
- Chili pepper topping
For the pesto:
- Clean your Basil and gently dry with towel.
- Place your basil, garlic, and walnuts in a food processor. Grind and slowly add in your tamari and oil while it’s still mixing/processing.
- Add in your chili pepper, pepper, salt, ginger, and lemon, and continue to grind or churn in the food processor until smooth and creamy. This will make about ½ to ⅔ cups pesto
- Spoon into a bowl and set aside.
For the chicken and noodles:
- First cook the noodles according to the package (boil with water and salt for 4-5 minutes) then drain and run under cold water. Set aside or back on the stove on low with a little oil added, maybe just a tbsp.
- Next, slice your chicken into strips. Place chicken sesame oil, tamari, and garlic in a large frying pan. Stir fry for a few minutes and then add in your mushrooms.
- Keep on medium to medium high heat until chicken and mushrooms are thoroughly cooked.Feel free to add in more oil or tamari if needed.
- Next you can combine all your ingredients together in one dish or layer them into one big bowl (as seen in picture above). Just be sure to toss all together before serving into individual bowls.
- Garnish with extra chili pepper, basil, and/or garlic/pepper if desired.
If you don’t have tahini, you can use cashew butter.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Asian
What’s so special about this Thai Pesto? Well.. THAI BASIL OF COURSE; and the superfood ingredients I added to make it!
Thai basil is bolder and slightly spicier than any other kind of basil!
But what I like most about Thai Basil is it’s health benefits. Did you know this basil is actually called the “better basil” because of it’s magical powers?
Yep, it’s PACKED with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties! Plus, it’s said to have certain beneficial compounds that help reduce stress and anxiety. I’ll eat a bowl of Thai basil pesto and noodles right now then PLEASE! (more benefits of basil here).
So you see, these gluten free noodles by Explore Asia are quite magical. They can take almost any ingredient and help turn it into one healthy tasty dish in NO TIME! Tried and tested and Cotter approved.
Check out Explore Asia’s new protein-based bean pasta at Whole Foods, Costco and Fairway stores! You can also see there gluten free noodles and other products online as well at www.explore-asian.com.
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Ever tried Thai Basil or bean pasta?
Cheers to spicy pesto and gluten free noodle bowls!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Explore Asian.
I just recently picked up a bag of edamame pasta for the first time. I was actually looking for black bean, but the store ran out so I found a great alternative. I haven’t tried it yet, but I was also very impressed with the amount of protein in the product!
Cassie @ Almost getting it together
I am looking forward to making this either while I’m home in Pittsburgh or when I get back – it looks like everything I’ve been craving!
keep me posted! let me know what you think of the tahini pesto
Jill @ Champagne for everyday
I LOVE noodle bowls – healthy and satisfying. I also love pesto, and this recipe is a must-try. Thank you for sharing!
yay! noodle bowls are the best, agreed!
I’m Team Pesto all the way. In fact, I’ve got a huge stash in my freezer right now. 🙂
YEA! I knew i loved you even more!
Cara's Healthy Cravings
Thai pesto, Amazing! I love it when you make recipes “for me!”
I can’t wait to try this pesto. Thanks for sharing.
i can’t wait to you try it! i need honest feedback
Cara's Healthy Cravings
I’m here for ya girl, stay tuned!
p.s. I have no doubt it will be delish.
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
This looks delicious, especially that pesto!
Thanks my fellow pesto lover!
Oh my goodness, this is a masterpiece Lindsay! I love so much about the flavor you created here. The photos are just beautiful. Sharing everywhere!
thank you friend. You are my inspiration! always!
you are too good to me! <3
We used to get Thai basil all the time in our CSA basket. I love it!! It is SO GOOD to make pesto with!!!
And these noodle bowls look amazing!
oh man, I need your CSA basket! haha
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
Oh my gosh pesto AND thai flavors?! You had me at pesto but then you go ahead and throw in some thai flavors. Holy moly. Lindsay you never seize to amaze me.
well that’s how I feel about YOU! <3 Mwah! amazing you!
meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles
Ohh this looks good. I wasn’t ever a pesto fan until I got older and tried new things to learn I could like it! lol
So funny how that happens!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Are you spying on me? Vegas and I were just talking about our love of pesto. I have a feeling this is in our future!
i’m always spying on you!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan
So here’s the odd thing – I adore pesto but am not so gaga over noodles – they are hard to swallow – but darn it lady – this recipe might just make them more enjoyable!
have you tried zoodles yet? or maybe this spaghetti squash?
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Thai pesto sounds bomb! This is such a fantastic recipe…I’d eat this…everyday! <3
chicken pesto just for you! 😉
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
YOU HAD ME AT PESTO.
Team pesto, all the way! I’m embarrassed at how much pesto I like on my pasta.
I make a Thai dish once a week- totally adding this into the rotation! Pinned for later 🙂
oh yay! keep me posted!
Bean pasta? Love it! Pesto? LOVE it even more!!! Craving a big ‘ol bowl of this at 6 am!!!
YEA! it’s soo good anytime of day! breakfast included!
rAchel @ Athletic avocado
seriously thai pesto!??? like what!? amazingness! I would love to put this pesto chicken on zucchini noodles which would be absolute perfection 🙂
oh yes! zoodles are on my list with this next!
Even though I’m already a pesto lover, this recipe makes me love it even more! YUM!
yea! me too Liz
Tahini in the thai basil sauce sounds so interesting! I’ve never thought of using it in pesto before but I bet it’d be great! Have a good weekend!!
it was tasty! still creamy though, you know? and savoy! let me know if you try!
Taylor @ food faith fitness
Love this change of scenery! It’s all cookies and baking most of this month, so I am loving to see a little change up! 🙂 I love the pesto kick to this pasta dish and could soooooo dip my face into this right now!
Susie @ Suzlyfe
I love anything with Thai basil. And spicy. ZOMG I’ll have to figure out a way to make it less oily, but DAMN girl
All 3 of my boys have loved pesto since they were infants, and it’s still one of their absolute favorites. Your Thai version sounds incredible!!! What a delicious dinner. Mmmmmm….
haha yay! i love your boys! although do they like spicy? cause this is kinda spicy. If you try it, maybe less chili pepper flakes?
Megan @ skinny fitalicious
I am a pesto lover! I can’t say I feel the same about noodles. I can’t remember the last time I ate anything pasta. It’s always hurt my stomach so I stay away. 🙁
have you added beans back in? I love their bean pasta for digestion. It’s pretty easy on the gut.
Michele @ paleorunnningmomma
No need to sell me on pesto since I’m definitely a fan! This looks so fantastic 🙂
thanks friend! i gotta try the pesto on other things. Any ideas?
I had forever given up pasta because I couldn’t find a good tasting and texture gf pasta. Explore Asian changed that! I can and do enjoy pasta again.
woohoo! same here!