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Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower {Whole30, Paleo, Keto, DF}

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You can’t beat this one pan Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower for a fast weeknight meal! This healthy paleo and Whole30 dinner is ready in only 30 minutes.

a bowl of chicken and cauliflower with tomatoes

One pan.

25 minutes in the oven.

Amazing flavors.

Healthy AF.

This Pesto Chicken and Tahini Cauliflower sheet pan dish is so dang good! It comes together in a flash and even got the thumbs up from my picky AF nine-year-old.

What’s in Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower?

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Vegan pesto (don’t be scared, it’s a thing. See below)
  • Liquids – olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar
  • Tahini
  • Garlic, because your life is worth living
  • Cauliflower – fresh or frozen. I use frozen because convenience is lovely.

chicken, lemon, cauliflower and other ingredients for chicken and cauliflower

I picked up a tub of Trader Joe’s vegan and kale pesto when I was at the store doing research for my Trader Joe’s Whole30 shopping list. I was highly skeptical of it, but it turns out it is freaking delicious. Hand to God, it tastes just like regular pesto.

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, feel free to use your favorite pesto. I have a conventional homemade version that is easy to whip up.

Where Can I Get Affordable Free-Range Chicken?

I use boneless skinless chicken breasts from our Butcher Box order, but you could also use their chicken thighs. Butcher Box sources only organic and free-range meat for their customers and ships them to your home once a month. The meat is super high-quality and we’ve always had an amazing selection sent each month.

Here’s How to Make It

*Detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of the post.

Lightly toss the chicken with pesto and place in the middle of a sheet pan. Mix the cauliflower with olive oil and add to the sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

pesto chicken and cauliflower on a sheet pan

Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes with remaining pesto and set aside. Combine the ingredients for the tahini sauce. Add the tomatoes to the sheet pan. Place under the broiler for 4-5 minutes.

tomatoes with pesto and chicken and cauliflower on a sheet pan

To serve, lightly salt and toss the cauliflower with the tahini sauce. Slice the chicken and serve with a dish of cauliflower.

Pro Tips/Recipes Notes

  • The cooking time is the same whether you use fresh or frozen cauliflower.
  • Tahini is located in most grocery stores near the peanut and almond butter. It can be expensive, so you can use smooth unsweetened almond butter in place of. You will likely need to thin almond butter with a bit more water. Start with 1 tsp at a time until it has reached the consistency of Elmer’s glue. Sorry, I know that sounds disgusting. But I thought for 10 minutes and couldn’t think of a better analogy.

pesto chicken and cauliflower in a grey bowl

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5 from 2 votes
Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower {Whole30, Paleo, Keto, DF}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

You can't beat this one pan Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower for a fast weeknight meal! This healthy paleo and Whole30 dinner is ready in only 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: One Pan Chicken and Cauliflower, Sheet Pan Chicken and Cauliflower, Tahini Cauliflower
Servings: 4
Calories: 347 kcal
Ingredients
Tahini Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with the rack on the upper third of the oven.

  2. Lightly toss the chicken with pesto and place in the middle of a sheet pan. 

  3. Mix the cauliflower with olive oil and add to the sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes with remaining pesto and set aside. Combine the ingredients for the tahini sauce.

  5. Add the tomatoes to the sheet pan. Place under the broiler set to high for 4-5 minutes.

  6. To serve, lightly salt and toss the cauliflower with the tahini sauce. Slice the chicken and serve with a dish of cauliflower.

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower {Whole30, Paleo, Keto, DF}
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken breast + 1/2 cup cauliflower)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 1014mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 72%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 comments on “Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower {Whole30, Paleo, Keto, DF}”

  1. This looks yummy! I often think how little food it looks like it makes but then I realize most people don’t have to cook for 6-8 children every night.. haha 🙂 I love some easy and delicious dinners! Def gonna try this one!

    • Ha! Bennett is in the “I don’t eat food” mode. It’s hard for me to make sure my serving estimates are accurate for the recipe cards. Because Troy eats big portions and we always make sure that there are leftovers for lunches.

  2. We use T Jo’s vegan pesto on your cauliflower gnocchi recipe too and it’s equally amazing!

  3. I made this for dinner tonight and it was so good!! My favorite part was the cauliflower. Will definitely be making the tahini sauce in the future for roasted cauli!