Hey friends! I have been on a mission recently to find low carb variations of our favorite family meals. What I have discovered along the way is that most of our favorite recipes can be easily made keto friendly with a few simple substitutions. Like this absolutely delicious Chicken Pesto Parmesan recipe that I have adapted from our tried and true Sausage Pesto Pasta.
I love, love, love the flavor combination of pesto, parmesan and spinach! I chose to serve this with chicken for a great source of lean protein. You could absolutely substitute ground turkey or sausage for chicken if you would like.
Tips for making Crockpot Freezer Meals:
- Use 1 gallon, large freezer bags (aff link). Label bags with the date, recipe and cooking instructions.
- Lay ingredients flat in the bag for easier storage in the freezer.
- Defrost meals in the refrigerator or place frozen into the crockpot. If the meal is defrosted, reduce the cooking time accordingly (subtract two hours for most crockpot meals).
- Crockpot meals can easily be converted to Instant Pot recipes using this handy guide from Taste of Home – How to Convert Slow Cooker Recipes for the Instant Pot.
- Store meals for up to three months in the freezer.
- 2 lbs chicken, diced
- 200ml pesto
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup pine nuts (reserve for topping)
- Combine all ingredients into a large freezer bag.
- Freeze up to 3 months.
- Defrost in fridge overnight.
- Cook in a skillet on medium until chicken is cooked through.
- Alternatively place into crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
This recipe can be paired with zucchini noodles or served over cauliflower rice for the perfect low carb family meal! My kids prefer to have their Chicken Pesto Parmesan with zucchini noodles. Mostly because they like to use the spiralizer to create the noodles themselves! Did you know that Costco now sells spiralized zucchini noodles? I have seen them in the produce cooler. Be sure to salt the noodles, lay them out flat on paper towel and pat dry after a few minutes to prevent excess moisture being added to your recipe.