Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta

Pesto burps. They never seem to come at the right times. Like during a workout. Not my favorite thing.

I’m into Michael Jackson right now. And Glee versions of Michael Jackson.

So yesterday, I was having a real off day. Probably because I’m pmsing. Ew, TMI. Anywho, I was an emotional mess. I cooked 4 different meals and enjoyed absolutely none of it. You know how people say food is always delicious when it’s cooked with love? Well none of mine had love behind it. The food still tasted good, but with a hint of anger added to it. I’m not really an angry person, but I definitely get a crease between my eyes when I’m upset about something. Maybe it was just because I was up at 4am that day. That’s probably it. It has nothing to do with the fact I’m constantly thinking about chocolate, feeling fat, and breaking out.

Being a woman is the devil sometimes. Hate me for that statement, do it.

And yesterday I kept trying to pull myself out of self hatred. Which was much easier when Sergio came over. Just because he makes my self hatred humorous somehow. Well we decided to run around the park which was probably another poor idea since my run would be ran with no happiness behind it. And that was shown to be especially true since he is MUCH faster than me. Even though he’s shorter, those little legs can move. By the time we ended, I was practically pleading for air while Sergio briskly walked like he hadn’t just run 2.5 miles. My self hatred just morphed to humiliation.

I finally grew up and got over it. Self hatred and frustration really lead to nowhere. So I danced to Glee songs, worked out at the gym, then had froyo to ultra-spike my endorphins. Please do not tell me that this is not paleo, I understand this. But pistachio and chocolate milkshake frozen yogurt just HAVE to eaten sometimes. Especially when it’s with a special guy.

And to make something perfectly clear, Sergio is not my special guy. He’s not my boyfriend. But he is single and would certainly be interested in making friends with someone of the opposite sex. Just saying. And yes, yes I am whoring my best friend out over the internet. I’m a bad person….kind of.


Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta

  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (or chicken thighs if you prefer)
  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise (get a BIG one)
  • 1215 artichoke hearts, cut in half (I used jarred artichokes that were in olive oil for more flavor)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 45 tablespoons olive oil
  • 45 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 35 cups of spinach (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 405 degrees (not 450, stop questioning me)
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until squash gives when you poke the outside of it.
  3. Use a spoon to remove the excess seeds then a fork to thread the strings from the squash. To make spaghetti, duh.
  4. But while the squash is baking, make the pesto and chicken.
  5. Place a large pan over medium-high heat, add a splash of fat and 1 minced garlic clove. As soon as the garlic becomes fragrant, add the halved artichokes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let cook until slightly browned and tender on all sides.
  6. Once artichokes are browned, add them to a food processor along with the walnuts, olive oil, vegetable broth, and second garlic clove. Puree until smooth.
  7. Then add the parsley, basil, lemon, and salt and pepper. Puree once more until smooth. Taste and add more lemon and salt and pepper to your preference.
  8. Once pesto is done pureeing, add the chicken to the same pan that you sautéed the artichokes in.
  9. Cook chicken over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
  10. Once chicken is cooked through, add in about 1/4 of a cup of the pesto to the chicken along with the spinach, in the pan and mix well to coat. Cover and let cook for 2-4 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  11. Then add the threads of spaghetti squash to the pan (or a large mixing bowl if you need more room). Mix spaghetti squash, pesto, and chicken all together.
  12. Serve with some fresh basil on top.
  13. Love pesto in a new way!

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193 thoughts on “Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta”

  1. I had an ABSOLUTE ANGRY day yesterday. For no good reason. So I TOTALLY understand. I had some REAL (natural) peanut butter and enjoy life chips. It helped.

  2. I am pretty sure that whoring your best friend out over the internet falls under “great wingman moves.” So, really, more people should be doing this You are setting a trend. Plus, I am in the Army too so I fully support all actions that make us look awesome.

    This recipe looks stupid delicious and I am going to make it tonight because, like a woman who hates everything in her closet, I currently hate everything in my fridge, but magically have all the ingredients to make this. Thus, you are a great wingman and a great American. 🙂

  3. So you are a great cook and a Yenta!! Sergio is lucky to have you, and we are lucky to enjoy your great food. This will be on my table Thursday night, probably with another fix of that chocolate/”peanut butter” ice cream. Damn! My partner and I are on our way to cooking through your entire recipe collection. THANKS for the fabulous food and Paleo cooking instruction! Btw, you are a stitch!

  4. Not only do I visit your website for badass recipe ideas, but I never miss a post because you are amazingly funny and if you ever stop posting I’m going to be sad!! Can’t wait for the cookbook!!!!

  5. Sounds soo good (and looks good too!)

    Question for all/any of you.
    How many servings do you get out of your spaghetti squash?
    I could eat half of one in one serving.
    I am a bottomless Pit!!!

  6. Can’t wait to make this. I was flying home on monday night and was super depressed and cramping in the airport and said EFF it!!! I’m getting a dove dark chocolate bar! PSHHHHH…. and I enjoyed every bite of it. I had some raw almonds with it too… YUM! besides, I think paleo rules state that when you are PMSing anything goes 😉 Did you see this weeks episode of new girl. That show is craziness. LOVE IT. Your posts crack me up, I wish we were friends… yup I’m officially a creep!

  7. omg this is like spinach and artichoke dip pasta!! at parties, I was always binging on that dip with none other than Ritz crackers. there’s just no other way to eat it, really. I will have to make this to get my fix in a healthier way!

  8. Believe me, I am the first to fall into the frozen yogurt/or worse abyss when I’m PMSing. This recipe looks great–thank you! Your posts are so funny.

  9. How would Sergio feel about an older women who eats paleo, cooks really well, and considers a 2.5 mile run a nice warm-up? (jk–I live too far away–ha!) You’re an awesome friend to him and I bet he loves the attention. When is he doing another guest post?!

    (PS. I fell into a pint of coconut-caramel flan ice cream last month. Sweets happen.)

  10. This sounds so good!

    Have you seen “The Big Lebowski”? Your comment about Sergio totally reminded me of the line “She’s not my special lady – she’s my lady friend!”

  11. I love reading your posts…they always make me laugh. You’re a great friend to be pimping your man-panion out on the interwebs…and tell Sergio that there’s someone special out there for him (and she may or may not live in Newport News, VA…I kid! I kid!).

    Thanks for the awesome recipe(s)!! I think I’ll try this one this weekend. 🙂

  12. balls. i also had a big ole “balls” day yesterday and have been super grumpy pants since i got back from vacay last week. went for a run, tried working out. all balls. last night i made an awesome moose buger chili but the only thing that made me happy is I ATE PASTA WITH IT!!! first time in ages but felt goooooooood. sometimes paleo can kiss it…

  13. I am having one of those days today!! Got up at 5 AM to go to the gym and my garage door is frozen shut!! So I went back to bed and said ef it….hoping that it would melt before I had to go to work….wishful thinking, late to work….and then went down to my car and found a $60 parking ticket!! I am so ready to eat a cheeseburger and fries with a big fat milkshake!! Instead I had a chicken salad….not the same 🙁

    Also I noticed in your recipe that you said one large squash squash! 🙂 I love those! I may or may not eat some non-paleo chocolate ice cream tonight….we shall see!

  14. Hey Y’all, I was wondering if any of the ladies had issues with BC after getting on pale for like 7 weeks? I see here that PMS reigns supreme, paleo or not. 🙁 I was hoping it would HELP lessen the blow of it all.
    Ladies, Juli?

  15. Speaking strictly as an expert; whoring requires a money exchange. Although this kinda seems to have the whole “mail-order” quality to it.

  16. I just made this for dinner this evening, and IT IS INCREDIBLE!!! WOW!!! I can’t wait for your cookbook to arrive, Juli. EVERYBODY needs to prepare this one. I’m just sayin’.

  17. Hi Juli, this dish looks amazing. I just want to say I learned about paleo from my sister who was given the choice: paleo or Alzheimers due to a diagnosis of Diabetes 3. I decided I had better clean up my act too since we have the same genetic code although she ate no fat/butter etc. and I did and do. Your wonderful website and recipes have made the diet so much more palatable to me and I can stick to it. Thanks and I love your Instagram photos too. P.S. Some people just love to hate and make ridiculous comments. It’s them, not you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  18. Hi there, wondering if you have any substitute ideas for the spaghetti squash as it is not available where I live. It just doesn’t exist. I get saddened by all the awesome looking paleo recipes out there that use it that I can’t replicate. I can’t think of anything that would be similar but maybe you/someone here has ideas……
    Thanks for the recipes. Your blog is brilliant and helped me a lot in my transition from grain-aholic to a more paleo diet.

      1. thank you for that idea!! zucchini! I live in Singapore and there is no spaghetti squash to be found… i was thinking of having someone ship me one, but I don’t think that’s allowed haha.

  19. Holy goodness, this looks delicious. Incidentally, I made pesto for the first time tonight for dinner (before I saw this recipe). And it was amazing. And I was trying to think of more excuses/ways to make pesto and just thinking about pesto in general (as I’ve been doing since dinner) – and then I saw this recipe.
    That was a very long and complicated explanation of why of love this idea and am so trying it.

  20. I am still trying to feel out the paleo world since I currently eat paleo-ish. I came across your blog a couple weeks ago and now have it bookmarked on my computer. You are hilarious! Partly because I can totally relate. This recipe looks delicious and I can not wait to try it!

  21. Oh it’s you! My husband say’s I’m obsessed with food..since I have been doing this whole30 for 51 days..zumba, weights walking…then I see this recipe. Hey I still have a life…definately gonna try this…all my fav recipes come from Juli and Paleo OMG!!

  22. There must have been something in the air with women because I was an unruly bitch yesterday, until i had some dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts with a side of crackers and hummus. paleo took a back seat last night.

    …btw, i LOVE artichoke hearts, but any idea how to cut them correctly? I might have to youtube this.

  23. I hear ya, lady! I had a hell of a day yesterday and ended up crying and taking a nap after my pity party at hmmm, 6PM? My wonderful hubby dragged me out of my misery and we ended up having a nice and low key night. Woman problems and emotions are soooooo annoying…I feel ya there too!

  24. I saw this posted on your FB page yesterday and decided to try it for dinner since I had chicken thawing that I didn’t know what on earth I was going to do with yet and I had a spaghetti squash sitting on my counter taunting me because I’ve never made one before and I’m pretty sure it knew it. Picked up the rest of the stuff I needed at Whole Foods and got to cooking the second I got home. All I’m going to say is this website is called PaleOMG for a reason….it was simply AMAZING! My 1 1/2 year old gobbled it up so fast you’d think someone was threatening to steal it from him…and my skeptic husband really enjoyed it, to the point where he wiped the bowl clean with his finger 🙂 I really can’t wait to make this again!

  25. This sounds great – thanks for the recipe! I am an Italian girl and what I miss most with Paleo is pasta. This sounds like a great alternative. Can’t wait to try it.

  26. I’m eating pumpkin from a can at 7am pretending that’s it’s froyo…so yeah…the devil. Sergio’s post about you was really funny; although sad because no one should hate Whole Foods for any reason other than $20 salads. I live in Denver so if you want Sergio to go out with me, I will oblige. Mainly to be able to hang out with the best friend of a celebrity. And because it looks like he might be a really puppeteer.

  27. Serves 4-5? Or 1 Lorna twice. Just finished the leftovers for my lunch. So delicious. Strange how it seems like so many of us yesterday had chicken thawing and random spaghetti squash’s hanging around just wondering what to do with them.

  28. Can’t wait to make this!!! Artichokes, spinach and spaghetti squash are my FAVES!! Always looking for new ideas. Thanks Juli you are the best!!

  29. I just made this for dinner and it was amazing. I’m trying really hard not to go back into the leftovers, before breakfast anyway.

  30. Just made this for dinner – it may or may not be one of the most delicious dishes ever created. I just wanted to eat that pesto by the spoonful! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  31. This was PHENOMENAL Hands down, my new favorite dish right now!!! Thank you for this heaven-in-a-bowl recipe!

  32. Question for Juli/anyone who has made this: Does it have a strong lemon flavor? I’ve noticed just about any recipe I’ve made that calls for lemon, no matter how many other seasoning I put in it, lemon is all I can taste and it kind of turns me off to the food 🙁 This looks/sounds sooo good though so I would love to try it.

  33. I have been reading your site for a while now and I love it. One thing I have to mention, though, have you tried Kiehls products for your skin? I used to have such problem skin as an adult, all hormone related, and once I switched to exclusively Kiehls it has totally cleared up. It was miraculous. Just a suggestion, and keep up the good work!

  34. i printed this right away, it looks great! Question though – any tips on cutting a spaghetti squash in half? I almost chopped off hand trying to cut one a couple of weeks ago. The PITA of cutting one makes me shy away from it in the future. Any tips are much appreciated!

    1. Heather, I still have the same problem. But a few tips that work for me are making sure I have a REALLY good knife, and I sometimes stick it in the microwave for a few minutes to soften. Just let it cool a few minutes and make the first cute very carefully or it kinda shoots hot air out. But it does help a little bit…

        1. I don’t know if you’ll see this from a week ago, but you can definitely pierce your squash like you would a potato and toss the whole thing in the microwave. I do it for about 5-6 minutes – it makes it much easier to cut and keeps your fingers intact. Then, finish cooking in the oven.

  35. Just made this recipe for dinner and folks here were licking their plates. It’s always a good sign when people go in for 2nd. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  36. currently trying to wait for my chicken to cook so i don’t eat all of this pesto just with a spoon. another great success – this sh*t is delicious. well played, Juli.

  37. It was DELICIOUS!!! I will definitely make this again! First time I had ever had spaghetti squash, and I’m in love 🙂 I didn’t have any basil but I will definitely add it for next time!

  38. YUM! The pesto is sooo good. Though I could put the entire thing on this and eat it. I used 1 cup of the pesto instead of the 1/4 C and your’s still looks more creamy than mine!

  39. Made this this weekend – threw in some shrimp with the chicken – My husband wanted to know if it would be bad if he licked the bowl…and it made sooooo much – we got three full 2 person meals out of it. Going right into our favorite recipies file. Thanks so much

  40. This recipe was excellent! I used sunflower seeds instead of nuts for the pesto. Yum! My toddler couldn’t get enough! My mom (soooo not paleo) liked it as well, although she pointed out that it could have been prettier. I guess I’ll need to work on my presentation, because your picture looks a whole lot nicer than my finished product. lol. Big hearts go out to you and your fabulous recipes. Keep ’em coming!!

  41. This recipe came out amazing. Fed three of us and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Posted a picture on your instagram feed. Hopefully my picture did your recipe justice.

  42. Sorry I am an amateur wannabe chef so I need every step spelled out. Two questions- is “a splash of fat” equal to olive oil? Also- do you use the remaining pesto or save it? Does the whole chicken spinach and squash mix only call for 1/4 c of the pesto? Thanks for your wisdom!!

    1. first question: yes. second question: yes, I save it, usually put it in the freezer. third question: 1/4 cup is to coat the chicken, then the leftover pesto is for the whole mixture at the end with the spaghetti squash (feel free to not use it all and place some in the freezer for another time)

  43. Well I messed up and bought butternut instead of spaghetti squash but we just ate it on the side. This pesto is AMAZEBALLS, it would be a great replacement for artichoke dip or a veggie dip. My chicken turned out a bit dry but I think I’m physically unable to cook a moist chicken breast. Bravo for another yummy hit!

  44. I just have to say that I was anxious to make this dish the other night, but am always a tad skeptical about how ‘amazing’ something will taste. I mean, c’mon, we all like to think that our cooking doesn’t suck, right?
    Well, the best way I can describe this dish is that it is company worthy, in that I would invite ANYONE to my house for dinner and serve this up – it really IS that good!
    It’s now going to be part of my weekly rotation.
    One caution – if you bring leftovers to work, be prepared to have people hover over you as you eat 😉

  45. My whole family loved this dinner!! My 9 year old had 2nd’s and 3rd’s. My 13 year old wondered why I didn’t make more. This one is definitely going in the rotation……. Thanks so much!

  46. Looks like cozy comfort food! Yum. I’ll definitely try this recipe during a cooking class I’ve only recently signed up for. To be more precise, on Valentine’s day my boyfriend gave me an unusual Valentine’s present – he made a private booking for one of the courses organized by Zac’s cooking school in our native Vancouver – cooking classes for couples so I’m now collecting interesting recipes to come up with during that course. And I’m sure this recipe will most certainly be among the first ones we’ll try together.

  47. Made this for dinner last night… my fiance thought he wouldn’t like spaghetti squash… turns out he loves it! The pesto is also delish. Thank you again!

  48. Juli, my very first experience with spaghetti squash! I s not sure what to expect.. Ha! I was pleasantly surprised! And your recipe is spot on.. So yummy! (Love your blog..added bonus) Beauty, brains and creative! Thank you!

  49. This recipe was really good! It will now be our go-to pesto. Do you know the nutritional information for this meal?

  50. OMG, I was scrapping the food processor trying to get ever last morsel of pesto. This recipe is the bomb!!! I can’t wait to share it with friends. YUM YUM!!!

  51. Lauren,

    I put the recipe in my fitness app and it is around 300 calories.

    This recipe is the bomb!!! I was scapping the food processor for every last morsel of pesto. I can’t wait to share it with friends, YUM YUM!!

  52. So delish! I rarely use artichokes but the whole family loved this one. Will definitely make again!

  53. Well You’ve done it again. Left me speechless with your wonderful recipes . This was my first attempt at making pesto EVER. It turned out so yummy! I added some black olives much to the chagrin of my husband…oh well, more for me!

  54. This one was great! I found myself eatting the pesto alone! Would be great as a dip with plantain chips!!!

  55. OMG. I absolutely LOVE pesto and this fresh Paleo friendly option will be one of my new comfort foods. Amazing! Juli, you ROCKED this!

  56. This was insanely good!
    Only mistake I made was dumping all of the remaining pesto into the pan, whenI probably should have added a little at a time… No matter, it was still delicious!

  57. Now I know why your site is paleOMG…I kept saying to myself “OMG OMG OMG” this is amazing as I was taste testing along the way! Great recipe!

  58. I made this last night for dinner and wanted to lick my plate. Thanks for sharing recipes that ROCK and make this diet a snap.

  59. This was amazing! My hubs and I were eating the pesto out of the blender. Thanks for another great recipe!

  60. I am a newish paleo eater (2+ months) and I seriously love love love your blog. This recipe is AH-MAZING and I made it for non paleo eaters last night. They all were begging for the recipe. Love it! THANK YOU –

  61. DELICIOUS!!! Made this last night and my non-paleo boyfriend loved it. He had it over regular spaghetti and I had it over the squash. Leftovers were amazing for lunch today too. We will definitely use this recipe again. Making the buffalo chicken meatloaf tonight. Thanks for making his conversion to paleo so much easier for me =P

  62. Sergio can help me whip my sad little butt into action.
    Kind of like having a really hot physical therapist- you do what they tell you cause you’re so starry eyed.

  63. This was fantastic! At first I was afraid the sauce as too lemony but once mixed in with everything it was perfect! Thanks so much for your recipes, it’s making the WLC so much easier and more fun. I’m off to make your blueberry muffins now!

  64. Ohhhhhhhmg, I made this tonight and it is AB. FAB. You paleo-navigate comfort foods like a BOSS.

  65. Does anyone know if this recipe, fully made, be frozen; or just the left over pesto? I’m trying to fill up my freezer with pre-cooked foods for lazy days.

  66. HOLYSHITBALLS! This was uh-may-zing!!! ! Didn’t have spaghetti squash unfortunately, and the British seem to not know what the hell I’m talkin about when I ask them where I can find it, SO I made zucchini pasta instead. Either way definite hit with the hubs who is so skeptical about my newly (60 days strong!) paleo eating habit. Thanks a bunch!!!

  67. I just wanted to thank you for your recipes. I tried this one tonight and it was the best thing I have had to eat in a long time! I am a single Mom and trying to live a healthier lifestyle so my baby boo will follow my lead…. I don’t even remember how I came across your site… But I did share the link to it on FB in hopes that my pals would follow too. Thanks again.

    Much Love.


  68. This recipe is really easy and tastes delicious. My fiance and I enjoyed making this together. It is a nice clean version of what I used to get at noodles and co before I found out that I have a gluten and dairy allergy. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  69. I LOVED this dish. I’ve tried spaghetti squash a few times and haven’t LOVED it. I figured I’d try this recipe for one last go. Sooo good, and such a comfort food dish. I’ll be making this again. And soon.

  70. Ok this was absolutely deeeelicious. It tasted awesome and was total comfort food for me. My boyfriend loved it too. Definitely a keeper. Will be making this again tonight!

  71. This was Ah-ma-zing! I made some for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! Awesome recipe!! So excited I have some leftovers so I can enjoy it again!

  72. This was AMAZING! Whipped up the pesto in the Vitamix and it turned out perfect! Also added some roasted red peppers in with the spinach then baked in the oven for 10. Outstanding!

  73. You crack me up! I can’t wait to try this, but I’m not a huge artichoke heart fan – maybe sub spinach?

    And fro-yo with a special guy? Absolutely. Tell Sergio I’ll eat fro yo with him 😉

  74. I just made a big batch of this for the next couple days worth of meals, and oh my goodness was i happy with the results!

    It is rich, tasty and absolutely delicious! I added tons of spinach to add alot of green to the dish. A serving of this and a mixed greens salad is a perfect, hearty, yet healthy meal.

    Will definitely make this again. Love your recipes!

  75. Well played! Excellent recipe, easily tweaked for AIP! I’m saving a little of the pesto to have with tuna as a snack and had a very hard time walking away from the rest of the pan in order to have leftovers for lunch. Yes, I can eat an amazing amount of food.

  76. This was stunning! I hate parsley so I left it out – came out awesome. I kept eating the pesto before I put it on anything. I love how creamy and rich it is. It made enough for 4 large sized servings for me – I’ve been eating it for lunch all week.

  77. I cook dinner for my parents every Sunday night and this is on the menu this week. I LOVE your site and your recipes. You rock!

  78. I just made it tonight after wanting to make it for weeeeeeeks,,, i made it with zucchini pasta! Delicious! I made so much that I have sme left over for tomorrow @lunch!, can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

    Ah! Yesterday I made the Sugar detox carrot cake pudding!!! DELICIOUSSSSS!!!! And it was funny that my husband kind of sneaked in when I was watching your video, and he told me today after we ate the pasta dish: ” I didn’t see you dancing while cooking!! If you are going to cook like Juli, you must dance like her!!! Very funny!!!

    Loveeereeeee your recipes!!!!

  79. OMGeez, this was phenomenal! I read it and made it the same day. It tastes like creamy restaurant pasta without the guilt. I am new to Paleo but will definitely stick with it if I find more recipes like this. Amazeballs.

  80. Ok, I just made this for dinner tomorrow night and it is absolutely amazing! I substituted a few handfuls of baby spinach for the walnuts in the pesto, because I don’t particularly care for walnuts in my pesto. I figured that people make spinach and artichoke dip, so why can’t I make spinach and artichoke pesto?? OMG, it is SO good! I can’t wait for my husband and our two girls, ages 10 and 5, to try it! Thank you so much for making paleo so yummy and interesting!! We are huge PaleOMG fans!!

  81. Made this for dinner tonight and I couldn’t stop eating! This recipe was deeelicious! Thanks for sharing!

  82. Love this recipe! I sub’d shrimp for chicken, cashews for walnuts and a jalepeno to the pesto for some spice. So many great ways to vary this recipe to keep it fresh. Love your blog. Keep it up!

  83. This was one of the best recipes I have ever made in my life. I substituted almonds for walnuts since my hubby is allergic. SO YUMMY. Thank you so, so, so, much!

  84. Juli, Thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely love it! It was delish the first time I made it w/ no tweaking! I am new to paleo (3 weeks) and have found your blog to be a godsend. I just donated bc I use your recipes way more than the paleo cookbooks I bought. Thank you for sharing delicious food!

  85. Just made this… it is AWESOME… i was out of parsley so I threw in a bunch of spinach to the pesto to sub.. seriously.. my son who is 17 and his friends just lost it over this… thank you so much for the recipe.. paleo has been a challenge i finally was so satisfied! take care!

  86. Bomb, didn’t want to stop eating last night but needed to save some for breakfast. I may or may not have taken a few bites after midnight…. Didn’t tweak it too much, thank you!!

  87. OMG is right. This was amazing. I didn’t have walnuts, but pine nuts subbed in just fine. Also added a bunch of extra artichokes to the final dish and some grape tomatoes, cooking until they burst. This dish has soooo much flavor. My husband had three helpings!!

  88. Juli,

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this amazingly delicious recipe!!!!! My boyfriend and I have just started to transition into a complete paleo lifestyle after eating relatively healthy for the majority of our lives. It can be difficult sometimes to stick to a paleo diet, because we so badly miss certain things (like creamy textured foods). So I had a dilemma last night when we wanted to get together with friends for dinner. I decided to have everyone over my place so I could cook something paleo. This dish was such a hit. First time I ever made it, and I swear I plan on making mass amounts of pesto so I can freeze it into individual servings for myself.


  89. WOW, this was delish! I changed it up a bit because spaghetti squash has been getting on my nerves lately. So, I mixed the chicken (I cooked the chicken with a little lemon juice) with the pesto and served it over cauli rice. Super YUM! Thanks!

  90. Just started a Paleo challenge with our crossfit box. This recipe was our first cooking experience with paleo… and spaghetti squash! It was amazing and gives me hope that paleo wont be so bad! Thanks for posting this and so many others that I will be sure to try out over the next few weeks.

  91. I just tried this recipe with Shirataki noodles in place of the squash (not yet in season) and it was amazing. I love your site and I’ve already saved 6 recipes to my ZipList!

    Your new biggest fan,

  92. Forgot to rate this. AND I made it for dinner the next week as well, this time with the spaghetti squash. So so so good. Definitely more filling than using shirataki noodles.

  93. Just made this tonight… amazing. Thanks for sharing. So far everything I’ve tried from your blog has been delicious.

  94. This is my first time every seeing or cooking with spaghetti squash and all I have to say its AMAZING!!! So yum and the pesto and chicken was a marriage made in heaven loll. P.s your Amazing tool I love your humor and everything about you xoxoxo Thanks =)

    Love always,
    One happy reader

  95. I’ve made this recipe before and it’s absolutely delicious! I’m planning on making it again but have one question, does anyone know if it freezes well? If not, how long do you think it lasts in the fridge? Last time I made it we barely had any leftovers.

  96. Loved this recipe. I did make a few changes. I didn’t have basil or parsley on hand but I had the monster sized Kale bag from Costco in my fridge. So I made a Kale and pine-nut pesto.

    2 cups kale
    1/4 cup pine nuts
    1/2 cup olive oil
    juice of a lemon
    salt and pepper

    Then I added the artichoke mixture you called for in your recipes and made the rest the same. It turned out amazing.

  97. I made this tonight, FINALLY! Omitted the walnuts as my daughter is allergic to nuts and this was AMAZING! Will be making on a regular basis! LOVE!

  98. Holy bologna, better than any store bought pesto I’ve had and the dish as a whole was amazing. My boyfriend was scared of the artichoke idea but even he loved this dish.

  99. I have made this recipe for many months now, and I love it. (Just getting around to rating it now) I’ll make it again this weekend for next weeks lunch. One of my favorites, thank you!

  100. This was so delicious. And even better – extremely easy to make. I used the magic bullet to avoid cleaning the food processor & it worked great. Thanks for another amazing recipe!!

  101. Hi Juli! Do you have any suggestions for replacing the walnuts with something AIP-friendly? Maybe it will be fine without the nuts completely? Thanks! I made this last week before starting AIP and it was AMAZING. I told everyone I know about this meal. Ha! Thank you for all you do.

  102. This is the first recipe of yours that I’ve made and it was seriously AMAZEBALLS. My non-paleo family all loved it and I’ve been smiling since lunch. Can’t wait to make more of your foodie epicness 🙂

  103. I just made this last night and WOW it was so good! I love how it tricks me into eating things like squash, spinach, and artichokes 🙂

    Thanks for all you do!

  104. Had this with kelp noodles because we don’t have spaghetti squash down here in Australia but it still tasted amazing!!

  105. Made this tonight….it was AMAZEBALLS! All my kids loved it, even my extremely picky 6 year old. We all ate it with the spaghetti squash and the husband ate it with zucchini noodles. Great both ways. SO SO good.


    Like I almost made myself sick.


  106. THIS was THE best recipe I’ve reviewed in a while. It was really great! The only change I made to this is rather than serve it over spaghetti squash I used my new favorite kitchen tool, the Veggetti, to make zucchini spaghetti. Not because I don’t like spaghetti squash, but because I’ve served that twice in the last two weeks and I wanted to use my new fun tool.

  107. So, I’ve been cleaning up my eating and OH.MY.GOSH. This is my new favorite thing of all time. The market was having a sale on artichokes and I seriously bought a bunch of them just so I could make this recipe a million and one more times. I’m totally gonna try the zucchini noodles noted in some of the comments too. Thanks Juli!

  108. Amazing dish! I used way more basil and garlic, and I let the pesto/chicken sit and mellow – off heat – for awhile before adding the squash. My husband, who only orders pesto in Italy, liked it. Whoohoo. Next time, I’ll use less lemon – personal preference. THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!

  109. Wow I am new to the paleo lifestyle and this dish was amazing!! I have to say with all of it mixed together I felt as if I was truly eating pasta with parmesan mixed into it. I love your recipes and I can’t wait to order the other two cookbooks to add to the one cookbook I have already by you.
    Thank you so much for making me look forward to my next meal.

  110. This was SO good- I had a Paleo friendly pesto so out out of sheer laziness I used that. I also used arugula instead of spinach to get some green in there 🙂 thank you!!

  111. This recipe was awesome! We used zucchini noodles instead of squash. My husband was licking his plate!

  112. Such a fun first-time try with cooking a serious paleo meal!

    Didn’t have walnuts, (used pine nuts), didn’t have lemon (lime), no fresh herbs (had the dried) or didn’t have the vegetable broth and subbed chicken broth.


    and I even forgot to put in the pine nuts. I toasted them because they were in the freezer, and then forgot about them until after the dish was finished…to I topped my bowl with the nuts.

    THANKS for a FREE site with FUN recipes and stories!!
    It’s my 3rd week eating strict paleo, and I’ve lost eleven pounds…so weird…but I feel lots better!!

  113. Thanks for this recipe! To make this easy for me and very quick; Microwave the squash til soft. Let cool before cutting in half and scooping out seeds. Also used jarred pesto. While the squash is cooling, prep all Ingredients.
    Do it all In a Dutch Oven. Used 2 lemons. Made this two times this week. Its that good.

  114. Made this for dinner after you posted a pic on instagram…holy cow it was delish!! Rave reviews from 9 year olds through old ass adults! This will now be on my regular meals rotation!! Thanks

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