Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo & Keto)

This Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe is what dreams are made of! This easy weeknight dinner is creamy without any dairy, with bacon, sundried tomatoes and spinach and so delicious. This dish is Paleo, Keto and Whole30 friendly and bound to be a new family favorite! Made in partnership with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic!

How do you make tuscan chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

We had a vision of what we wanted this dish to be: we wanted the creamiest and dreamiest weeknight dinner loaded with salty bacon, briny sun-dried tomato, veggies for health and the best chicken we could find. We are so happy to say we think we hit the mark with this Creamy Tuscan Chicken dinner!

Making this recipe was both thrilling and stressful because we were so set on this creamy dish not containing any cream and it went through several rounds of recipe testing to get it just right: 5 to be exact! We started off using almond milk as the creamy component. While the resulting dish was tasty it wasn’t creamy and the almond milk was overpowered by the strong flavor of bacon and sundried tomato. Next up we tried coconut cream. This one was a no-go for me because I have a strong aversion to food tasting like coconut when it’s not supposed to. And then, after that second failed attempt I had an epiphany: cashew cream! Cashew creams are what dreams are made of! It doesn’t take on a strong cashew flavor, it doesn’t separate, it’s easy to make, nutritious and it makes the dish so creamy.

Once we went in that direction we tested it a few more times to makes sure it’s JUST RIGHT for you, and well, because we wanted to eat more of it!

How we serve this:

We served this easy weeknight dinner up with cauli-rice, but it would be equally delicious over pasta, with white rice, cauliflower gnocchi (our Trader Joe’s favorite right now), or even a bed of sautéed greens!

Creamy tuscan chicken keto

I am so happy to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic to bring you today’s Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe! Shenandoah Valley Organic is my go-to trusted chicken company because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms. I love the quality so much, and everyone in my family who tries it agrees! It’s the best, and I love supporting their farmers and a company that is working hard to do things right!

SVO chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! Pretty cool if you ask me! You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you!

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How do I Make Cashew Cream

  • Place 1 cup of cashews in a bowl and cover with cold water for at least an hour, or up to 8.
  • Drain the soaked cashews and place them in a small food processor or high-speed blender.
  • Puree with 1/4 cup water of and ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • How long does cashew cream last? Keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days!

What is Cashew Cream Used For?

We love using it as a dairy-free sub to make things CREAMY! Unlike coconut cream or coconut milk that can often leave a taste, cashew cream makes things instantly creamy, without any coconut taste! It’s totally dairy-free, and delicious! You can use it in savory or sweet dishes!

Other uses for Cashew Cream:

This recipe makes a bit more cashew cream than is needed, as it’s easier to blend a larger amount than a smaller amount. There are endless ways to use cashew cream, basically use it in any place you would use heavy cream! Here are some ideas:

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo and Diary Free)

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:23 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1-½ pounds chicken thighs or chicken tenders (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil (if needed)
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-½  cup chicken stock
  • ½  cup Sundried tomato (packed in oil), drained and chopped roughly
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream (see note)
  • 2 cup spinach

Directions

  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat cook bacon until crisp, remove, drain oil except for 1 tablespoon.
  2. Add chicken, in batches if necessary, and cook on each side until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side minutes. Remove from pan.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons oil if the pan is dry.  Add onion and garlic, and lower heat to medium low and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in chicken stock and sundried tomato and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan and bring up to a boil.
  5. Stir in cashew cream until smooth.
  6. Add spinach, bacon  and return chicken to pan and continue to cook until the sauce spinach has wilted and everything is combined. If your sauce is too thick, add a bit more chicken stock to thin it out.
  7. Serve immediately with cauli rice, pasta or zoodles.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you don’t have tenders, simply slice chicken breasts in half horizontally and then slice in half to get the correct size. If using thighs leave as is.
  2. To make the cashew cream: Place 1 cup of cashews in a bowl and cover with cold water for at least an hour, or up to 8. Drain the soaked cashews and place them in a small food processor or high-speed blender. Puree with 1/4 cup water of and ½ teaspoon of salt. Blend until smooth.  Keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days! See post for more information about cashew cream!
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Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon

Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon (dairy-free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This one-pot Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon is the ultimate comfort food on a chilly evening! Paleo-friendly, loaded with veggies, and dairy-free (if you use the cashew cream option) for a completely guilt-free chowder option!

Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon

Here in New England, Chowder’s are our go-to bowl of comfort during chilly Summer and early Fall evenings! I wanted to create a chowder that was rich, creamy, guilt-free and great for any time of year, and am so excited to share this soup with you!

Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon

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Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon

If you love bacon as much as I do, this soup is a must-make! Creamy potatoes, perfectly cooked shrimp, and bits of bacon in every bite… soup perfection.

Creamy Potato Chowder with Shrimp and BaconIngredient:

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 package nitrate-free bacon
  • 1 pound deveined shrimp
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 yukon potatoes, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup good quality cream or 1/4 cup cashew cream *see notes for cashew cream recipe
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn (non-GMO/local if possible), thawed and cooked
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon scallions, for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, around 5-8 minutes. Turn off heat and place bacon on a plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat out of the pan. Turn heat to medium-high and cook shrimp for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until pink and fully cooked through. Transfer shrimp to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Drain all of the cooking liquid out of the pan.
  4. Place garlic and onion into the dutch oven. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until onions start to turn translucent. Add potato, celery, and carrots to the pot. Cook until potato starts to soften.
  5. Add in spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  6. Pour in chicken stock and stir well, making sure to scrape up all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once at a boil, turn down heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Whisk in cream of choice. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  9. Serve in desired serving bowls. Top with roughly chopped shrimp, bacon pieces, parsley, thyme, scallions, and corn if using.
  10. Serve warm!

Recipe Notes

*Cashew Cream: Soak 1/2 cup cashews in 2 cups of water for 4-6 hours or overnight. Drain soaked cashews and rinse well. Place in a high-speed blender with 1/2 cup water. Blend until creamy and thick. Add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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