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Dairy-free Creamy Chicken + Broccoli with perfect cashew cream

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Creamy pasta has always been my jam, as long as I can remember. The only problem? My belly doesn’t do well with a ton of dairy, so creamy sauces are typically saved for special occasions only. Thankfully, there are so many delicious alternatives to my creamy favorites- like this super easy cashew-based creamy chicken and broccoli.⁠⁠Whether you’re a low-dairy girl like myself or you just want an easy pantry alternative that takes 30 seconds to whip up- you will love this perfect cashew cream (my 6 year old couldn’t keep her fingers out of it!)- and the rest of the recipe comes together in NO time.

Perfect Cashew Cream:

2 cups cashews, soaked and drained if not using a high-speed blender
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/3-1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice (more to taste)
1/2 tsp sea salt

1. Blend all ingredients well in a high speed blender until smooth. Season to taste (you want this slightly over-seasoned because it will be diluted while tossing with other ingredients).

Optional additions:
For cashew ‘alfredo’ add in:
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli:
2 cups cooked and diced or shredded boneless chicken (breast, thighs) seasoned with salt and pepper (if desired)
1 whole cooked spaghetti squash (see below)
2 cups steamed or blanched broccoli

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash:

Option 1:
1. Preheat oven to 375. Slice off bottom of spaghetti squash to allow for more control when slicing. Slice in half and scoop out seeds.
2. Spray or grease a glass or metal baking pan/sheet.
3. Place squash, cut-side down, on baking sheet or pan. Roast in oven for 45 minutes-1 hour.

Option 2:
1. Cut as directed above.
2. Add 1 cup water in Instant Pot and place cut-side down.
3. Cook on high pressure for 10-12 minutes. Release steam and serve.

All together now:

1. Remove meat from squash and toss with broccoli, chicken and 1-2 cups cashew cream.

2. If ingredients are not hot, bake in oven for 15 minutes at 375 until hot and serve!

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Dairy-free Creamy Chicken + Broccoli with perfect cashew cream

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minute
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Ingredients

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Perfect Cashew Cream: 
2 cups cashews, soaked and drained
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice (more to taste)
1/2 tsp sea salt

For cashew ‘alfredo’ add in: 
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder

Chicken and Broccoli:
2 cups cooked and diced or shredded boneless chicken (breast, thighs) seasoned with salt and pepper (if desired)
1 whole cooked spaghetti squash (see below)
2 cups steamed or blanched broccoli

Instructions

Cashew Cream: 
1. Blend all ingredients well in a high speed blender until smooth. Season to taste (you want this slightly over-seasoned because it will be diluted while tossing with other ingredients).

All together now:

1. Remove meat from squash and toss with broccoli, chicken and 1-2 cups cashew cream.

2. If ingredients are not hot, bake in oven for 15 minutes at 375 until hot and serve!

Notes

Cook the Spaghetti Squash:

Option 1: Preheat oven to 375. Slice off bottom of spaghetti squash to allow for more control when slicing. Slice in half and scoop out seeds. Spray or grease a glass or metal baking pan/sheet. Place squash, cut-side down, on baking sheet or pan. Roast in oven for 45 minutes-1 hour.

Option 2: Cut as directed above. Add 1 cup water in Instant Pot and place cut-side down. Cook on high pressure for 10-12 minutes. Release steam and serve.

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