- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 lb chicken breast tenders can also use pre-cooked chicken to make it easy
- 2-3 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil, divided
- 6 cloves garlic minced and divided
- 1 medium white onion chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth divided
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast non synthetic type*
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/3 cup fresh chopped basil optional
- Vegetable noodles to serve
Soak your raw cashews for at least one hour in hot water, up to 12 hours. Drain and set aside when ready to cook.
Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Salt and pepper your chicken breast strips, If you have large chicken breasts, cut into smaller pieces so the cook time is shorter. Add 2 tbsp avocado oil to the skillet, then add 2 cloves minced garlic. Heat the garlic for just one minute until flavorful, then add the chicken to the skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked all the way through. Do not overcook. Set aside to a plate and cover with foil.
Add the remaining avocado oil to the pan. Add in chopped onion. Let saute for 2-3 minutes to give the onion a bit more flavor. Now add the remaining minced garlic, then add in 1 cup chicken broth.
Let the broth and onion/garlic mixture simmer for 8-10 minutes or until onion is completely soft. You may need to add in a bit more broth to prevent any burning. But the broth should be almost completely evaporated once the onions are ready.
Place onion/garlic into your blender. Now add the remaining chicken broth (about 1 cup), lemon juice, tahini, nutritional yeast, and cashews. Mix in your blender on high speed until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. This may take a few minutes. You can prepare your noodles while the sauce is being made.
Once the sauce is smooth, adjust with salt and pepper to taste, or even add in a bit more lemon if the nut taste is strong or more nutritional yeast (for cheesy flavor).
If the sauce is cool, you can heat up in a small saucepan to serve (or microwave).
Serve over vegetable noodles with fresh cracked pepper, salt, and fresh basil.