Does anyone else love spaghetti squash? To me it gives me the satisfaction of eating an italian style meal without loading up on carbs that make me feel super full and blah. Its very mild so it takes the flavor of whatever else you put on it or eat with it. One of my favorite meals to make with spaghetti squash is chicken parmesan! Spaghetti squash is such a healthy alternative to pasta, so pairing it with a nice piece of fried chicken and parmesan cheese makes it slightly more indulgent. 🙂 You could also grill your chicken if you’re looking for a super healthy meal! Roast your spaghetti squash in the oven, fry your chicken breasts up golden brown, and pull it together with a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce and some cheese. 🙂 Enjoy! Let me know in the comments what your favorite spaghetti squash meal is!
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- blackened seasoning
- olive oil
- 1 spaghetti squash
- jar of spaghetti sauce or even better, homemade! (recipe here!)
- parmesan cheese
- Carefully cut your spaghetti squash in half. I find its easier to microwave it for a minute or two first. They're very hard.
- Spoon out the seeds and drizzle olive oil and some salt and pepper over your spaghetti squash halves.
- Place face down on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 about 30 minutes or until squash is fully cooked and soft. Set aside to cool.
- When spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the squash out of the skin. I usually keep this in a bowl and drizzle it with some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, pepper and parsley.
- Cut chicken breasts in half if they're very thick (optional) I like to do this so they cook quickly and evenly.
- Mix flour and breadcrumbs and coat chicken breasts.
- Heat some olive oil drizzled in a pan over medium heat. Add coated chicken breasts to hot olive oil and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, paprika, and blackened seasoning. The paprika and blackened seasoning gives the chicken great flavor while helping it brown up in the pan. (You can add your seasonings right to the flour mixture, but I find that I still need to season the chicken breasts anyway, and seasoning them in the pan seems to conserve spices since they all end up on the chicken instead of in any leftover flour mixture. :))
- Cook each side a few minutes and flip. Finish cooking until golden brown and cooked through. Drain the finished chicken on paper towels to get rid of extra oil.
- Serve spaghetti squash on plates, cover with sauce, and a chicken breasts. Sprinkle lots of parmesan cheese on top! Mozzarella or an italian blend are also great too!
- Tip: If you have trouble with timing all of these different items you can always plate your food once the chicken is done, sprinkle with cheese, and pop the plates in the oven for a minute to get everything nice and hot and melty!