Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Squash





This is one of my favorite healthy "go to" meals! If I am in a rush, I don't "parmesan" the chicken, I just simply bake chicken and put it with the spaghetti squash, sauce and cheese! So as you can see, you can make it as fancy or quick as you want! Another bonus to this meal is that Evelyn LOVES it. Toddler friendly meal! I got this direct recipe HERE but I tweak the recipe most of the time to be a little faster.

ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb thin sliced chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

For the spice mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon salt (it won’t taste salty)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (may sub. regular)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

For the squash:

  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. With a sharp knife, slice the squash in half. If the squash is too tough – puncture in several places forming a dotted line around the squash. Microwave for 3-5 minutes to soften. Allow to cool before cutting in half – following the dotted line.
  3. Scoop out the seeds – brush with oil, salt, and pepper, – and roast face down in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until a fork can easily pierce the skin.
  4. Meanwhile, slice the chicken breasts into strips.
  5. Mix Spices together in a small sealable bag. Add 1 tablespoon of the spices, flour, cornmeal, and bread crumbs to a medium sized bowl. Set aside. Store remaining spices.
  6. Transfer beaten eggs to a medium bowl. Set aside.
  7. Coat each chicken strip with the flour mixture, then egg, and then back in the flour mixture.
  8. Pour enough vegetable oil in to a medium-large skillet so that it is 1/4-inch deep and heat over medium high heat. Fry the chicken strips (in batches if necessary) until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Set aside on paper towels to drain oil.
  9. Once the squash is out of the oven, let cool for about 10 mins. Flip over and shred the inside of each squash so that the spaghetti strands are loosened. Be careful not to poke a hole in the skin of the squash.
  10. In each spaghetti squash half: pour 1/2 cup marinara sauce over shredded squash. Top with chicken strips, then 1/2 cup more marinara, and finish with mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and a pinch of Italian seasoning. Return to the oven to bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

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