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Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash Recipe
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Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash Recipe

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Brimming with classic Mediterranean ingredients, this restaurant-quality dish will be an instant dinnertime hit. Serve it with a quick salad for a complete meal. Jayne Martin — Strathclair, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 center-cut bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup chicken mixture with 1 cup squash equals 340 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 656 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 15-18 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove from the skillet.
  3. In the same skillet, cook bacon and leek over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon mixture to paper towels. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add the broth, wine and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add chicken and bacon mixture; heat through.
  4. When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands. Serve with chicken mixture. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash in Healthy Cooking October/November 2009, p35

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup chicken mixture with 1 cup squash equals 340 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 656 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

I made this for my husband and a friend and it quickly disappeared!

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

This is a really good healthy meal. I used boneless thighs, onion instead of leeks, and 2% milk. Delicious!

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

I'm a big fan of mediterranean food but had never tried spaghetti squash before and wasn't sure what to expect (especially coming from the microwave) but it was delicious! I typically prefer things on the spicy side but all the flavors came together so nicely it didn't need any heat. My boyfriend made a point to tell me three times to make sure I save the recipe and we look forward to making this again soon!

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

Really great, especially serving our diabetic friend - really appreciated it. Tasty and good for you - what more can you ask for?

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

This is a keeper!

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