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Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

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TJCaudill01
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"Awesome. When it came time to add flour, I needed to add (approx. 2-3 T) butter to create a roux. Added 1/2 teaspoon "Better than Broth - chicken", additional 1/4 cup extra heavy cream, and ground pepper. Otherwise, followed instructions exactly. It was delicious!! My husband liked it better than the red sauce w/Italian sausage we had the night before. I used spaghetti squash from that meal - just microwaved for 1.5 to 2 minutes. This recipe is a keeper."

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allaa
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"Very tasty! will do again! thank you"

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fascinator
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"This was delicious. Spaghetti squash combined with chicken was good."

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meaganteal
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Very good! Was easy to make. My kids didn't care for it, but they are little and super picky."

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sgisi
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"This is delicious!"

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AGanskopp
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

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

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mneff
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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modernmo0nlight
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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taffy45431
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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SherriLea
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"This is a keeper!"

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Dizzyddb
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Tried this recipe once and my husband and I really liked it."

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la210
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Made this yesterday and it was wonderful. Only thing I did different was use more broth."

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gkilzer
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I had two spaghetti squash and was planning to try two different recipes, but this was so good, I made it twice."

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Cheri Beck
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"Delicious - the whole family loved it!"

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KarenLiz
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"Excellent meal. The whole family loved it. Different flavors, a nice change of pace from the usuals."

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kaytejom
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"Wonderful flavors! My husband said this is definitely a keeper!"

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cookieface
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"Wonderful meal, flavor combinations were outstanding."

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roger80465
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"outstanding dish - big flavors and very satisfying - definitely a keeper"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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