Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
Reviews for Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash
"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."
"Very tasty! will do again! thank you"
"This was delicious. Spaghetti squash combined with chicken was good."
"Very good! Was easy to make. My kids didn't care for it, but they are little and super picky."
"This is delicious!"
"I made this for my husband and a friend and it quickly disappeared!"
"This is a really good healthy meal. I used boneless thighs, onion instead of leeks, and 2% milk. Delicious!"
"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!"
"Really great, especially serving our diabetic friend - really appreciated it. Tasty and good for you - what more can you ask for?"
"This is a keeper!"
"Tried this recipe once and my husband and I really liked it."
"Made this yesterday and it was wonderful. Only thing I did different was use more broth."
"I had two spaghetti squash and was planning to try two different recipes, but this was so good, I made it twice."
"Delicious - the whole family loved it!"
"Excellent meal. The whole family loved it. Different flavors, a nice change of pace from the usuals."
"Wonderful flavors! My husband said this is definitely a keeper!"
"Wonderful meal, flavor combinations were outstanding."
"outstanding dish - big flavors and very satisfying - definitely a keeper"
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.