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Mediterranean Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

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

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

  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove from the skillet.
  • 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.
  • When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands. Serve with chicken mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 340 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 656mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.
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  • 7833louis
    Nov 12, 2016

    I've made this several times now, and each time is different, reflecting what I have on hand. My favorite way is to reduce the flour to 1T, use 1/3 c heavy whipping cream instead, and put the leek in with the broth, wine, and cream. The leek comes out a little crunchy, which is what we prefer. I also use lemon thyme instead. (I grow it.)

  • TJCaudill01
    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.

  • allaa
    Mar 31, 2015

    Very tasty! will do again! thank you

  • fascinator
    Feb 28, 2015

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

  • meaganteal
    Jan 11, 2015

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

  • sgisi
    Oct 21, 2014

    This is delicious!

  • AGanskopp
    Mar 20, 2014

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

  • mneff
    Oct 1, 2012

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

  • modernmo0nlight
    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!

  • taffy45431
    Jan 3, 2012

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