Friday, January 22, 2016

RECIPIE: Chicken Parm Spaghetti Squash

The first time I tried to make spaghetti squash didn't go to well. I think I just microwaved it and called it a meal. I always wanted to try it again, but my hubs swore he never would eat again.  After seeing this TASTY video on my facebook feed for the 100th time, I decided to try it and well if the hubs didn't want to eat it... cereal is always available.

The verdict: It turned out really good.  Sure good ol' carb filled noodles would be better, but, as an alternative it was very tasty. It will definitely be going on the rotation list. 

The video is actually very good at describing what to do, so I suggest you watch that, but here is a quick summary of everything:

The Ingredients:
Large Spaghetti Squash 
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts /cut into stripsAn EggFlourItalian Style Breadcrumbs Marinara SauceShredded Mozzarella CheeseGrated Parmesan CheeseItalian SeasoningSaltPepperOil for frying

The How To (stolen from - I really couldn't describe it better myself.

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). Scoop out the seeds - brush with oil, salt, and pepper, - and roast face down in a preheated oven at 375˚F (190˚C) for 35-40 minutes (until a fork can easily pierce the skin). 

Meanwhile, slice the chicken breasts into strips. Place flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls. Coat each strip with flour, then egg, and then roll in bread crumbs. 
Heat a well-oiled skillet over medium/high heat. Fry the chicken strips (in batches if necessary) until golden brown on all sides and cooked through. Set aside on paper towels. 

Once the squash has finished roasting - remove from the oven and let it set for a few minutes before turing over and pulling at it with a fork. Shred the inside of each squash, being careful not to poke through the skin. Pour marinara sauce over shredded squash. Top with chicken strips, then 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. 


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