Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo

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Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo

Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo has become a favorite of mine and is a great alternative to pasta.  Regular pasta does not have much flavor to begin with, so replacing it wit ...

Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo has become a favorite of mine and is a great alternative to pasta.  Regular pasta does not have much flavor to begin with, so replacing it with a vegetable is quite easy. Creaminess and flavor of alfredo are retained in this recipe but fettucine is replaced with a nutritious vegetable. Your body will feel much better after eating this and not like it’s naptime (Olive Garden feels, anyone?)

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo

Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo is relatively easy to make. See Budget Bytes’ post on how to slow cook a squash, making the process much easier. Other than cooking the squash, you can make this meal come together in 15 minutes. Prepare ahead of time using a slow cooker or just plan ahead to make this a quick meal. 

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Spaghetti squash is a little watery and will thin the sauce placed upon it. Alfredo is thick and creamy, so in this case it works well together. Using a red tomato sauce with squash may cause a watery dish. You can strain the water out of the spaghetti squash after it has cooled with a cheesecloth or tea towel, if you prefer. 

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You could also cook the chicken ahead of time (especially in an instant pot), so it is ready and can be thrown together with the cooked mushrooms and sauce instantaneously. 

Mushrooms don’t appear to be a preference to many people, so don’t bother putting them in if you don’t prefer them. Flavor is deep with mushrooms relative to the creaminess so they are the chosen ones. Zucchini or asparagus could be used instead, or just chicken. 

Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

You’d expect the alfredo sauce to be the unhealthy part because of the butter and milk. On the contrary, it is the pasta that is less nutritious. Butter has plenty of benefits and so does whole fat milk (see my post here on how fats don’t make us fat). Pasta can cause a spike in blood sugar, leading to other issues over time (another post on carbs). You can expect a lot of calories for less benefit when consuming pasta. Typically pasta is fortified with B vitamins and folate, though these can come from natural sources just as well. Spaghetti squash has a ton of nutrients while also being low in calories if you care about it. 

  • Antioxidants (vitamin A&C) for immunity and reduced cancer risk
  • Vitamin B6 for healthy nerves
  • Fiber for digestion
  • Manganese for strong bones and potassium for healthy muscles
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy cells

Fresh Flavors: Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo is a nutritious, healthy alternative to the classic pasta dish.

 

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Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo
Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo is a nutritious, healthy alternative to the classic pasta dish
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo
Instructions
Bake Spaghetti Squash
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Brush olive oil, salt and pepper on each half. Put face down on foiled sheet (for easy clean up). Bake up to 45 minutes or until it easily "spaghettis" with a fork
Cook Chicken & Mushrooms
  1. Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add sliced mushrooms and cook. Add cut chicken and cook until no longer pink. Alternatively, bake chicken in the oven while the squash is cooking, about 20-30 minutes
Cook Alfredo Sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour to the melted butter and use a whisk to mix. Add the milk and whisk, do not let it burn. Once the milk is heated and a little thicker, add the cheeses and whisk them in until melted. If too thin, add more flour. If too thick, add more milk
Recipe Notes

You can sub half & half or heavy cream for the whole milk. I have not tried any non-dairy milks for this recipe.

I like to cook the chicken in the instant pot or crock pot if there's time, so it shreds easily and it's ready to go.

Feel free to use any veggie in place of the mushroom or none at all.

 

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Comments ( 20 )

  1. ReplyHailey
    What a great alternative. I'll be trying this for sure. It looks absolutely delicious. Yummy.
  2. Replyanvita
    I do believe that the good fats don;t make you fat. I like to use squash in a lot of my recipes too. My son is very fond of it.
  3. ReplyPaige
    I have been wanting to try spaghetti squash and this looks like a good introductory recipe!
  4. ReplyKatie Foley
    I love new ways to cook with spaghetti squash! I think its so underrated and is honestly one of the most versatile vegetables! Kind of like cauliflower. This looks amazing!
  5. ReplyCarrie Drobnick
    I am excited to try this...I am looking for healthier choices for the hubs and I as we are getting older. I am not a bog fan of squash but I a m willing to try this. It looks yummy!!!
    • ReplyMindy Voet
      Awesome! Good thing it doesn't taste much like squash with sauce on it!
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  7. ReplyCharlotte
    Yum, this looks delicious! I've been wanting to try spaghetti squash for a long time :)
  8. ReplyMaria @ kitchenathoskins
    Great indulgent alternative to that high calorie dish:)
  9. ReplyDeborah
    Love spaghetti squash and always looking for new recipes! This looks delish! Can't wait to try it!
  10. ReplyTracie
    I use spaghetti squash for my spaghetti. I have never thought to use it for any other pasta dish. This dish will be added to my meal plan. Looks delish
    • ReplyMindy Voet
      I agree, I hadn't though of it until recently. Was stuck on spaghetti! Hope you enjoy!
  11. ReplyVicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    Yum! I have been wanting to try spaghetti squash and this looks like a perfect way to try it!
  12. ReplyBarbara
    Oh! Yum. This is a perfect low-carb/ high-fat meal. It looks so healthy and delish. :)
  13. ReplyKelly
    I love spaghetti squash! This looks like a super easy recipe! I'll try it for sure!
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