VERY TASTY CHEESY CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH

This past weekend it felt more like summer than fall, but I’m not complaining. The snow and cold temperatures can stay away for as long as they’d like, I prefer an 80 degree day. My husband was pretty busy with work this weekend, so it gave me a lot of time to go through cookbooks that I hadn’t looked at in a while and dream up new recipes to share with you. Most of the time I get inspiration for my recipes from magazines, cooking shows or cookbooks, but once in a while I just pull one straight out of my brain that sounds good, like this Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

When I decided to make this recipe for dinner last week, I really didn’t have a plan other than I wanted to use the spaghetti squash I had and the chicken breasts that I always have. I thought back to the broccoli chicken and cheese casserole that my mom used make when we were kids. Confession, I absolutely hated it, sorry mom, but you probably already knew. I’m sure it tasted great, but I had such a dislike for broccoli back then that I wouldn’t touch it without having a full blown meltdown. Luckily I got over my dislike of broccoli and now enjoy it.

My husband isn’t a big fan of spaghetti squash, a big plate of pasta is more his style. I’ve been determined to make a spaghetti squash recipe that he would actually like and I finally nailed it! I think the key way making it creamy and cheesy that finally got him to say he liked it. The great part about this Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is that it’s uncomplicated, lighter on calories despite the cheese and total comfort food.

The one thing to remember when you make the sauce for it, is to mix the Greek yogurt in last and off the heat so that it doesn’t curdle. The yogurt makes it super creamy without having to use any milk or cream, plus it saves a ton of calories. If you want a lower carb dinner that tastes like the broccoli and chicken casserole you might remember eating as a kid, then you have to give this healthier stuffed spaghetti squash version a try!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 large chicken breast or 2 small, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like things
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 ounce 1/3 less fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Spaghetti Squash
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  4. Rub or spray the interior with oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  5. Place the halves cut side down on the baking sheet and roast in the oven for approximately 40 minutes or until a knife can be inserted in the flesh easily.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the squash cool until it can be handled.
  7. Using a fork scoop out the flesh in long strands and put them in a bowl.
  8. Place the skin/shell back on the baking sheet and set aside.
  9. Chicken and Broccoli Filling
  10. Preheat oven to broil.
  11. Spray a large non-stick skillet with oil and heat over medium high heat.
  12. When the skillet is hot add in the chicken, season with salt and pepper and sauté until cooked through.
  13. Remove the chicken from the skillet onto a plate.
  14. For tips number 14 and more please read here



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