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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Squash

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Squash

If you thought spaghetti squash pasta was easy, get ready for something even easier: here, you don’t even have to scoop out the flesh. This Mexican-inspired recipe takes the insides of an enchilada from a tortilla to a roasted spaghetti squash, with the squash doubling as a serving bowl. Don’t be fooled by the relatively long cooking time – most of that is just waiting for the squash to cook while you do whatever else you want.

Once the squash halves are done roasting, fill them with a homemade enchilada sauce and a quick mixture of chicken and vegetables, and you’re good to go. You can even use leftover chicken – it’s a great way finish off a roasted bird or just make your leftovers into something that isn’t chicken salad.

To finish it all off with something fresh, the stuffed squash halves get a topping of salsa and crunchy green onions. It’s surprisingly easy to find junk-free store-bought salsa if you can get one without corn in it (corn is a grain; it isn’t Paleo). Or use your favorite recipe to make your own. Serve this to kids and watch it disappear, or just make it when you’re in need of something fast and simple.

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Squash Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 20 min.Cooking time COOK: 45 min.

Notice

Protein: 43g / %

Carbs: 19g / %

Fat: 20g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.

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Ingredients

  • 2 small spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded;
  • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded;
  • 2 bell peppers, diced;
  • 1 red onion, diced;
  • 1 garlic clove, minced;
  • Homemade fresh salsa;
  • Green onions, sliced;
  • Olive oil;
  • Cooking fat (either more olive oil or another Paleo cooking fat);
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Simple Enchilada Sauce Ingredients

  • 8 oz. tomato sauce;
  • 1 cup water;
  • ¼ cup chili powder;
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin;
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder;
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Stuffed Squash preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Brush the inner flesh of the spaghetti squash with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place in the oven and roast, skin side up, for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Next, make the sauce. In a saucepan placed over medium heat, stir together the tomato sauce, water, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes.
  6. During the last few minutes of cooking the sauce, melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Cook the garlic and onion for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Add the bell pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
  9. Combine the chicken, enchilada sauce,  and peppers and onions. Mix everything together, and cook until everything is warmed through.
  10. Divide the mixture equally between the spaghetti squash. Place the stuffed squash in the oven and broil 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Served topped with fresh salsa and green onions.