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Creamy Chicken And Bacon Pasta

Creamy Chicken And Bacon Pasta

Here’s another one to add to the lists of recipes you never thought would be healthy: pasta with chicken and bacon in cream sauce! With a little Paleo ingenuity, the whole thing gets transformed into a dairy-free, vegetable-heavy treat that still tastes great (in fact, you might even prefer it).

If you’re an old hand at the Paleo game, you can already guess how this works: spaghetti squash stands in for the pasta, and coconut milk adds a completely dairy-free creamy effect. And don’t worry about accidentally making a tropical fusion chicken bacon pasta with the coconut milk: it doesn’t have that strong of a flavor and it works very well here to add some richness without being overwhelmingly coconutty.

If you don’t have any pre-cooked bacon, you could easily cook the bacon while the squash is cooling, between Step 7 and Step 8 of the directions. Then just continue with everything else as directed. This could make a complete meal all by itself, so you don’t even need to worry about a side dish unless you specifically want something else; just serve and enjoy!

Creamy Chicken And Bacon Pasta Recipe

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

Notice

Protein: 47g / %

Carbs: 26g / %

Fat: 32g / %

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

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Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded;
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, boneless and skinless;
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cooked;
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked;
  • 1 onion, minced;
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced;
  • 1 ½ cups full fat coconut milk;
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Creamy Pasta preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Lightly oil the spaghetti squash with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the squash, cut side down, on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the flesh is soft.
  4. Heat some cooking fat over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Season chicken breast to taste.
  5. Cook the chicken breast for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, until browned and no longer pink.
  6. Let the chicken rest, and cut into thin slices.
  7. Remove the squash from the oven and set aside until cool enough to be easily handled.
  8. Use a large fork or spoon to scoop the stringy flesh from the squash and place it in a bowl.
  9. Add minced garlic and onion to the skillet and cook until soft and fragrant. Add coconut milk, bring to a boil, and lower heat.
  10. Add the squash, bacon, broccoli, and chicken to the sauce. Stir well to combine, and cook until warmed through.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.