Healthy Buffalo Chicken Casserole

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This recipe has me all excited! I was craving buffalo chicken recently, but I wanted it to be healthy! I decided to see what I had on hand to try to get that flavor while still filling my body with lots of nutrition. I found some spaghetti squash, chicken, pumpkin, carrots, onion, coconut milk, and eggs. Huh…well I figured throw in some spices, and lets see what we can do. Guys, I even surprised myself with how good this turned out! And it totally hit the spot in terms of my craving!

I love spaghetti squash, because it can lend itself to so many different dishes, and it’s great for you! Why? Well, take a look at this lil’ pin and find out!

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Awesome, right?! With this as one of the main ingredients of this dish, you know it’s gonna be good! Plus, all the other ingredients are great for you too! I used chicken, spaghetti squash, carrots, and onion for the base of the casserole, and then I made a sauce out of pumpkin, eggs, coconut milk, and spices. It actually ended up tasting like there was cheese in there, but there’s not any! You could add some, I suppose, but you really don’t need to…I think the coconut milk gives it a creamy texture, and with the spices, it tastes a lot like there’s cheese in there already. At any rate, it’s DELISH, and you will absolutely love it!

BUFFALO CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Ingredients:

  • 1 very large spaghetti squash, or 1 1/2 smaller spaghetti squash
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1.5 – 2 lbs chicken, cooked and shredded into bite size pieces…you can use chicken breast or thigh. I used thigh, because it was what I had on hand, but I think breast would go even better with this dish.
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • pinch – 1/4 tsp. of ground red pepper (optional – amount is up to you too – more = hotter/spicier)
  • sea salt for seasoning
  • Olive oil for cooking

Directions:

1.) Heat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds, and brush with olive oil. Place face down on the baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes at 400 degrees. When done, take out of the oven, and reduce the heat to 380 degrees. Let the squash cool till you can handle them comfortably. Use a fork to shred the insides onto a clean dishtowel. Use the dish towel to wrap around the squash, and squeeze as much moisture out of the squash as you can. Set aside.

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2.) While the squash is baking, heat 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and let cook till it starts to sweat – about 3-5 minutes. Add the carrots, and allow to cook until the carrots begin to become tender, about another 7-10 minutes. Set aside.

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3.) In a small bowl, stir together, the pumpkin, coconut milk, and spices. In another small bowl, whisk the eggs. Pour the eggs into the pumpkin mixture, and stir to combine completely.

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4.) Use olive oil to oil a 9×11 baking dish. Line the bottom of the dish with parchment paper. Place the spaghetti squash, carrots and onions, and chicken in the baking dish. Stir to combine. Top with the pumpkin and egg sauce. Stir in to combine completely. Spread out evenly in the dish.

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5.) Bake in the oven at 380 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let sit for about 5 minutes.

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6.) Use a spatula to cut into square servings and transfer to a plate. Season with sea salt. Eat as is, or stir it all up to have more of a “messy” dish.

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YUM!!! Enjoy! ūüôā

Spaghetti Squash and Chicken Casserole

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Spaghetti squash is one of my FAVORITES! ¬†SO yummy, and I love how filling it is! ¬†Of course, if you’ve ever even laid eyes on my blog before, you know I am going to now share the health benefits of this awesome squash with you in the following pin!

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Now, do you see why I love this stuff?!?  This casserole has plenty of spaghetti squash as well as other healthy ingredients like onion and chicken breast.

I made this for dinner, but after eating it I think it would make a great breakfast casserole as well.  Really any time of the day, this stuff is GREAT!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash, cut into rings and seeded
  • 1 large red onion, chopped into thin slices
  • 1.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 oz soft goat cheese
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the spaghetti squash rings on the sheet.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and bake in the oven for 40  minutes.

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2.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken and cook for 30 minutes.  Remove the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.  Set aside.

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3.) Heat the 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.  Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until tender.  Add the chicken and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is very lightly browned.

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4.) While everything is cooking, create a sauce in a medium bowl by combining the coconut milk, eggs, cheese and garlic granules.  Stir until smooth and well combined.

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5.) Once the spaghetti squash is done baking, take out of the oven and remove the skins.  Use a fork to break the squash into strings.  Spray a 8 by 11 baking dish with olive oil.  Place the squash in the bowl followed by the onions and chicken.  Stir to combine.  Pour the sauce over top and stir to disperse evenly.

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6.) Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 50 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

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7.) Allow to set for 5-10 minutes, then use a knife and spatula to cut into pieces to serve.  Season with sea salt and pepper.

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AWESOME! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Spaghetti Squash and Chicken Dinner

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This dinner is incredibly simple, but it is SO yummy and filling, and it makes for a perfect fall meal! ¬†I’m pretty sure I could eat this everyday with how delicious it is! ¬†Spaghetti squash is so fun to work with, and it it so tasty! ¬†Of course, the best part is that it is really good for you! ¬†The following pin lists some of its health benefits!

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The spaghetti squash along with the other healthy ingredients in this dish make for a wonderful dinner! ¬†Without further ado, let’s get to the recipe!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND CHICKEN DINNER

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1.25 lbs. chicken breast
  • 4-5 cups baby spinach
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2-3 oz. goat cheese

Directions

1.) Start by baking your chicken: Drizzle a baking dish with olive oil.  Add the chicken breasts, sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt.  Flip the chicken breast over and sprinkle the other side with garlic powder and sea salt.  Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes until cooked through.

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2.) Prepare your spaghetti squash: Chop the ends off of the squash, then cut into rings about 1 inch thick.  Run a knife in a circle around the center of each ring to remove the seeds and pulp.

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3.) Bake your spaghetti squash: Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Drizzle the parchment paper with olive oil.  Place the squash rings on the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt.  Flip the squash rings over and sprinkle the other side with garlic powder and sea salt.  Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Take out, set aside, and let cool for about 10 minutes.

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4.) When the chicken is done, cut into small bite size pieces.  Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the chicken pieces, vinegar, and honey.  Stir to coat.  Add the spinach, and cook until wilted.  Turn the heat off, but leave the pan on the burner.

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5.) Take your squash rings, and peel off the skin, then use a fork to scrape the squash rings into spaghetti.  Add the spaghetti squash to the pan, and stir to mix.

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6.) Add the goat cheese and season with sea salt.  Transfer to a plate or bowl and serve.

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Delicious! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā