This Greek Chicken Spaghetti Squash Skillet recipe is so filling and satisfying that it’s hard to believe it’s healthy. And if you’re following Weight Watchers Freestyle program, each serving is only 1 point.
This is not the first time I’ve made a spaghetti squash skillet recipe, and it definitely won’t be the last! I first fell in love with spaghetti squash when I tried this recipe, and tried turning it into a vegetarian skillet meal about a year ago.
If you’re following a low carb diet, you’ve likely discovered that spaghetti squash is a fantastic substitute for pasta. But low carb or not, this versatile squash can be mixed with almost any type of protein, as well as a variety of vegetables and sauces.
When I first starting preparing spaghetti squash, particularly stuffed spaghetti squash recipes like this enchilada version or this pesto chicken one, I was shocked at how quickly it filled me up. I could barely finish a stuffed spaghetti squash half on my own. Tons of fiber will do that to you! This Greek Chicken Spaghetti Squash Skillet recipe is no different.
How to make spaghetti squash skillet recipes:
- Cook the spaghetti squash, either in the microwave or by roasting in the oven. Let the squash rest until cool enough to handle, then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Using a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash strands.
- In a large skillet (this is my all-time favorite nonstick skillet – affiliate), cook any vegetables, protein, herbs, spices and sauce that you’re using. In the case of this recipe, I first cooked the chicken, then made a simple marinara sauce.
- Stir the spaghetti squash into the sauce and toss to combine.
- If using cheese, sprinkle it over the spaghetti squash, then pop the whole skillet under the broiler just until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.
Nutritional benefits of spaghetti squash:
- It’s a powerhouse of vitamins: A, B6, C, folate and K, to name a few.
- Low in calories and carbs, with a good amount of fiber. In 1 cup, there are about 40 calories, 8 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber.
- It’s a fantastic substitute for pasta if you’re watching your carbs or just trying to work more vegetables into your diet.
Other healthy spaghetti squash recipes:
Greek Chicken Spaghetti Squash Skillet
This Greek Chicken Spaghetti Squash Skillet recipe is so filling and satisfying that it’s hard to believe it’s healthy. 222 calories and 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
- 1 (2 lb.) spaghetti squash
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½-inch pieces
- ½ tsp salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper, divided
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
- ¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley
- 8 pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
- 3 tbsp crumbled feta cheese
- Pierce the spaghetti squash all over with a fork. Cook on HIGH in the microwave until the squash is starting to soften when pressed, about 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
- Let the spaghetti squash cool for about 10 minutes, then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Using a fork, scrape out the strands and transfer to a bowl or cutting board. Set aside.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, season with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, and cook until no longer pink in the center. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Decrease the heat to medium and heat the olive oil in the skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, oregano and red chili flakes, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, along with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Stir the chicken, Kalamata olives and parsley into the tomato sauce, just until combined. Add the spaghetti squash and toss with tongs until combined. Spread evenly in the skillet.
- Top the squash with feta cheese, then place the skillet under the broiler until the cheese is starting to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve.
Weight Watchers Points: 1 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 3 (Old SmartPoints), 6 (Points+)
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