Tasty Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Squash is a lower carb, lower-cal version of a classic favorite!

A layer of spaghetti squash is topped with a rich tomato sauce, juicy chunks of chicken, and of course lots of cheese. Bake this dish until bubbly and serve with a fresh side salad!

A serving of spaghetti squash chicken parmesan.

Spaghetti Squash

This is a simple casserole with the flavors of our favorite easy chicken parmesan recipe.   Save time by prepping all of your ingredients as your spaghetti squash cooks.

  1. Cook spaghetti squash (bake or microwave).
  2. Brown chicken and simmer in marinara sauce or pasta sauce.
  3. Place spaghetti squash in a casserole dish, top with tomato sauce and cheese. Bake until bubbly.

The perfect dish when it’s cold outside and the fam is hungry for something filling and healthy. Serve with a side of homemade garlic bread for the perfect Italian meal!

Three images showing the steps to layer the Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Don’t be by spaghetti squash- it’s easy to prepare!

Prep: Spaghetti squash can be very hard to cut in half (especially the larger ones). I often ask at the grocery and they’ll cut it for you. If not, poke it with a fork and microwave it whole for 3-5 minutes. This will make it easier to cut.

Oven: Once cut in half, scrape out the seeds, brush with olive oil, and roast cut side down for 45-60 minutes.

Microwave: If running short on time you can always skip the roasting and cook spaghetti squash in the microwave!

How to Make Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Once the spaghetti squash has been roasted, it’s easy to create those long, stringy noodles!  Use a fork to lightly scrape the flesh out inside and watch the magic happen!  Season with salt and pepper or a little olive oil and serve just as you would regular spaghetti… with fewer calories and carbs!

Baked Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Casserole

What to Serve with Parmesan Chicken

Spaghetti Squash Casserole (including this one) is a full meal in one pan.  Add a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and parsley and, voila, dinner is served!

To keep it low carb, serve with a crisp tossed salad or and Italian salad. If you’re not low carbin’ add in a crusty baguette to soak up the pasta sauce.  A side of sautéed brussels sprouts with garlic would round out this healthy feast!

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Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Squash on a white plate

Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Squash is a filling and healthy dish for the whole family!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 375
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash 2-3 lbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce or pasta sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes canned with juice

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon parsley fresh
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Mix all topping ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and drizzle the cut side with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down and bake 60 minutes or just until tender (or microwave per notes below).
  • Meanwhile, season chicken with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add chicken and cook 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Add marinara sauce, 1 tablespoon tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove spaghetti squash from the oven and run a fork along the flesh to separate into strands. Toss with butter and salt & pepper.
  • Spoon spaghetti squash into a casserole dish and cover with the chicken mixture. Top with cheese and topping mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.

Notes

To microwave spaghetti squash

  • Slice from top to bottom lengthwise, remove seeds with a spoon and discard.
  • Place squash in a casserole dish with 1/4 cup water and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave 6-10 minutes or until the squash is easily pierced through the skin with a fork. Proceed with recipe as directed.

If you have extra sauce, heat on the stove and serve on the side if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 375 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1069mg | Potassium: 1144mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1079IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 3mg
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Chicken parmesan spaghetti squash casserole.
A serving of chicken parmesan spaghetti squash casserole

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