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chicken bacon alfredo (paleo)

October 11, 2012

 

When I first saw this dish, I drooled. Literally drooled. I have yet to use spaghetti squash and with fall now upon us, what better time? The recipe from PaleoOMG seems relatively easy and it only takes 35 minutes to get it all ready to eat. Delicious!

Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1 larger delicata squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1/2lb chicken tenders
  • 4-6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat your 425 degrees.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash and delicata squash in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and excess threads. Don’t be dainty.
  3. Place open side down on a baking sheet (use aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean up) and cook for 20-25 minutes. You will know when they are done cooking when you can poke the outside skin and it ‘gives’ a bit.
  4. Now you can either cook your chicken at the same time or after the squash is done cooking. Whatever you’d like. Just place chicken on a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet, sprinkle some olive oil over the chicken (or other kind of fat), salt and pepper it, and sprinkle just a bit of basil on top. Easy peasy. I cooked my tenders for around 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. Once your squash is done cooking, pull it out of the oven, dethread the spaghetti squash into a large bowl with a fork. Go against the grain, if spaghetti squash had grain.
  6. Now throw your diced bacon into a skillet and cook until done. Use a slotted spoon to pull out your cooked bacon, but leave behind the grease.
  7. Take your delicata squash and hollow it out. Unless you want to eat the skin, be my guest. If you’re smart though, you’ll just use the insides and dump them into your warm skillet filled with bacon grease. Then add your coconut milk. You may need to add a little bit more coconut milk depending on how runny you like your sauce. Mix thoroughly with a ladle to break up the squash a bit.
  8. Add seasonings to the mix and salt and pepper as needed. Mix thoroughly and cook on low for about 5 minutes to simmer.
  9. Now dice up your cooked chicken.
  10. Pour sauce over spaghetti squash and add your chicken to the mix.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Top with bacon.

*This recipe and photo from PaleOMG

 

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