Monday, February 21, 2011

Friday: Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms and Spinach

Pin It Now! Since I landed such a good deal on spaghetti squash last week, I need to get creative with it.  This dish sounds amazing!  All my faves.  And it would be very easy to convert to vegetarian by simply omitting the chicken.  I may serve with some bread or a small salad.  **note:  even if you're not a fan of squash, you should really give this particular squash a chance.  It does not have a strong flavor to it and basically picks up the flavors of the dish itself.  Be daring!**

You can also save time by cooking the squash in the microwave. 

  • YIELD: 6 Servings
  • COURSE: Main Dishes
  • (3.5-pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • Poblano pepper
  • 8 ounces sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup cup julienne sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
  • 1 1/4 cup cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1. Preheat broiler.
  • Cut poblano in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 5 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 5 minutes. Peel and chop.
  • 3. Reduce oven temperature to 400 °.
  • 4. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash halves cut side down in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Add water to measure 1/2-inch deep. Bake at 400 ° for 45 minutes. Turn squash over; bake an additional 15 minutes or until tender; cool. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove strands to measure 6 cups. Keep warm.
  • 5. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Cool and crumble. Increase heat to medium-high; sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to drippings in pan and cook 4 minutes; remove from pan.
  • 6. Heat remaining 11/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan and cook 3 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, reserved bacon, Poblano, garlic and Italian seasoning to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms and cook 4 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add wine to pan and cook 3 minutes or until liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute stirring constantly. Add reserved chicken, chicken broth, tomatoes, and spinach to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly; stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Place about 1 cup squash on each of 6 plates; top each serving with about 1 cup chicken mixture and 2 teaspoons remaining cheese.

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