I’m not sure what exactly we did to offend the sun in Milwaukee, but it went on solar strike for nearly two consecutive weeks. By the sixth day of gray skies, my mood began to turn equally gloomy, so I decided to warm things up around the house however I could. I turned on peppy music, cranked up the thermostat, and added homey, comforting recipes such as these cheesy Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken and Bacon to our menu.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken, Bacon, Spinach, and Garlic. A healthy, low carb meal that tastes just like chicken alfredo! Easy, gluten free, and absolutely delicious. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Is the weather a dominant topic of conversation where you live too? It comes up often in Wisconsin. Yes, the weather is the ultimate go-to for easy small talk, but I suspect that its popularity is also due to the mutual relief that can be found in knowing that others find the cold and gray as abysmal as you do.

I wonder if people in California or Florida talk about the weather with the same frequency. Can you bond over moderate temps and abundant sunshine the way you can over frigid air and permaclouds?

While I can’t give you that answer, I can say with certainty that, no matter the temperature and region, we can all unite around simple, delicious weeknight dinners such as these Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken and Bacon. They’re comforting enough for a cold Wisconsin night while being healthy enough to be appropriate for a lighter evening meal (just like this Spaghetti Squash Lasagna).

Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken, Bacon, and Cheese. Easy and DELICIOUS. A healthy, low carb meal that your whole family will love. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

About These Spaghetti Squash Boats

These Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken and Bacon remind me of chicken Alfredo, without the heaviness and excess. Like chicken Alfredo, they are creamy, cheesy, and satisfying, but (unlike chicken Alfredo) they are well-balanced and won’t send you into a total food coma afterwards.

Instead of pasta, these spaghetti squash boats rely on the roasted spaghetti squash itself, which shreds into thin, noodle-like strands. Alfredo’s signature heavy cream is replaced by protein-packed Greek yogurt. The chicken is juicy and garlicky, and a handful of sautéed spinach gives the dish beautiful color and an extra serving of veg.

Spaghetti Squash Boats with Bacon, Chicken, and Cheese. Easy, low carb, and healthy! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

To keep things from becoming *too* virtuous (we are still going for comfort food, after all), I topped the spaghetti squash boats with a shower of extra-crispy bacon. I love the way the crunchy pieces contrast with the melty cheese and creamy chicken, and the bacon’s smoky flavor makes these boats a little more special too. I love it so much that I also created this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole.

It’s been sunny all week here (AT LAST), so I’ve been spending extra time outside, face pointed right into that big, beautiful sun. According to the grocery store cashier, radio DJ, morning talk show hosts, and check-in lady at my gym (all of whom mentioned the weather in the last 24 hours), the clouds are due to hold off for a bit longer. And when they return? I’ll be ready with a big, warm serving of Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken and Bacon.

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken, Bacon, and Cheese. Easy, low carb, and delicious! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

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Make Ahead and Storage Tips

  • To Make Ahead. The squash can be roasted and “shredded” up to 1 day in advance. The entire dish can be assembled up to 1 day in advance as well. Bake as directed just before serving.
  • To Store. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat in the oven or gently in the microwave until hot.
  • I do not recommend freezing, as the spaghetti squash will become mushy.
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken, Bacon, Spinach, and Parmesan. A healthy, low carb meal that tastes just like chicken alfredo! Easy, gluten free, and absolutely delicious. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken

4.84 from 25 votes
Simple and healthy Spaghetti Squash Boats stuffed with creamy chicken, bacon, spinach, and cheese. A healthy, comforting meal!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr 5 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Servings: 4 servings


For the Squash:

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash about 2 pounds each
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Chicken Bacon Spinach Filling:

  • 4 strips thick-sliced center-cut bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil plus additional for serving


  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roast the spaghetti squash according to this recipe for Roasted Spaghetti Squash. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan over medium and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the fat has rendered, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate and pat dry. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from the pan and increase the heat to medium high. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, then add the spinach. Stir the chicken and spinach together until the spinach wilts, then stir in the Greek yogurt, half of the mozzarella cheese, and basil.
  • Once the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to shred and fluff the inside flesh so it’s no longer attached to the walls and makes a “nest.” Divide the chicken filling evenly among the boats, using a fork to lightly mix it with the spaghetti squash. Arrange the stuffed squash on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the reserved bacon and remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake until the cheesy is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve hot, sprinkled with additional fresh basil.


  • The squash can be roasted and “shredded” up to 1 day in advance. The entire dish can be assembled up to 1 day in advance as well. Bake as directed just before serving.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Reheat in the oven or gently in the microwave. I do not recommend freezing, as the spaghetti squash will become mushy.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 35gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 680mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9g

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  1. OMG!!  Made this tonight for supper.  We ate it before we could take a picture oooops!  We halved the recipe and only had one strip of bacon left from breakfast (don’t ask why we ended up with only one strip left lol) but one strip bacon for one spaghetti squash was still enough.  It was amazing!  My sister doesn’t really enjoy the thought of spaghetti squash but tonight’s dinner has changed her mind and this is a keeper and will be made again and again and again!  Accidentally used plain yogurt instead of greek and it wasn’t as runny as I thought it would be.  I can’t wait to make this again and add mushrooms like was mentioned above.  The flavour combination was spectacular!  We had it with a simple salad.  Absolutely love this recipe!!  Recipe printed and saved for a future supper!  5 stars

  2. A recipe enjoyed by everyone I serve it to ;) I love how spaghetti squash can be served to even picky eaters. Especially due to the delicious flavors the sauce and the bacon gives to the whole meal, there are no complaints and the happy eaters even take seconds!
    The first time making, we didn’t have baby spinach and instead used frozen creamed spinach and it was also very delicious.5 stars

  3. I made this last night and it was fantastic. I added some crushed red pepper and extra basil because we like things spicy. I also added a can of drained Italian tomatoes. This is definitely a keeper. I already printed and added it into my binder of recipes that I make regularly. Thanks for the great recipe:)5 stars

  4. My family loved it! We’ll be making it again. While there were a lot of steps they could be done quickly and after the squash cooked, all at once.5 stars

  5. Hi, thanks for the recipe! I decided to use a  lasagna pan instead of the Spaghetti squash shells and although it tastes  pretty good it is not as visually pleasing. Also the pan I used  spread the cheese too thin so it never quite bubbled.  I added mushrooms like a previous reviewer suggested and  sautéed onions    I also prepared the chicken on a grill pan for extra flavor and char. It took me a while to prepare so I’m not sure I will attempt this on a weeknight again but overall very good dish.  I appreciate your creativity and incorporating squash. Thanks again! 4 stars

      1. I had some already cooked but frozen chicken breasts and already seasoned, added bacon, mushrooms and onions sauteed it added the spinach and yogurt and put my spaghetti squash in a pan and added it all together with mozzarella. Will be adding this to the low fat list5 stars

  6. I laugh when people say “I made your recipe,” and then change it all up, but this is me today. I was looking for a spaghetti squash recipe and found this. I went to the store to get the ingredients but could not for the life of me find a small carton of plain yogurt! I decided to leave it out.  I roasted the squash while I raked the final leaves from my yard and then came in to make dinner. I forgot to get the chicken from the freezer so decided to use shrimp. I also added mushrooms. It turned our delicious!  So the basic recipe was yours, with no yogurt, added shrimp and mushrooms. ? Yummy! 5 stars

  7. My husband hates vegetables, and alfredo. (I adore both) I made this before we sold the house & moved in to a 35’ camper full time. Never expecting him to try it, he ate half the squash!! It’s a hit, and is quick & easy to whip up in limited space. A delicious favorite of us both!! Thank you for posting it!5 stars

  8. My son is autistic and adhd. He has suffered from sensory issues since he was 3. Food has been a constant battle for years. I started food chaining about 4-5 years ago and now he’s 9, he has become so much more adventurous and all of the hard work has paid off! He saw your recipe online and said hey mom let’s try this! So I made it, no spinach, we’re not there yet, and he LOVED it. This was the first time he had ever tried spaghetti squash. Even my husband who has always said he hates spaghetti squash said he loved it and asked me to make it again. Thank you so much for this recipe. It will be a weekly meal in our home and it will help introduce newer and healthier foods as we continue food chaining and overcoming all of his sensory challenges. ❤️5 stars

  9. Delicious but I altered it somewhat. I used peameal bacon, more spinach, and added pesto only for topping seasoning.I served it to someone not keen on veggies and he loved it.5 stars

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