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Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Simple and healthy Spaghetti Squash Boats stuffed with creamy chicken, bacon, spinach, and cheese. A healthy, comforting meal!


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


  1. Bake the squash: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tablespoons water into the baking sheet (this prevents sticking). Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the squash flesh is fork-tender and the skin gives a little when pressed. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake until the cheesy is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve hot, sprinkled with additional fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

  • 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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Stuffed Squash Recipe, Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4)) — Calories: 291, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 680mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 35g

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