Yield: 5-6 servings
Prep time: Approx. 10-15min. in total!
Cook time: Squash- 1 hour
1 Medium/Lg. Spaghetti Squash
4T. Butter or Oil
1 clove of garlic (minced or crushed)
1 1/2#- 2# of Boneless Chicken (Chopped) **Save time and purchase already cut-up!
4 T. flour
Salt & White Pepper (or regular pepper if you don't have White)
1 3/4 cup (14.5 oz can) Chicken broth or stock
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 14oz. can of Artichoke Hearts (Drained & chopped)
**Optional: about 3/4 cup of Frozen cooked spinach
1T Parsley (minced) or can use dried parsley as well
2 T. + of Plain Greek Yogurt
Garnish: Grated Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 350F
1) An hour or more prior to serving your dinner, bake the Spaghetti Squash. Cut the squash in half length-wise, hollow out the seeds, and place flat-side down on a foil lined sheet tray. Place in a 350F oven for approx. 1 hour, (can check for doneness at 45min. using a fork.) When the squash is done, remove from the oven, allow to cool for about 10min., and using a fork, pull up the "noodles" by running the fork lengthwise back and forth on both halves. Place squash "noodles" in a separate bowl, and discard the rinds.
2) When the squash has been in the oven for about 30min., you can begin making the sauce.
Heat the butter on medium heat in a large saute or sauce pan. Add the garlic and chicken when the butter is melted, and cook. When the chicken looks cooked, sprinkle in the flour, combine, and allow to cook for about 1-2min- making sure to stir! (This is basically making a "roux".) Slowly de-glaze the pan by pouring in a little bit of the chicken broth/ stock at a time- stirring well to incorporate the "roux" so there are no lumps. After all of the broth or stock is in, add the zest and lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add the artichokes and spinach at this time as well. Turn the heat down to low, and allow to simmer for about 10min.
Before removing from the heat to serve, finish with the parsley and yogurt, stir well to combine.
3) When ready to serve, simply place some of the squash "noodles" on your plate, (or in a bowl), and spoon some of the sauce over the top. Garnish with some grated Parmesan Cheese, or additional lemon zest or fresh parsley, and voila!
A fresh salad, or some garlic bread/ sliced baguettes, would also be fabulous to serve along with this dish!