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Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale is a squeaky clean and satisfying meal, loaded with zesty, rustic flavor! Perfect for those who love to eat clean, or folks who follow a ketogenic, whole30, or Paleo lifestyle.

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale - paleo, whole30, keto, and easy to make for a healthy dinner recipe

I made this recipe for the first time back in 2014, and it has not only been a staple ever since, it has also inspired many-a-spaghetti-squash recipe.

For instance, my Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash, Mixed Vegetable Spaghetti Squash Marinara, and Spaghetti Squash Bolognese all employ the same concept: spaghetti squash + loads of saucy goodness.

It covers all the bases! It’s loaded with protein and antioxidants from the chicken and kale. The spaghetti squash provides a low-carb alternative to pasta and contains complex carbs and fiber, and the saturated fat content is low, which makes this healthy dinner recipe perfect for those who are mindful about their macros.

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, kale, mushrooms, garlic and onion - a healthy low-carb dinner recipe

This clean and straight-forward recipe is marvelous for a myriad of eaters. Doing a Whole30? This will not just sustain you, it will bring you life! Enjoy a clean eating, paleolithic, or keto lifestyle? This x 100!

How about we make it?

Chicken Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Mushrooms - an easy healthy dinner recipe that is paleo, low-carb and whole30

How to Make Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken:

Begin by roasting the spaghetti squash. To do so, you can follow my instructions on How to Roast Spaghetti Squash.

roasted spaghetti squash

While the squash is roasting, prepare the rest of the recipe. Heat the avocado oil to medium-high and add the onion. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion is deeply brown, and almost caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. If at any point the onion begins to burn, reduce the heat to medium-low and add broth to deglaze the pan.

Add the garlic,  mushrooms, and chicken and continue cooking until the mushrooms have softened and the chicken has browned slightly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, thyme, sea salt, and lemon zest and bring to a full but gentle boil. Add the kale leaves and cover the skillet. Cook until kale has wilted and chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Once the spaghetti squash has finished roasting, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool enough to handle. Use a fork to release the spaghetti strands from the squash and place them in a large bowl.

Transfer the chicken mixture to the bowl with the squash and toss everything together until combined. Taste for flavor and add sea salt, and/or lemon juice to taste.

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, kale, mushrooms, and onion - an easy healthy low-carb dinner recipe

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Omit the onion and garlic to make recipe low-FODMAP.
  • Replace the chicken with 1 pound of ground beef or turkey.
  • Add more vegetables – broccoli and/or cauliflower would be great!
  • If you eat dairy, add feta cheese crumbles or grated parmesan cheese.

More Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes:

Enjoy this squeaky clean dinner recipe!

Chicken Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Mushrooms - an easy healthy dinner recipe that is paleo, low-carb and whole30

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale is a nourishing dinner recipe packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash, roasted
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil, (or olive oil)
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves large garlic, minced
  • 3 cups baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped into sixths
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 large chicken breasts, sliced into strips, about 1 to 1.5 lbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups kale leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Roast the spaghetti squash using these instructions and set aside until ready to use
  2. While the squash is roasting, prepare the rest of the recipe. Heat the avocado oil to medium-high and add the onion. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion is deeply brown, and almost caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. If at any point the onion begins to burn, reduce the heat to medium-low and add broth to deglaze the pan.
  3. Add the garlic,  mushrooms, and chicken and continue cooking until the mushrooms have softened and the chicken has browned slightly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, thyme, sea salt, and lemon zest and bring to a full but gentle boil. Add the kale leaves and cover the skillet. Cook until kale has wilted and chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Once the spaghetti squash has finished roasting, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool enough to handle. Use a fork to release the spaghetti strands from the squash and place them in a large bowl.
  5. Transfer the chicken mixture to the bowl with the squash and toss everything together until combined. Taste for flavor and add sea salt, and/or lemon juice to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 of 3
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 42g

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Angela

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Truly delicious .... loved this, such a flavorful dish - I didnโ€™t have any kale so used broccoli and zucchini .... definitely do again ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Kathy Hughes

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

I wish you would allow us to send this recipe. Most all other sites do except you. I find it exasperating!!

Julia

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Hi Kathy,

I'm not sure what you mean by sending the recipe. Could you please explain?

Sylvia W

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

This sounds lovely, and I expect to make it within the week. However I no longer save recipes in bookmarks - too many to actually find anything, ditto my pdf "print" copies, so I finally started using Pinterest to keep them organized and accessible.....but suddenly no Pinterest access to this site?!? Neither a link, nor hovering over the photos opens access. Was this deliberate for some reason, or a glitch? Hoping for the best and bookmarking, but that has become a black hole :-/

Sylvia W

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

@Julia, As of this evening everything is working properly again. The option shows up when I hover over a picture, and the new widget which offers sharing options is back as well (it was nowhere to be found as of my attempts this morning), so yay for things being back to normal <3

Julia

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Hi Sylvie!

Oh strange!! I don't know what the situation is with pinterest. I'm getting traffic from pinterest and when I go on pinterest, I'm able to click through my pins to the site. Feel free to email me a screenshot if you'd like!: roastedrootfood@gmail.com

Jean

Monday 4th of January 2021

Am I to assume one onion 1/4 inch slice?

Julia

Monday 4th of January 2021

Thanks for catching that, Jean! Yes, that's correct :)

Colleen

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Man this was so awesome! The boyfriend licked the plate when he thought I was looking....lol I would definately call this a 2 thumbs up! Thx!

Julia

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

Yaaaay I'm so happy to hear it, Colleen! It's definitely one of those meals I can eat over and over again ;) So glad you and your boyfriend liked it! xo

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