Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Bake

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Total Time:

1 hour 45 minutes

Difficulty:

Medium

I’ll eat chicken parmesan in basically any form – but give me something that’s a bit lighter like this Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Bake and I am here for it!

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Bake from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

We’ve done chicken parmesan ever which way here on WGC over the past few years. I can’t help it. It’s truly my favorite dish of all times and the flavors that come along with it make me infinitely happy.

I’ll eat it in meatball form. Whip it up the traditional way. Load it up with some pasta. Or even throw the flavors on top of a pizza … you name it. Recently I made it into a bake with some spaghetti squash in the name of keeping things light and OMG it’s a keeper. The spaghetti squash acts exactly like a pasta and absorbs the flavors of the chicken parmesan mixture perfectly. Everything get baked into a skillet or casserole dish and topped with cheese. You can even go so far as to serve it with burrata if you want to be extra decadent!

The result is a perfectly baked Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Bake / casserole-ish dish. It comes together in no time, especially if you bake the spaghetti squash off ahead of time and then toss it into the chicken once the recipe calls for it!

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Bake from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Bake

Gaby
Imagine your fav chicken parm bake but with spaghetti squash! It's a lightened up version of one of my favorite quick and easy weeknight meals
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 ball burrata cheese
  • fresh basil or oregano to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.  
  • Place the prepped spaghetti squash on a baking sheet, cut side up, and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until fork tender and easily shreddable, about 45-60 minutes. Remove and carefully shred the squash and transfer to a bowl
  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the ground chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the spaghetti squash, marinara sauce and red pepper flakes to the skillet with the chicken mixture and stir to combine. Add the parmesan and stir.
  • Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake on the top oven rack until hot and bubbling and the cheese turns golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Add burrata on top. And season with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve

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37 comments

  1. Diana

    How do you avoid how watery the spaghetti squash gets? I love using it but haven’t been able to find a way to cook it so that it doesn’t release water when added to sauce.
    Thank you!

    • Gaby

      I roast it cut side up which helps some of the moisture evaporate!

  2. Jaz

    This looks yummy! When roasting the squash, did you drizzle a little olive oil and seasoned it?

  3. Kay Gardali

    Easy and really yummy. I made it ahead 4/5 hours and refrigerated after it cooled. I let it warm up to room temp. about 45 min. until I baked it but needed 20 min to bake.
    I made one for my daughter and she liked it too.

    I will make it again.

  4. Angela Galbraith

    5 stars
    This was amazing. I’ve never been a fan of spaghetti squash, but my mind has been changed. Delicious. It was totally an Aldi meal, except for the burrata, which was a Trader Joe’s buy. I would give it more hearts if I could. Thank you!!

  5. cynthia surber

    Hey Gaby, I’m making this right now! I don’t see a new oven temp for the casserole. . .does it go in at the same high heat as the squash??? Thank!!! Anyone?

    Cynthia

  6. Rachel

    What temp do you bake it on at the end? I don’t see a temp other than 475 but that seems too high…. Thanks in advance for the help!

  7. Erin Radley

    I planned to make this tonight but forgot ground chicken at the store- went somewhere else and could only get cutlets. Would it be ok to just slice up cutlets, you think?

  8. Molly

    5 stars
    Made this for my roomies last night and we loved it! 10/10 will make again.

    It also makes a lot so it will be great for work lunches.

  9. Mary Jane Spurlock

    5 stars
    I’m not going to lie. I had a spaghetti squash in my fridge and this was the first recipe that came up on Gaby’s site. I didn’t have chicken…but I just pushed on, Didn’t have a marinara sauce, so I subbed with a can of San Marzano tomatoes. The result was still amazing! Maybe I can’t technically call what I made a “chicken parm,” but it was oohhhhh sooooo good! This might be my new normal. Thanks!

  10. Lauren

    Made this last night and it was great! Added Gaby’s Tastes Like Pizza seasoning to the onions/garlic/ground chicken mixture which worked perfectly. I’m not normally a fan of spaghetti squash but this is a great dish to use it in. The ground chicken gives it enough heartiness to make it substantial. I also halved the recipe and used a smaller cast iron skillet to make it in since it was only for me. Dinner and lunch again today!

  11. Gillian

    Hi! I am only cooking for one, do you think I can put half of this in a casserole and freeze it to finish off in oven at a later date? Thanks!

  12. Leah

    Do you think it would work to substitute shredded chicken (in place of ground chicken)? Thanks!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  13. Melissa Clark

    5 stars
    Spaghetti squash isn’t my cup of tea BUT this recipe is UH-MAZING! I’ll def. eat spaghetti squash if it’s this recipe! It was so easy to throw together and tasted amazing! I didn’t have any burrata but did have ricotta that needed to be used up! Def. a great recipe to add to the menu rotation!

  14. Paige

    5 stars
    Easy, healthy, delicious! Plenty of leftovers too, which is always a plus. Absolutely will be making again.

  15. Susan Miller

    5 stars
    I needed something new to make with spaghetti squash and ground chicken and found the perfect one right here. It turned out great and my husband loved it! We’re not big on really spicy, so I cut the dried red pepper amount in half and it was just right. I’ll be coming back to this one often!

  16. Kaitlyn Redlowsk

    Hi! Can you use frozen butternut squash spirals for this recipe if you warm them up first?! Thanks in advance!

  17. Amber

    5 stars
    First recipe I’ve tried from you and I’m a huge fan! I make spaghetti squash often, so this is going on my list of favorites!