This filling, hearty stuffed spaghetti squash is a lower-carb version of your traditional chicken Parmesan with pasta. This chicken Parmesan recipe is still full of cheesy goodness, but has the added benefit of sweet winter squash. If you can't find two small squashes, use one (3-pound) squash and cut each half into two portions when ready to serve.

Robin Bashinsky
Source:, October 2019


Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Place squash, cut-side down, on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until tender when pierced with a knife, about 40 minutes. (Alternatively, place 2 squash halves in a large microwaveable dish with 2 tablespoons water; microwave on High until tender when pierced with a fork, about 11 minutes. Repeat with the remaining squash halves.) Let the squash cool for 10 minutes. Scrape out the strands with a fork, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the sides and bottom of each shell. Place the squash strands in a large bowl and set aside.

  • Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken; cook, stirring occasionally, until just browned, about 2 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in marinara sauce and crushed red pepper. Add the chicken mixture to the bowl with the squash; toss to combine. Spoon the mixture evenly into the squash shells. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan.

  • Bake until the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; protein 35g 70% DV; carbohydrates 34g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 7g 28% DV; sugars 14g; fat 16g 25% DV; saturated fat 5g 25% DV; calcium 261mg 26% DV; potassium 893mg 25% DV; sodium 474mg 19% DV.