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Chicken Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

In the mood for some Mexican food? Let’s taco ‘bout it! EatingWell has delivered this low-carb recipe as an alternative for taco night and we can’t get enough of it. It’s only 5 ingredients and it’s packed with 34 grams of protein per serving. Try using leftover chicken to make this recipe even simpler.

Calories 408   Protein 34g   Serves 4

Ingredients:

2  8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 2½- to 3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1¼ cups red enchilada sauce, divided
1  medium zucchini, diced
1  cup shredded pepper Jack cheese

Directions:

1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450degrees F.

2. Place chicken in a medium saucepan, add water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and gently simmer until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and shred with 2 forks. Transfer to a large bowl.

4. Meanwhile, place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish and add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)

5. Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into the large bowl. Place the shells on a broiler-safe pan. Stir 1 cup enchilada sauce, zucchini, ½ teaspoon pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt into the squash and chicken. Divide the mixture between the shells; top with the remaining ¼ cup enchilada sauce and cheese.

6. Bake on the lower rack for 10 minutes. Move to the upper rack, turn the broiler to high and broil, watching carefully, until the cheese starts to brown, about 2 minutes. To serve, cut each shell in half.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size ½ Stuffed Squash Half
Serves 4
Calories 408
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Protein 34g

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