Creamy Artichoke Basil Chicken Spaghetti (Squash)

5 Oct

Necessity is the mother of creation, isn’t that what they say? Chefs often say their favorite meals are the ones they whip up after a long shift from whatever ingredients are left in the kitchen. I’d like to pretend I’m always prepared– I try to keep a well-stocked pantry, I’m always flagging recipes in magazines or on Pinterest, and I go to the grocery store way too often. But sometimes I’m caught without a plan. More often than not I get into the kitchen and I improvise.

A few weeks later my boyfriend will say something like “Can you make those lamb chops again?” and I’ll have to admit that I really can’t because I only kinda sorta remember what I put on that lamb that one time.

So I’m very proud of myself this time. I created a recipe…and I wrote it down! Granted, this recipe had a little more brainstorming behind it. You see, on Monday I took advantage of the Whole Foods $6 rotisserie chicken special and bought two chickens. I figured my boyfriend could pretty much eat an entire one on his own (he really almost did!), but that still left plenty of chicken behind. What to do with all that chicken?

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I crafted this recipe in my head throughout the day as I ran around town doing errands. Most of the ingredients were things I already had on hand in my pantry. There were just a couple things I wanted and I swung by the store on my way home to pick up the last few essentials to what I hope would be a delicious dinner.

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Sometimes I get a little nervous serving meals like this to boyfriend. He always devours and praises the food I cook for him, but he recently admitted that his favorite food is pasta…which I obviously never cook for him! So when I present him with a plate of spaghetti squash with a dairy-free “cream” sauce, I worry a bit.

There was no need this time. This Creamy Artichoke Basil Chicken Spaghetti Squash was a bowl of warm, comforting, hearty and delicious food that we both gobbled up. Good thing I wrote down that recipe, because I’ll be wanting to make this again soon!

Creamy Artichoke Basil Chicken Spaghetti Squash

©Copyright 2013 Carly Sullivan, The Lucky Clover Kitchen

Yield: 4 servings (or 2 if you’re feeding my boyfriend)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 (15-oz) can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds (but save them and roast them later like you would with pumpkin seeds! yum!). Place the squash cut-side-down on the baking sheet and roast in the oven until the outside of the squash gives a little when prodded, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip over cut-side-up to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, chicken, pepper, nutmeg and chili flakes. Saute a couple minutes.
  5. Add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Taste the sauce and add salt as needed. Add the sage and basil and remove from the heat.
  6. Use a fork to scrape the insides of the spaghetti squash into strands. Divide the squash among the plates, then top with the sauce. If you’re feeling rebellious, top with a little grated parmesan. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Creamy Artichoke Basil Chicken Spaghetti (Squash)”

  1. Mom October 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM #

    as luck would have it I bought a spaghetti squash yesterday. this sounds Yummmmmy!
    xo

  2. Shaunna March 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM #

    I made this last night for my husband and myself, one of the best meals I’ve ever made! Great recipe!!! Looking for something to make tonight as well! Thank you!!!

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