I baked 8 lbs of spaghetti squash, used some for making extremely (!!!) delicious chow mein, and the rest is tucked in the fridge for a week. Well, the rest is only 2 lbs, which makes this spaghetti squash chow mein loaded with 6 lbs of squash, in addition to cabbage and carrots. I whisked my own imitation of healthy homemade oyster sauce, and kids were squeaking like a bunch of piglets with excitement, that’s while chomping on lbs and lbs of spaghetti squash.
If you are brave enough to eat only vegetables and meat for dinner, then I envy you with all my heart. For us, I learnt these types of veggie loaded North American society’s take out classics are good with a side of complex carbs. I cooked whole wheat spaghetti and kids’ excitement has extended even further; and I enjoyed some too because otherwise I would need to eat 10 lbs of spaghetti squash myself. Also, I just posted a collection of 40 healthy spaghetti squash recipes since “hello, Fall”, and my absolute favourites from that list would be spaghetti squash casserole and butter chicken spaghetti squash boats.
How to Make Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein
Yes, you have to equip yourself with tools to crack open a spaghetti squash – particularly a meat tenderizer and a bread knife. You will be glad you did because it takes less than a minute this way.
Scoop out seeds, place cut side down and poke with a fork a few times.
Once squash is baked and cool, separate into strands using fork. I had a bit of a fiasco baking spaghetti squash on convection setting, which overcooked it a bit and made watery. Lesson learnt and that’s why you don’t see many separated strands.
My healthy version of homemade oyster sauce consists of 3 ingredients – soy sauce, honey and fish sauce. No boiling of oysters was involved, and same fishy-sweet-salty taste has been achieved.
Before you start cooking ANY stir fry, it is important to have all ingredients ready, mainly meaning chopped. Yes, this was a lot of chopping. C’est la vie or you can go and eat McDonald’s.
Chicken cooks with cornstarch, oyster sauce, and a splash of water. You can use beef too, yum!
Carrots and green onions go in next. You can buy carrot “matchsticks” to save time on chopping, yesss!
Then cabbage, buy softer one if you can, but you don’t have to.
And then just mix and enjoy!
Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (I used Bragg liquid aminos)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 6 lbs spaghetti squash(es)
- 1 lb chicken boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 tbsp avocado oil
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 lb carrots, cut into thin strips*
- 6 green onion sprigs, cut into 2” pieces
- 1 lb cabbage, thinly shredded
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- Cook Spaghetti Squash: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Using long serrated knife, cut squash in half, hammering on the knife with a mallet (trust me, works like a charm). Scoop out seeds, place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper or silicone mat, poke skin randomly with a fork and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Prepare Ingredients: While squash is baking, cut vegetables and meat. To make Healthy Chow Mein Sauce, whisk soy sauce, honey and fish sauce in a small bowl with a fork until well mixed (honey can be a pain sometimes). In a medium bowl, add chicken, cornstarch and half the sauce; mix.
- Using a fork (sometimes hands afterwards), separate spaghetti squash into strands and place right on the baking tray.
- Make Chow Mein: Preheat large wok on medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Add chicken mixture and cook until chicken is cooked, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water if cornstarch starts to burn. Transfer to a medium bowl.
- Return wok to the stove and add remaining 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Add carrots, green onions, and cabbage; stir fry for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add spaghetti squash, remaining half of the sauce, cooked chicken, and sesame oil; stir gently until all ingredients are well combined. Serve hot, over brown rice, brown rice noodles or whole wheat spaghetti; or if you want a low carb meal, eat spaghetti squash chow mein on its own.
*Use store-bought “matchsticks” to save time. **Use softer cabbage like savoy, napa or young green cabbage.