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Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

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Olena Osipov
5 from 11 votes

Butter Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe that is low carb and healthy without sacrificing the flavor of the dish.

If you are craving the traditional recipe, check out Instant Pot butter chicken and slow cooker butter chicken.

Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

Who am I to talk about traditional Indian dishes but oh, I will go there because I just love cooking these types of recipes like green lentil curry or pressure cooker dal.

If my Ukrainian grandma could make a chicken curry with sour cream, onions and curry powder back in the 90s, why can’t I make some butter chicken and spaghetti squash pretending squash is pasta?!

Haha, let’s be clear spaghetti squash doesn’t replace spaghetti, but tastes very good. And I have really started to like cooking with it in recipes like chicken alfredo spaghetti squash boats, tex mex spaghetti squash boats and spaghetti squash mac and cheese.

By the way, grandma’s curry was DELISH! Not original but a tasty healthy meal really has no rules to it. Too many rules and ingredients with judgement followed up scares so many people in America to cook. I am confident that is the case. I was one of them and still am to a certain degree. There is always a noise in my head “Is this the right way to cook tacos (fajitas, curry, chili etc.?)”.

Who cares?! Just cook a meal the way you like it, that tastes good to you and saves you money on restaurants and prescriptions.

How to Make Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper. Poke skin randomly with a fork and bake for 30 minutes. Spaghetti Squash
  • In the meanwhile, preheat large skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add garlic and onion; sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garam masala, ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Butter Chicken Sauce
  • Add tomato paste and mix it well with (incorporate into) onion and spices. Add coconut milk and stir until combined. Now add chicken, and stir to coat. Cover, cook for 15 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Remove cooked squash from the oven and turn it over wearing mitts and with a help of a fork. It will cool this way faster; about 10 minutes. To make “spaghetti”, grab one half wearing a mitt and separate the flesh into strands with a fork. Scooping out spaghetti squash
  • Divide butter chicken mixture evenly among the boats, return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve hot with extra whole wheat spaghetti on a side if you wish.

Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

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Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

Butter Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats

Butter Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe that is low carb and healthy without sacrificing the flavour.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 791kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 4 small spaghetti squash 1 1/2 lbs each*
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ginger dried**
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 oz 1/2 can tomato paste
  • 14 oz can coconut milk full fat

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper. Poke skin randomly with a fork and bake for 30 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, preheat large skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add garlic and onion; sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garam masala, ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Add tomato paste and mix it well with (incorporate into) onion and spices. Add coconut milk and stir until combined. Now add chicken, and stir to coat. Cover, cook for 15 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Remove cooked squash from the oven and turn it over wearing mitts and with a help of a fork. It will cool this way faster; about 10 minutes. To make “spaghetti”, grab one half wearing a mitt and separate the flesh into strands with a fork. Divide butter chicken mixture evenly among the boats, return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve hot with extra whole wheat spaghetti on a side if you wish.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    Notes

    • *You can use 3 medium squash about 2 lbs each as I understand small spaghetti squash is hard to come across. I bought mine at the farmers market.
    • **I didn’t have fresh ginger on hand but you can definitely replace dried ginger with about 1-2” piece of grated fresh ginger.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1squash (2 halves) | Calories: 791kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 969mg | Potassium: 1982mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 5mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. Yep, no butter!!!! The beauty of Butter Chicken lies in the subtle balance of tanginess and a velvety texture and we achieve that with coconut milk without need for extra butter. You are welcome to use it instead of oil if you wish.

    1. 5 stars
      Oh my… This is so easy and delicious! I will repeat this often. The best way I have found to bake spaghetti squash is to put it on a baking sheet whole, prick it, and bake it like potatoes sans foil. When it’s done, slice it (oh so much easier to slice after baking) ACROSS (rather than end to end) THEN scoop out the seeds. Something about leaving out the water makes it taste nuttier and (probably my imagination) almost more buttery. Slicing across will also give you much longer “noodles” that come out of the shell easier. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes and am glad I found your site!

      1. ‘Paneer’ is an east Indian ‘cheese’ that they use in their vegetarian dishes. It looks like and has the same texture as firm, cubed tofu. You can probably only find it in an east Indian food market. I always order paneer dishes.. its yummy.

    2. 5 stars
      Omg this is wonderful! Was looking for something new to try with my spaghetti squash and was drawn in by your amazing photos. Recipe was on point. I added a little carrot and diced eggplant just to use up some stuff in my kitchen and then thinned sauce with a touch of chicken stock. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

    3. 5 stars
      I’ve got this all prepared ahead of time. It’s probably the tastiest curry concoction I’ve ever made. Really yummy flavor! I stuck a few peas in one of them because I like them and hubby hates them 🙂 Thanks for sharing; I’m sure we’ll love the finished product.

    4. Wow. This looks and sounds so tasty! Right up my alley, and I just happen to have all the ingredients on-hand~

    5. Spaghetti squash is so versatile! I make a spaghetti squash “pasta” a lot with Italian sausage and fresh tomatoes and pesto.. maybe some spinach and goats cheese. When it comes to butter chicken, I like to have have my 1st serving with rice (because I’ve earned it lol) and then have lentils or spaghetti squash until I’m satisfied.

      1. True that! I wouldn’t be full only with this spaghetti squash boat. All veggie noodles are great but they are not filling enough. I always make brown rice anyways for everyone on a side.

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