This yummy low carb and keto Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole is brought to you by Fiesta Brand Seasonings!
If you are a fan of traditional Texas dishes like King Ranch Chicken or Chicken Spaghetti…you are in for a treat! Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole combines the comforting flavors of these two dishes into one incredibly delicious low carb, keto friendly, gluten free meal! All the savory Tex-Mex flavor you love with the classic, creamy, cheesy goodness with no pasta or tortillas! But how does it taste??? Ya’ll it’s out of this world amazing!
When I want something comforting and easy and casserole is on the menu! Chicken Spaghetti and King Ranch Chicken are two of my all-time favorite comfort food casserole type dishes! In fact, they are two family favorites I would always see as a child at family gatherings…my moms’ specialties! I remember my mom making literally a vat of chicken spaghetti for big family gatherings…to die for! These are probably two of our most requested family recipes…why? Because they’re decadent, comforting and so delish! But healthy? Not so much!
I make this traditional King Ranch Chicken for our ranch guests quite often but I was in need of a keto friendly, low carb version for the fam. The Cowboy is leaning more towards low carb eating these days and King Ranch Chicken is one of his favorites! The two dishes are pretty similar in flavor so I was pretty sure I could pull of a keto version that was just as good as the originals!
So this is my low carb, keto friendly nod to the classic Chicken Spaghetti!
How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash
It all starts with spaghetti squash! This guy can be a little intimidating but have no fear! We love using spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative and they are really easy to prepare. The squash is really hard and can be quite literally a danger to cut through so I like to soften mine up a bit in the microwave before I cut it. Through it in for 4-5 minutes….let it cool a but and you’re good to go!
Cut both ends off the squash and cut it in half. It doesn’t really matter the direction you cut it but if you like longer “noodles” cut it through the middle horizontally and or if you don’t mind shorter strands cut it through the center lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon….drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and place the on a lined sheet pan cut side down and roast…that it! After the initial cutting, easy peasy.
While the squash is roasting you can work on the ingredients for the sauce!
Pro tip: I always keep shredded chicken in the freezer. Whenever I roast chicken for dinner, I always cook one extra, shred it up and store it in the freezer to use in a quick weeknight meal!
The base for this low carb Chicken Spaghetti comes together really quick on the stove…no canned soup needed! Make sure to use fresh, quality spices to season it up! As you know, my cabinet is full of Fiesta Brand Spices & Seasonings…they are my go for seasonings and spices! Easy to find, affordable and fresh! Check out some of my other recipes using Fiesta Brand Seasonings!
After the squash is done, it gets mixed with the sauce and chicken, topped with cheese and in the oven it goes! The result? One yummy low carb dish that checks off all the flavor boxes! Creamy, comforting, cheesy, savory with a hint of spice, this keto Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole is a hit! So good in fact that The Cowboy voluntarily ate the leftovers for lunch…and dinner the next day!! MIC DROP!
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- 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 5 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 poblano pepper diced
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup chicken stock
- 1 10 oz. can diced chilis and peppers drained (like Rotel)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 oz. cream cheese
- 1 tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To soften the squash before cutting, microwave whole for 4-5 minutes. Be careful when removing, skin will be hot. Trim both end off the squash and cut lengthwise down the middle making two boats. Scrape and scoop seeds out and discard.
Drizzle the cut side of squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place cut side down on parchment lined sheet pan and roast at 400 for about 30 minutes or until tender.
While the squash is in the oven, melt butter in large skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, poblano and cook over medium high heat for about 7 minutes or until softened. Throw in garlic cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add chicken stock and tomatoes and chilis and continue to cook till stock is reduced by half. You should have about 3 tablespoons of liquid left. Add the cream to the veggies and simmer till reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and place veggie mixture in a large mixing bowl.
Add cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin. Stir till combined and cream cheese is melted.
After 30 minutes, remove squash from oven and carefully flip over. The squash should be tender on top but not completely done all the way through. Using a fork remove the spaghetti squash from the peel. If there is excess moisture from the cooked squash, you will want to place the squash on some paper towels to remove the moisture.
Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Gently mix the squash into the veggie mixture. Then, gently stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese and the chicken.
Put the squash and chicken mixture into a greased casserole dish or 9×13 pan. Top with remaining cheese and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until warmed through and cheese is melted and bubbly. Let sit 10 minutes before digging in!