Spicy Garlicy Chicken “Spaghetti”

7 10 2009
First split a spaghetti squash with a machete. I’m not kidding, these puppies are tough.  Ok, so if you don’t happen to have a machete lying around the kitchen, get a cheap Chinese-style butcher knife (see picture).  Cut a small slice from the squash side so that it can now lay flat.  Put the blade along the squash vertically.  Take a wooden or rubber mallet and tap the top of the knife to push the blade through the squash until it is split.  Please do not ruin any good knives over these beasts!
 Scoop out seeds. Put foil on a baking sheet and place squash flat side down on the sheet. Put in oven at 375 for 45-minutes to an hour or until the outside looks a bit brown and you see brown oozing goodness coming out from the squash. Trust me, the caramelized goodness of the baked version is so worth it.

Or, if you have no patience, put the halves flat side down in a microwave-safe dish with about an inch of water and microwave until inside is soft and stringy. Oh, and poke some holes in the round side of the squash before you microwave it.

In either case, when the squash is cooked, use a big spoon to scoop the stringy deliciousness into a bowl or onto plates. Season with a little salt and pepper.

For the chicken:

2-3 large chicken breasts cut into palm-sized pieces
4 cloves garlic minced (I like garlic, what can I say)
2 small or 1 medium onion, diced
1 cup red wine
1 12 oz can crushed tomatoes (find a brand where the ingredients are: tomatoes)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tbs Italian seasoning
2 tbs olive oil

Put olive oil in a pan and heat up over medium high heat. Brown chicken pieces on both sides. Remove. Add garlic and onion and cook until translucent. Add spices. Add wine to scrape up brown bits. Add can tomatoes. Put chicken back in. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer in sauce for about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Serve over squash.




2 responses

16 10 2009

Has anyone tried this or anything similar in a crockpot? I love using the slow cooker and am always looking for recipes. Also, any ideas for warm drinks, ie hot chocolate? Now that it is getting cold.

16 10 2009

Christian, my chili would be a good candidate for a slow cooker. I will be sure to post some slow cooker recipes in the future and tag them as such. Also, I will post some hot drink ideas as well. Thanks for the requests!

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