Chicken Parm with a healthy twist. Spaghetti squash noodles make this dish lower in carbohydrates and add vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. All the flavor of breaded chicken breast, noodles, and marinara… without the weight of carbs.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr.
Total Time: 1 hr. 20 min.
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, organic
- 2 eggs, pasture-raised
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes, or grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
- 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, no-sugar-added
- 4 teaspoons fresh basil
Preheat the oven to 375F and place the entire spaghetti squash on the rack of the oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until soft.
Meanwhile, prepare the chicken. Place each breast between two pieces of parchment paper and pound them, until flat.
In a shallow bowl, add eggs. Whisk until frothy.
In a large bowl, add almond flour, tapioca flour, nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
Dip the flattened chicken breasts in the egg mixture, and then in the almond flour mixture, making sure that each chicken breast is completely coated.
Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and place the battered chicken breasts on the tray. Drizzle with avocado oil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, top each chicken breast with marinara and additional nutritional yeast, parmesan, or dairy-free cheese option. Continue to bake for 10 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through.
Remove cooked chicken breasts and spaghetti squash from the oven. Slice the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Using a fork, pull the spaghetti squash strands to create noodles. Set aside in a large bowl and add butter, as well as any additional salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Serve between 4 plates. Place the noodles on the bottom of each plate and top with a breaded chicken breast. Season with additional salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh basil and an optional sprinkle of nutritional yeast or parmesan.