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Recipe Review- Chicken Carbonara

Chicken Carbonara
 
Chicken Carbonara over Wilted Spinach and Spaghetti Squash
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Ingredients
  • You Need per person/serving. FN= Family Number
  • 1 chicken breast or 2 thighs (xFN)
  • 2 pieces of bacon (xFN)
  • ½ of a small/medium spaghetti squash (xFN)
  • 3 ounces of spinach (xFN)
  • 3-4 stalks of asparagus (1 bunch per family)
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan (xFN- ½ cup per family of 4- optional)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (xFN- ½ cup per family of 4)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ of an onion (xFN)
  • spices: sea salt, pepper, italian seasoning, garlic powder.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Scrape out the seeds and stringy parts of the spaghetti squash with a spoon and place, face down on a baking sheet or in a large baking dish with ¼ inch of water.
  3. Place in oven and cook 30 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.
  4. While that is cooking, cut the chicken in half lengthwise to make it thinner and pound with a meat hammer or the bottom of a cast iron pan.
  5. In a large skillet, place the asparagus and about ¼ inch of water and cook over high heat until asparagus is bright green and starting to soften. The water should evaporate completely off and when it has, add 1 tablespoon butter (total, not per person) and sprinkle with some sea salt.
  6. Remove asparagus from the pan and set aside.
  7. Cook the bacon in the same pan until crispy and remove bacon.
  8. Cook chicken in the bacon grease in the same pan, and sprinkle each side with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and italian seasoning.
  9. When chicken has cooked through, remove and set aside.
  10. Dice onion and cook in remaining bacon grease until starting to soften.
  11. Add spinach and extra butter if needed and cook until barely wilted.
  12. Add cream (if using-totally optional) and about ¼ teaspoon of the above spices.
  13. At this point, the spaghetti squash should be soft so remove from oven and scrape out insides with a fork.
  14. To serve, put spaghetti squash on a plate, top with some wilted spinach, then a piece of chicken, some crumbled bacon and the asparagus (chop into small pieces). Top with parmesan if using.

 

 Review: This was my husband’s favorite new dish thus far! I went a little too heavy on the salt (maybe because I had little hands helping) but less is more with the sea salt! Since, I am just starting to learn how to cook; I am slower at cutting, dicing, etc so my spaghetti squash was cold by the time I finished everything else and needed to be reheated. If you are slower like me, you may want to finish cutting and dicing before putting spaghetti squash in oven. I did not use cream this time simply because I forgot :) Let me know your thoughts if you make this! Spaghetti Squash is an awesome alternative to traditional pasta (lots of carbs and sugar, even whole grain pasta!)

-kristin

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