You know those dishes that taste absolutely amazing, but don’t actually look all that appetizing, like the meatloafs and most casseroles of the world? Well, this Barbecue Stuffed Spaghetti Squash somewhat falls into the food realm.
Taste-wise these stuffed vegetables are out-of-this-world with their tangy flavored barbecue chicken mixed in with the melty mozzarella, topped with even more delicious vegetables. No one is going to deny those flavors! You’re going to have to take my word for it and dig right in…
Beauty is on the inside here (life truths friends!). Let me show you:
- Perfectly cooked with a slight crisp spaghetti squash
- Barbecue chicken, which is always a good idea
- CHEESE, mozzarella cheese!
- Topped with even more vegetable
That’s a whole lotta yumminess stuffed into one spaghetti squash no matter how it looks.
It all started when I went to buy the spaghetti squash in the first place and the only option available were some kind of brightly colored orange squash. I had the color scheme all sketched out in my head for how these stuffed squash would look, but to my completely oblivious food blogging self (amateur alert!) there is a version of spaghetti squash known as “orangetti.” Right… Basically, it’s the EXACT same thing as it’s yellow cousin, but just orange. I don’t know…
Well, then as I was setting up my photo shoot for this recipe I made another amateur move and sat the squash directly on my brand new Erickson Woodworks background and began shooting, only to find an annoying and completely unremovable orange stain afterwards.
So I became mad at this dish and thus decided to punish it by not posting it. Ha! I’ll show you orangetti spaghetti squash, or whoever you are!
Then summer happened and vacations and I wasn’t able to prepare as many recipes (or rather I ran out of energy to prepare such meals) for the blog and was sort of forced to pull this recipe out of the “dungeon of banished shoots.” I discretely posted one of the pics on Instagram asking if anyone would indeed be interested in this dish that brought me so much angst. Turns out there were many…
To those of you who said yes to this absolutely delicious meal, which I highly recommend making, just not shooting, here it is without further ado…
Remember, the beauty is on the inside friends!Print
Enjoy your barbecue chicken stuffed in spaghetti squash and piled with cheesy veggies for a super healthy and easy dinner.
- 2 medium-sized Spaghetti Squash
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 cups Rotisserie Chicken (or pulled chicken breast, see notes)
- 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup Bell Peppers (yellow or orange), diced
- 1/4 cup Red Onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Grated Parmesan
- Spaghetti Squash: Set the oven to BROIL. Using a small knife carefully poke holes in the Spaghetti Squash all the way around. Place several paper towels in the microwave and lay the squash on top (you can do 2 squash at a time) and heat for 10 minutes. Using an oven mitt rotate each squash to the other side and then cook again for an additional 8 minutes. Slice the spaghetti Squash in half and remove the center seeds with a fork. Drizzle with Olive Oil and place on a rimmed baking sheet to cook for about 5 minutes or until the edges begin to brown (make sure to watch the squash in the oven so it doesn’t char, which can happen quickly).
- Chicken: Using a fork strip the Rotisserie Chicken from the bone and place into a medium-sized bowl. Toss the pulled chicken with the Barbecue Sauce and layer on top of the cooked spaghetti squash.
- Place the chopped Bell Pepper, Red Onion, and Mozzarella Cheese on top of the barbecue chicken. Garnish with Parsley and additional cheese of choice such as grated Parmesan. Stick the stuffed spaghetti squash back into the oven for another almost 5 minutes to melt all that cheese and toast those topped veggies to perfection.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken: Place all BBQ Chicken ingredients (Chicken Breast, Olive Oil, BBQ Sauce) listed above in a slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Shred chicken using 2 forks.
Stove Top BBQ Chicken: Heat medium skillet over medium-high heat and coat with Olive Oil. Place chicken breasts in skillet, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Turn chicken, replace the cover, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Once the chicken has reached an internal temp of 160 pour in the BBQ Sauce and cook an additional 2 minutes. Shred chicken using two forks.