spaghetti squash chicken enchilada bowls

These spaghetti squash enchilada bowls are simple to put together – the squash halves roast as you are whipping up the enchilada sauce and cooking the chicken.  They are delicious too- with the slightly sweet taste and delicate texture of the spaghetti squash complementing the spicy-smokey enchilada sauce and hearty chicken.   Any Mexican-style topping works well with this dish, you can see cheese, sliced black olives, and sliced green onions here.  Guacamole, sour cream, or fermented salsa would be great toppings as well. 

Paleo Enchilada Bowls

Paleo Chicken Enchilada Bowls in Spaghetti Squash

Course: Dinner, Main dish
Cuisine: GAPS Diet, Gluten Free, Mexican, Paleo
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 263 kcal
Author: Cara Comini
These spaghetti squash enchilada bowls are simple to put together - the squash halves roast as you are whipping up the enchilada sauce and cooking the chicken. They are delicious too- with the slightly sweet taste and delicate texture of the spaghetti squash complementing the spicy-smokey enchilada sauce and hearty chicken. Any Mexican-style topping works well with this dish, you can see cheese, sliced black olives, and sliced green onions here. Guacamole, sour cream, or fermented salsa would be great toppings as well.
Print

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Cut spaghetti squash in half. Scoop out pulp and seeds, leaving the 1-2 inches of rind in the squash. Place cut-side down on a roasting pan or two. Fill pans with 1 inch of filtered water and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  2. In a large sauce pan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. As the oil is melting, cut up chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken all at once, and stir occasionally.
  3. As you are stirring the chicken, make the enchilada sauce by mixing the tomato paste, spices, and onion in a small bowl with a fork. Gradually add chicken stock to thin the mixture.
  4. Once the chicken has been browned, reduce heat to medium-low and add the enchilada sauce. Cover. Allow to simmer, covered, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until the squash is done.
  5. Once the squash is done, remove from heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Remove the chicken-enchilada sauce mixture from the heat as well.
  6. Use a fork to separate all the spaghetti strings of each squash half, leaving the squash in the bowl for serving. Top with the chicken enchilada mixture and toppings of choice. Enjoy hot!
Nutrition Facts
Paleo Chicken Enchilada Bowls in Spaghetti Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 half squash filled with chicken)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 1086mg45%
Potassium 926mg26%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1200IU24%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

protein cover

20 Main-Dish recipes that are packed full of protein. Don’t get left without an idea of what to make as your main dish tonight! Armed with these delicious recipes you’ll be set with main dishes that help heal your gut, nourish growing children, and maintain healthy adults.

Recipes such as orange chicken, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, veggie-packed meatballs, and more!

Click here to sign up – it’s my free gift to you!

Grain-Free Holiday Desserts, Breakfasts, and Side Dishes

Candied Butternut Squash, Zesty Lime Custard, Honey-Sweetened Pecan Pie, Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce, and 10 more holiday recipes that you'll love for the way they taste and the way they make you feel.

This holiday recipe book is completely free! Powered by ConvertKit