A few years ago, I made a fabulous recipe. It was a family keeper!! And then one sad day….the website was no longer there, and neither was the recipe! Not one to give up so easily…I started using the main ingredients to come up with my own version to be forever memorialized here on my blog. After all, why should I get ALL the yummy food just to myself?! Beautiful, flavorful food was meant to be shared!
I use my faithful 12″ cast iron skillet for this (and just about everything I cook!). The browning that you get from cast iron pan cannot be beat…and this one comes pre-seasoned so I have never had an issue with sticking food!
- APX 6 cups crisp-tender cooked spaghetti squash strings (see how to here) (or any noodles if you prefer)
- 4 ounces favorite bacon, diced or thinly sliced
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces.
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules AND pepper
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 6-8 tablespoons prepared pesto (we make this dairy free version), to taste
- Optional add in's - sliced red bell pepper, grated pecorino romano or parmesan, sliced mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, or halved cherry tomatoes
- Prepare your spaghetti squash, cool, shred, set aside.
- In a large 12" skillet over medium low heat, gently cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon, set aside.
- Bump the heat up to medium-high. Add the chicken, garlic granules, and a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper, in a single layer (otherwise it will steam, not brown). THEN LEAVE IT ALONE< DON:'T MOVE IT! Let it get crispy---about 5 minutes.
- When chicken is browned, flip to the other side and continue.
- When crispy and cooked through, remove to the same plate as the bacon.
- Bump the heat down to medium low again, and saute the onion until very soft, 5-7 minutes (This is where you add any other additional veggies too if you choose).
- To the cooked veggies, add in the reserved spaghetti squash, bacon, chicken, and pesto. Turn the heat up to medium and saute until all the pesto is evenly distributed and the dish is hot throughout.
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