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Chicken parmesan is delicious.  Really, what else can I say?  We love it.  Of course, it’s traditionally served with white pasta, which is not healthy and makes for a very grain-heavy meal.  To combat that, I served mine with spaghetti squash.  That ups the nutrition factor big time, and it’s just as cheap.  As it happens, my kids love it.  My husband and I are still adjusting (we didn’t grow up eating squash), but we deal with it.  If you already like squash, you’ll love this.

Ingredients:

Okay. that’s a lot!  This is a more complicated one, but so delicious.  Just try it.

Take your spaghetti squash and use a large knife to cut it in half.  It’s really hard to do this, so go slowly and be careful.  Scoop out the seeds.

 

Put the squash cut-side down in a baking pan and add some water.  Put the pan into the oven at 350 for about an hour.

 

Now, prepare the breading for the chicken.  That’s the flour, breadcrumbs, onion powder, sea salt, parsley.  Combine it in a medium bowl.

 

In another bowl, combine the egg and milk.  Look at the beautiful pastured egg there!  Battery eggs just don’t have that deep orange yolk.

 

Beat it together.  Then, dip the chicken into the egg/milk mixture, and then into the breadcrumb mixture.  Pour oil into a large frying pan, and add the chicken and garlic cloves.  The garlic will give it a great flavor.

 

Cook the chicken about 5 minutes on each side, until it’s cooked through.  Check out the beautiful golden color on the cooked side of the chicken:

 

Set the chicken aside.  In the pan (this saves dishes!), cook the meat if you’re planning to use it.  You can use plain tomato sauce, but my family would mutiny if I didn’t make it meat sauce.  If you’re using meat, brown the meat:

Once it’s cooked, add the sauce.

 

Top the chicken with the sauce and cheese, once the sauce is finished (give it 10 or 15 minutes).

 

Pop it into the oven at 350 for 10 – 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.  Pull it all out.

Use a fork to “comb” the spaghetti squash out and onto plates.  Put a piece of chicken on the plate.  Cover the spaghetti squash with sauce and grate some fresh cheese on it if you like.  Serve.

So yummy!  Every bite was devoured by our family.

Do you love Italian food?  What’s your favorite?


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Kate is wife to Ben and mommy to Bekah (6.5), Daniel (5), Jacob (3), and Nathan (1.5). She is passionate about God, health, and food. She has written 7 cookbooks and a popular book entitled A Practical Guide to Children's Health. She also recently released Healing With God's Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies, which teaches people to use natural remedies to keep their families healthy. When she's not blogging, she's in the kitchen, sewing, or homeschooling her children.

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4 Comments

  1. Kate……you make me hungry. That looks AWESOME!

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  2. Looks great! I love chicken parm and haven't eaten it since we stopped eating out at restaurants two years ago. I will have to try this recipe! One question – the squash in central Ohio are (mostly) non-organic and often coated with wax. I buy the organic ones from Whole Foods but they are so pricey! I cook them like you do, cut side down in a pan with some water, and my concern is that any non-organic residues left on the skin (after washing, pesticide residue remains) get into the water and then cook into the flesh of the squash. Hence my buying the organic ones. Any tips? I bought some from Lynd Farms but they are non-organic. Boo.

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    • Rebecca,
      Check localharvest.org for a farm near you that sells vegetables. Many are not certified organic due to the cost and rigamarole, but the farmers are usually happy to tell you how they farm, and you can decide if it is close enough (we belong to a CSA, and the farmers are older and have no plans to certify, but they’ve farmed essentially organic for decades — we don’t really pay extra because they aren’t officially organic, and they avoid the paperwork). Also, by going straight to the farmer, you eliminate the (trendy/pricey) middleman and save money.

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  3. I am about to make this recipe for the second time. We all loved it the first time! Not one complaint and it was GONE! I’ve tried spaghetti squash with other dishes with no success. We had success with this one! They ate it all! Thanks! So good!

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