Take-out Tuesday, Stir Fry Spaghetti Squash with Coconut Chicken Bites

This dish might sound complicated but I promise it’s not…

I made this early in the day and refrigerated it until baking for dinner

The hardest part is cutting the squash, but if you pierce it in several places with a knife, and microwave it for 5 minutes, you will discover that cutting it in half is easier

Place in cut side down on a lined baking sheet and roast at 375 degrees for 45 minutes

Gently scoop out seeds and then fluff insides with tines of a fork to form the spaghetti

The peanut sauce is easy peasy made with standard pantry ingredients

If you don’t keep sesame oil on hand, you must!  Just a drop or two can add great flavor to marinades and sauces

Note: this is a mild sauce, if you want to add a little kick add some Sweet Chili Sauce or Sriracha

Okay, now for the stir fry~

If you are going to cook the coconut chicken bites too, now is the time to prep them

Coat the chicken pieces with egg white and dredge in cornstarch

Melt 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in skillet and cook chicken quickly over medium high heat to brown

It doesn’t have to be completely cooked through because it will finish cooking when baked with the squash later

Tranfer chicken to a foil lined pan and drizzle with Cream of Coconut

Microwave carrot chips on high in 1/4 cup water in 5 minutes to soften

Saute carrots with other vegetables until crisp tender, in the same skillet used for chicken, adding more coconut oil if necessary

Add squash and sauce to pan and cook and stir to combine and melt sauce down

Fill squash halves with stir-fry mixture and place in baking pan along with chicken

You can stick the pan in the fridge at this point and bake it later

Bake uncovered at 375 for 15-30 minutes until hot.  Baking time will be determined by temperature of dish when starting

Garnish with cashews and scallion bits

Serve in squash bowl or plate with chicken on the side or on top

Stir-fry Spaghetti Squash with Coconut Chicken Bites

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Vegetable Stir Fry

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 10-12 snow peas
  • 1 cup carrot slices
  • 3-4 green onions chopped, 2 T green tops reserved for garnish
  • 1/2 orange sweet pepper cut in small pieces, optional
  • 1 oz cashews for garnish, optional

Peanut Stir Fry Sauce

  • 3 T creamy peanut butter
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 T rice vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Cut squash in half lengthwise.  To make cutting easier, pierce squash in 6-8 places with a sharp knife and microwave for 5 minutes to soften.  Sprinkle cut sides of squash with salt and place on a parchment lined or non stick foil lined baking sheet, cut side down. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes
  • Gently scrape seeds off squash.  Remove spaghetti from shells by running a fork across the cooked squash, the tines will remove the spaghetti like squash strings.  Place into a bowl.
  • Whisk sauce ingredients together. Add more rice vinegar if sauce seems too thick, but it will melt down when added to stir fry.
  • Microwave carrots in 1/4 cup water for 4-5 minutes to soften. Drain. Place vegetables in skillet used to cook chicken and add more coconut oil if necessary and use medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour in sauce and stir.  Add squash, stir to combine and spoon back into squash shells. Refrigerate until baking if desired.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes if warm and 30 minutes if cool.  Garnish with chopped scallion greens and cashews.  Serve in squash boats or on plates, with Coconut Chicken on top or along side if desired.
Keyword snow peas, spaghetti squash, Stuffed spaghetti squash, stuffed squash boats, vegetable stir fry

Coconut Chicken Bites


Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 boneless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 T cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut

Instructions
 

  • Season chicken.
  • Put cornstarch and egg white in separate bowls.
  • Dredge chicken in cornstarch then dip in egg white.
  • Heat skillet with coconut oil over medium high heat.
  • Add dredged chicken and sauté quickly on each side until golden.  {Do this in batches if you are doubling recipe}
  • Set cooked chicken on paper towels while you finish browning the rest.  Chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through, it will finish cooking in oven.
  • Place cooked chicken in a small shallow baking dish.  Drizzle with cream of coconut.
  • Bake 375 for 15-30 minutes until heated through.  Drizzle additional with additional warm cream of coconut before serving if desired.
Keyword chicken nuggets, coconut chicken, coconut chicken bites, stir fry chicken

For more information and recipes with Spaghetti Squash check out this article by Quick Easy Cook here

Or Spaghetti Squash al forno here

Enjoy!

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14 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Stir Fry Spaghetti Squash with Coconut Chicken Bites”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, You are as fearless in the kitchen as you are with your paint brush! It’s been years since I’ve had spaghetti squash, love the idea of it served as a boat! 🚤😀

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    This is a great recipe for serving a delishious dinner. If it’s half as good as it looks it’s a winner here and I love the colors in this dish. Such pretty serving pieces.

  3. Jenna, this looks delicious! Can you believe I have never cooked spaghetti squash! With your recipe, I can be fearless with it! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you come up with the most delicious recipes! This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing,and I hope that you have a happy Tuesday!

  5. creationsbycindynefcomnet says:

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I only started cooking and eating spaghetti squash last year, but I love it. My family . . . not so much. Maybe this is a way they’ll try it! Thanks.

  7. Jodi says:

    what a wonderful way to serve spaghetti squash!!! YUM!

  8. You must be a fabulous cook – this looks absolutely delicious! I love spaghetti squash!!

  9. Another meal that looks delish!!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Thanks for the tip on cutting it by microwaving it first. Sounds delish! 👍

  11. Thank you for the microwave trick Jenna! Tasty dish:)

    Johanne Lamarche

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  12. Miz Helen says:

    This is a delicious recipe Jenna and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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