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Sara's Recipe of The Week - Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This easy Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole is only 7 ingredients, 320 calories and packed with protein! A family friendly, low carb dinner!

paleo buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole on a table with a spoon

PIN PALEO BUFFALO CHICKEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH CASSEROLE

IT’s ALMOST GAME DAY.

Or should I say it’s almost “eat all the vegan buffalo patties, buffalo chicken egg muffins, buffalo chicken paleo sweet potato hash AND crockpot buffalo chicken dip with cauliflower DAY?”

Do you see the trend?

And now we are going to add a slice of this spicy, protein-packed baked spaghetti squash casserole to the list of “buffalo chicken things that it is mandatory to eat on Game Day.”

Which is also the list that I call “the only way to get Taylor to watch tiny men run around in WAY TOO TIGHT outfits, throwing a ball at each other’s heads.”

It’s funny how GOOD FOOD will just change your perspective, and make things that used to seem pointless (liiike, watching football) just make SO MUCH SENSE.

Anyway.

paleo buffalo chicken casserole in a serving dish

WHAT BUFFALO SAUCE IS WHOLE30? 

I LOVE myself a good appetizer on game day! There are so many I love to whip up and feast on while I watch the game with Mr. FFF and our friends. One flavor I love in appetizers or just in GENERAL is buffalo. The zingy, hot, flavor gets me every. Single. Time. Whether it’s a hot bowl of Crockpot Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup or Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Potato Poppers with Avocado Ranch DipI’m all about it! However, not all hot sauce is whole30 approved. A safe way to enjoy buffalo sauce that is whole30 approved  is by combining Frank’s Red Hot Sauce with butter in a 3:2 ratio!

WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN TO USE FOR PALEO BUFFALO CHICKEN CASSEROLE

As for what kind of chicken to use for this Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole, it really is up to you!

You’re free to use leftover chicken thighs, shredded chicken, boiled chicken, grilled chicken, leftover rotisserie chicken, or whatever you’ve got on hand! If you want to use baked chicken breast, it’s pretty easy to make. Simply set your oven to 350 degrees, line a pan with parchment paper, brush the chicken breasts lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink inside. 

HOW TO ROAST SPAGHETTI SQUASH 

When roasting a squash for this whole30 casserole, it’s super simple and easy to do.

Simply cut the squash in half horizontally (it’s pretty tough to cut through so I recommend using a sharp knife and jiggling it side to side once inside the squash). Next, drizzle with oil, salt and pepper, and bake cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet until it’s fork tender!

Want to make it even easier? Make Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash!

close up of whole30 buffalo chicken casserole in a serving dish

HOW TO MAKE PALEO BUFFALO CHICKEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH CASSEROLE 

This recipe calls for healthy, simple ingredients that transform into a DELICIOUS, nourishing meal that’s bursting with flavor! A bonus about this whole30 buffalo chicken casserole is that it’s not complicated- just a few ingredients and some simple steps, and you’ll have a tasty meal for the whole family to enjoy! 

Preheat

Set your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Also grease a casserole dish with a bit of olive oil and set aside. 

Prep the Squash

Cut the squash in half and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and lay cut side down on the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until it’s fork tender and set aside to cool. 

Boil

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the chicken breast and cook, about 15-20 minutes or until it’s no longer pink inside. Drain and set aside to cool. 

Shred

Using a spoon or fork, shred the spaghetti squash and place it on a large paper towel. Using another paper towel, press out as much moisture as you can. Repeat with all the squash and when you have about 3 packed cups of shredded squash, put it in a large bowl. Next, shred the chicken breasts and when you have 3 packed cups, put it in the bowl as well. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.

Bake

Transfer the mixture to the casserole dish and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the top is set. Turn the oven to broil on the high setting and broil for about 5 minutes to crisp up the top. 

Enjoy

Let stand to cool for 5 minutes, then dig in and DEVOUR!!

a person serving a slice of paleo buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole

WHAT GOES WITH BUFFALO CHICKEN CASSEROLE? 

If you’re planning to serve this to guests, I recommend pairing it with a fresh, delicious salad such as Spiralized Cucumber Salad with Chia Seed Strawberry Vinaigrette or Roasted Acorn Squash and Quinoa Salad with Orange Maple Tahini Dressing

OTHER HEALTHY CASSEROLES:

Healthy chicken noodle spaghetti squash casserole

BBQ Chicken Zoodle Casserole

BBQ Baked Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

FOR THIS RECIPE, I RECOMMEND:

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PER SERVING: SMART POINTS: 6 POINTS+: 9. OLD POINTS: 8

(per 1/4 of the casserole)

 

 

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