Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash


My initial effort at making dinner more often, started with a bang.  After I wrote the last blog post, I started meal planning and of course, I turned to Pinterest for ideas. I found a recipe I thought looked tasty for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad.  It looked great, but I decided I wanted it to be a bit lighter.  I don’t want to be eating a pound of quinoa for dinner (not that there’s anything wrong with that, just not my taste).

So instead of quinoa, I went with spaghetti squash, because I’m a huge fan and it’s lower in calories than quinoa.  The result…

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Delicious, and ready in less than 30 minutes!  Not to mention it’s super easy clean up, since you only use one pot/skillet.  To make life easier, I bought pre-cut and pre-washed shredded carrots and cabbage.  So the only chopping I had to do was the green onions and chicken.

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Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash
3-4 green onions
1-2 lbs chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded cabbage (I bought cole slaw mix)
1 cup Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (or more if you’d like)
1-2 oz Blue Cheese (or more if you’d like)

Poke your spaghetti squash a few times with a fork or knife.  Microwave 10-15 minutes or until tender.

In the meantime, cut up your chicken and toss in onion and garlic powder.  Next slice the green onions.  Slice the white part of the green onions and reserve the green tips for garnish.

Heat olive oil in a skillet or pot (I used a 12″ cast iron skillet).  Add chicken and green onions, cook until chicken is cooked through (about 5 or 6 minutes).

Remove spaghetti squash from the microwave.  Once it’s cool enough to handle, slice in half, remove the seed and discard, the fluff the spaghetti squash with a fork to get the strands loose.  Add spaghetti squash to the skillet and mix.  Add Buffalo sauce, cabbage and carrots.  Toss to combine.  Serve and sprinkle with blue cheese and chopped green onion tips.  This recipe will serve 4-6.

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I was really pleased with this meal.  I liked how quick and easy it was, but also tasty.  If you wanted to make this spicier, I would definitely add some sriracha for a little added kick.  You can also just get the spicy buffalo sauce instead of the traditional buffalo sauce.

Now I have a ton of left overs for lunch, but I’m excited for my next dinner creation!

What are you having for dinner tonight?

43 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

  1. Become Ordained Online says:

    Definitely worth trying if you like Buffalo wings. Although that wing sauce is pretty darn salty, and that’s coming at it from a foodie perspective, not that of a health nut (though there’s that too!). If I try it again, I think I’ll pack in a bit more carrots and cabbage, and/or cut back on the sauce. I’m going to try adding some celery dices to my leftovers, to further cut the saltiness and augment the Buffalo wings homage.

  2. Lauren says:

    so I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!! I’m glad I found a different take on cooking the spaghetti squash. I use to always bake mine and after forever it would still be a bit too crunchy. But microwaving it this way it was so soft and yummy!! Also I kind of altered the sauce. Instead of using a whole cup of the buffalo sauce I did 1/2 cup, and 1/2 cup of low sodium chicken broth. It was still spicy and tasted great! Will definitely be making this again! :)

    • Karla @ Foodologie says:

      Hmm a number of things. Over mixing it will make it soggy. I know mine was soggier the next day when I ate the leftovers. In general, spaghetti squash is a little soggy. If you don’t fluff it with a fork, it sort of clumps together and gets mushy. Hope it didn’t ruin the taste for you!

  3. Cassie says:

    I really wanted to like this because I LOVE hot wings, and I love spaghetti squash. This tasted like cole slaw with hot sauce on it instead of slaw sauce. It was not tasty at all. Husband refused to eat it. Next time I will just make wings and slaw.

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  5. Karen says:

    love the trackbacks / pingbacks section of this website — saved my life when my original copy of a recipe became corrupted and I couldn’t open the file.

  6. Allyson says:

    The carrots and cabbage were throwing me off, so instead I put celery. I also added about a teaspoon of light blue cheese dressing to cut the saltiness. Came out awesome! Although next time I think I will throw the chick in the crock the night before and then shred it instead of adding it in cubes/chunks. Great recipe idea!

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