Tobins' Tastes: Pesto Spaghetti Squash With Chicken & Honey Glazed Carrots

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pesto Spaghetti Squash With Chicken & Honey Glazed Carrots

Last night I made a dinner that was totally blog worthy. And I am not in the least bit humble about it. It was so pretty, I couldn't stop taking picture of it. And it was so simple and relatively healthy too. The menu was panko crusted chicken, pesto spaghetti squash and honey glazed carrots. It incorporated three of my favorite phrases when it comes to dinner: panko, pesto and honey glazed.

You may be a little concerned about the spaghetti squash aspect of this dinner.  I understand. I am the pickiest eater around. No really. I have never had a hamburger, I hate red sauce (much to my husband's despair), and I don't like ranch dressing. I am a weirdo when it comes to food but I love spaghetti squash.

I was also intimidated by the way it is prepared. But after a little practice, I am almost a pro. It actually takes no skill at all apparently. You can basically treat spaghetti squash like you would a regular pasta. You can toss it with sauce, olive oil, butter, or in our case pesto.

I paired the spaghetti squash with panko crusted, baked chicken and my absolute favorite way to eat carrots, honey glazed. (Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book)

How pretty is that plate? Totally blog worthy!

I pretty much had everything on hand to make this dinner except for the spaghetti squash. Justin was able to pick up two 1.5 pound spaghetti squash for about $1.50 each. We always get our spaghetti squash at the farmers' market or a local produce stand because we find that they are very expensive at the grocery store and not always that fresh either.

We coated the chicken in panko bread crumbs and baked it as usual. Since the chicken was really fresh we didn't even need an egg wash for it. I was able to bake the chicken in the oven while roasting the spaghetti squash and saute the carrots while they both were baking. Talk about minimal time in the kitchen.

We topped our meal off by each having a Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Heart and I pretty much felt like the queen of domesticity.

Pesto Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 three pound spaghetti squash or 2 one and a half pound spaghetti squash
  • Olive oil and Italian seasoning 
  • Pesto (store bought or home made)
  • Grated or shredded cheese for topping
1.) Through trial and error, I have found this to be the best way to "cook" spaghetti squash. Cut your squash in half down the middle. It may help to cut off the top part where the stem is. Use a spoon to scoop the insides out of the squash.

2.) Place squash cut side up on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Lightly brush the insides of the squash with olive oil and season with Italian seasoning (or any other blend of seasoning you prefer).

3.) Roast at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the squash. The edges will get slightly browned and the flesh of the squash should pull away easily with a fork.

4.) Use a fork to scrape the flesh of the squash off of the rind. It should look like spaghetti noodles. Side aside in a large bowl.

5.) In a large sauce pan heat up your pesto on medium heat. We used store bought pesto that I got on sale last week but you can always use your own homemade recipe.

6.) Once pesto is warmed up, toss in your spaghetti squash until it is warmed all the way through. Turn off the heat and top with shredded or grated cheese of your choice.

7.) Serve warm and top with chicken or anything else you please.


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  1. I love speghetti squash and pesto ...can't wait to try the two toghter!! I pinned it to my Looks Yummy board. :)

  2. Your mom thinks this is a pretty impressive dinner!

  3. Love spaghetti squash! What a great idea to combine it with pesto.

  4. I am so into spaghetti squash! Had it for the first time in years yesterday and LOVED it.. Can't wait to try your recipe

  5. Looks delicious! I have't tried spaghetti squash yet, but I'm going to soon. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  6. I found you from Southern Savers. This looks delicious! I love pesto and spaghetti squash. I will definitely be trying this soon. Thanks!

  7. Wow! That looks really yummy!! Thanks for linking it up to Fantabulous Friday @ Little Becky Homecky!!

  8. Hi Kaylee,
    What a great meal, it all looks delicious! Hope you have a Very Special Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. This looks amazing! I love crunchy chicken and spaghetti squash. I've got it pinned

    I'd love if you linked up at my new link party!

  10. This looks so good! My mouth is watering! I'd love for you to share at the new link party tomorrow!

  11. I'm your newest follower! This spaghetti squash looks awesome, I'm definitely going to try it. Great photos to show how to do it, too. Please stop by and follow back when you can. I'll be here often, I'm sure!

  12. MM I love spaghetti squash I bet this is delicious! Thank you for sharing at Sunday round Up!
    -Kayla :)

  13. Oh this sounds and looks amazing. Ill have to try this sometime :)

  14. Okay I love pesto pasta and I love spaghetti squash so why have I never thought to put them together?! This is much better for the waistline too. I am so pinning and am going to do this. I'd love to have you post this to my link party tomorrow.

    Hopping over from Serendipity and Spice.

  15. That sounds so good. I have never had pesto anything but I'll have to give this a try.
    Thanks for sharing this @ The Sunday Round Up.
    Hope to see you again next week.

  16. This whole dinner looks really good. I have never had spaghetti squash before, but I like other types of squash so I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday! I hope to see you at the next party!

  17. Hey Kaylee! Great recipes you have shared with us at Kids in the Kitchen. Thank you so much! I grew up eating those glazed carrots-thanks for the memories. :) Hope to see you again next Tuesday. Blessings

  18. thanks for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen! I need to try this one- I've never made it before- I do yellow squash and yellow squash (we call it summer squash) but not spaghetti squash - you've inspired me!

  19. I tried spaghetti squash once...., it didn't turn out well. This looks fantastic! I think I need to give it another go. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  20. This looks SO good! We love squash and pesto, so I know this will be a hit in our house. Please feel free to come over and link up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I'd love to have you join us! Many blessings, Lisa

  21. Mmmm this looks delicious, I love the addition of the pesto!

  22. I have really been wanting to try spaghetti squash, thanks for sharing.

  23. KAYLEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in love with your Pesto Spaghetti Squash!!! I'm DROOLING!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  24. Such a colorful plate! I can't wait to try the pesto squash! We'd love it if you linked up with us for Tasty Tuesday over at! ~ Holley

    1. Thanks for linking up! We hope to see you again next week!

  25. I have a spaghetti squash sitting on the counter right now. Yum - love this idea.

  26. My mother-in-law introduced me to spaghetti squash... much to my husband's dismay. He can't stand it, but I'm thinking the pesto may disguise it well enough so that he doesn't have to know ;)

  27. I just happen to have some spaghetti squash on hand and I haven't quite known what to do with it. LOL I do now, though! This looks easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing it and inspiring tonight's side dish! ~Mary

  28. Hiya Kaylee, I've always wanted to try spaghetti squash and your recipe seems so simple, yummy! Thanks for sharing. Do you also have the recipe for your chicken? It all looks so good.
    I'm a new follower and found you through Home Decor and Organizing party. I'd love if you could link your recipe to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party going on through Sunday.

  29. Ok I may have to try these recipe, hopefully my kids will like it. It will be a great way to get them to eat their veggies. Stopping by from the eye heart link party

  30. I love spaghetti squash! I haven't had it forever. I'll have to try your recipe, it looks good. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesday.

  31. Your mom is right -- this is a pretty impressive dinner! :-) I'm just learning to cook with spaghetti squash. Pinned this inspirational recipe! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!

  32. You've been featured this week at Bringing Beauty! Come grab a button!
    Xoxo - Four Sisters

  33. Kaylee, this recipe so caught my eye when you linked up on my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop at Ducks 'n a Row last week! Liked it so much that your site is going to be our spotlight THIS Wednesday. Please be sure to stop by. :)


  34. Hmmm. I was typing up a comment, and it disappeared. If it reappears, please delete it--since it was not complete. What a creative idea. I've seen spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce, but never with pesto. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend. (I found this post from your lightened up favorites.)


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