Spaghetti Squash Nests Chicken Gyro is a quick and easy low-carb meal to serve on a busy weeknight, or as part of a festive celebration dinner. Spaghetti squash is a winter vegetable that’s oval and yellow, with a hard skin and soft flesh that resembles spaghetti strands when scraped once it’s cooked. It’s delicate in flavor – a little sweet though much milder than butternut squash and acorn squash – and watery.
Optavia Spaghetti Squash Nests Chicken Gyro Recipe
The squash flesh is crunchy and stringy which is why it’s a popular choice to use as a substitute for pasta or Asian noodle-based dishes. An average spaghetti squash measures between 8-14 inches in length and weighs 2-3 pounds.
Spaghetti Squash Nests:
Chicken Gyro filling:
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Bake spaghetti squash halves with the cut side down on a sheet pan at 400⁰F for 30 minutes, until the flesh of the squash, can be shredded with a fork.
- Remove the squash from the oven, allow it to cool, and shred the flesh with a fork into a bowl. Measure out 4 cups, saving any leftovers for another meal.
- Combine the spaghetti squash with the salt, parmesan, and eggs; mix well.
- Fill 12 indentations of a silicone muffin pan or a muffin pan lined with parchment baking cups with the spaghetti squash mixture, leaving a well in the center of each for the filling.
- Bake the spaghetti squash nests at 400⁰F for 12 minutes until they begin to brown.
- Combine the chicken breast with the remaining gyro ingredients, and fill each nest with an equal amount of the chicken gyro mixture.
- Bake at 400⁰F for 15 minutes.
Spaghetti Squash Nest Directions:
Chicken Gyro Filling
Serving Size 4
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 330
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 13g20%
- Total Carbohydrate 16g6%
- Protein 36g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.