This is a great way to change up a family favorite.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hr
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup almond meal
1 tbsp paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
olive oil cooking spray
1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lb), cut in half
3/4 cups spaghetti sauce (optional homemade)
1 – Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray
2 - Filet chicken breasts so breasts are 1/2 inch thick
3 – In shallow dish, combine almond meal, paprika, garlic, cumin, cayenne, pepper, and salt.
4 - Put 2 cups of apple sauce in a bowl and dredge each piece of chicken in apple sauce then coat with almond spice mixture completely coating all sides of the chicken breast and place flat on cookie sheet. (optional to use eggs instead of applesauce)
5 – Bake chicken for 25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 160°F and breading is crispy brown.
6 – After sticking chicken in oven, place squash, cut sides up, in microwaveable dish. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave on High 25 minutes or until fork-tender. Using a fork, scrape flesh from squash. Keep warm until ready to serve.
7 – Meanwhile, heat remaining spaghetti sauce in medium saucepan over medium heat and add lots of Italian seasoning. Keep warm until both chicken and squash are ready.
8 - When chicken is crispy, put 1 cup of squash on serving dish and place one chicken breast on top of the squash. Spoon about 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce onto each chicken breast and voila, dairy free chicken Parmesan.
For those looking for something a little less healthy
This particular recipe is made to be paleo and non-dairy but you can make some of the following changes to the recipe to suite your own taste and dietary needs:
1 - Use eggs instead of applesauce to coat the chicken for the breading
2 - Add parmesan cheese to both the breading and on top of the sauce when serving.
3 - Use whole wheat angel hair pasta instead of spaghetti squash.
4 - Add olive oil or butter to spaghetti squash for added flavor.
Cooking is fun so make each recipe your own. Enjoy.
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