Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash Casserole Recipe

Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 1/4 cup ranch dressing (choose your favorite brand)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

1. Roast the spaghetti squash

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Prepare squash: Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the flesh with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Roast: Place the squash halves cut-side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 45-60 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Shred: Let the squash cool slightly. Then, use a fork to scrape the flesh into spaghetti-like strands.

2. Prepare the filling

  • Cook the bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan.
  • Cook chicken: Add the chicken pieces to the hot skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • Sauté vegetables: Add the onion to the skillet and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Add spinach: Add the spinach to the skillet and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 1 minute.

3. Assemble the casserole

  • Combine ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the spaghetti squash strands, crispy bacon, cooked chicken, sautéed vegetables, ranch dressing, beaten eggs, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to baking dish: Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake: Bake the casserole for 30-35 minutes, or until the center is set and lightly golden on top.
  • Optional: Broil: If desired, broil for 1-2 minutes for a crispier top.

Tips

Dairy-free: Use a dairy-free ranch dressing for a dairy-free option.

Flavor variations: Add other vegetables like diced bell peppers or mushrooms. Spice things up with a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Make it ahead: Prepare the casserole up to a day in advance and store it covered in the refrigerator. Bake just before serving.

Enjoy your delicious and hearty Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash Casserole!

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