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Garlic Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1 med/med-large spaghetti squash

1-1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts thinly sliced or pounded to 1/2" thickness

3 Tbsp. Bittersweet Herb Farm Garlic with Rosemary Oil 

For the Pesto:

1 cup raw shelled walnuts (or pine nuts)

3 cups fresh basil leaves

4 cloves garlic

3 tsp   Bittersweet Herb Farm Garlic with Rosemary Oil 

3/4 tsp salt you can adjust to your taste

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

Cut the squash in half, lengthwise, using a large sharp knife. Scoop out (I use a large spoon) the seeds and strings, lightly coat with  Bittersweet Herb Farm Garlic with Rosemary Oil, then place face-down on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Roast in the 425-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Or until the squash can be pushed from the outside a bit with your finger. Once you remove the squash, lower the oven to 400 degrees.

While the squash is cooking, add all of the pesto ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and process/blend on high speed until a "paste" forms, stopping to scrape the sides and stir once or twice for even blending. Store the pesto in a covered container/jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Allow the squash to cool enough to handle, and, using a fork going lengthwise down the squash, remove spaghetti strings from both sides of the squash and place them in a large bowl.

While the squash rests, cook the chicken. Heat a large skillet over med/med-hi heat and add your  Bittersweet Herb Farm Garlic with Rosemary Oil . Sprinkle the chicken lightly with salt and pepper, add the chicken to the pan cook 2-3 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center. Remove from pan to a plate, and allow to cool a bit. Once cool enough to handle, slice or chop into bite-size pieces.

In a casserole dish, gently toss the spaghetti with the chicken and pesto to thoroughly coat (about 1 cup).

Put the casserole dish in the oven for about 10 minutes, or enough time to fully heat through and blend everything. Remove and serve!

Enjoy!


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