Low Carb Chicken Alfredo Recipe!
Hubby does most of the cooking and he is really good at it! I am loving all of the great sugar free recipes he cooks. Last night he made Low Carb Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash in place of the Fettuccine and it was sooo good!
Where Does Alfredo Sauce Come From?
Contrary to common belief, Alfredo sauce isn’t actually Italian. In its place, there are plenty of different pasta sauces where it is similarly based from– a combination of butter and Parmigiano.
So why is it called Alfredo? Well, that’s because the dish was prepared by a Roman restaurater called Alfredo di Lelio. He named his butter and cheese linguine dish after himself in 1914, which was quickly picked up by American tourists who were visiting Rome. According to legends though, Hollywood actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford noticed the dish during their honeymoon and introduced it to their friends when they got back home. This made the dish popular throughout the world.
How Is This A Low Carb Recipe
Typically, people eat Chicken Alfredo with either fettuccine or linguine pasta. But for those who are following a low carb diet, these two options are off the table. Instead, we are using squash spaghetti, which is basically squash stripped until it resembles spaghetti.
So even if you’re on a low carb diet, you can still enjoy this dish whenever you’re craving for it. Apart from being a low carb option, it goes well with a number of other flavors. You can easily mix this with the following:
- Basil and thyme
- Bell Peppers
- Garlic and onions
- Parmesan or other cheeses
- Tomato sauce and tomatoes
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Tip On Slicing Spaghetti Squash In Half
One thing that many people struggle with is preparing the spaghetti squash. And since squash has thick walls, it can be difficult to cut through.
In order to cut squash in half, you will need a very sharp knife and a cutting board that won’t slip on you. One way you can stop the chopping board from moving around is to place it on a wrung-out kitchen or paper towel. When you have prepared a flat surface to cut the squash safely, you can start cutting it in half.
- Rest the squash on the chopping board horizontally. With your non-dominant hand, hold the squash in place.
- Cut off the top and bottom edges. Make sure to keep your hand away from the knife.
- Turn the squash upright. The wide end should be against the board so you can keep it stable when you slice. Starting at the top, slice downward. Make sure your hands are not beneath the knife.
When you have successfully cut the squash in half, you can start preparing it to become spaghetti squash.
Does It Really Taste Like Spaghetti Though?
So here’s the thing… you can’t really expect spaghetti squash to taste like pasta. But once it’s cooked, the yellow flesh part of the vegetable separates into thin long strands that you can twirl around your fork like spaghetti. Its texture is similar to angel hair pasta. It also has a tender and chewy taste, but can be fragile.
So yes, it looks and has a texture like pasta, but it’s not gonna fool anyone. But once you get the hang of eating spaghetti squash, you won’t be turning back to regular pasta. And really, you have to remember that you’re doing this for your health.
Here’s his recipe:
1 Spaghetti Squash
2 boneless, chicken breasts
1 tsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup heavy Cream
1 1/2 Cups grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat
- Add heavy cream, salt and pepper to taste, (optional 1 clove crushed garlic)
- Simmer for about 5 minutes
- Add cheese and whisk quickly until heated
- Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
- Cut squash in half lengthwise
- Scoop out seeds with spoon
- Place cut side down in a baking pan filled with enough water to cover 1/2″ of the squash
- Bake in oven uncovered for 35 – 40 minutes
- Cut chicken breast in strips
- Saute’ chicken in Olive Oil over medium heat until cooked through, but still tender
- Once chicken is cooked add Alfredo Sauce and stir until sauce is thoroughly heated
- Remove squash from oven, use fork to scrape out “meat” from inside squash. It will look like spaghetti when you scrape with the fork.
- Place squash spaghetti in bowl add chicken and Alfredo mixture
- Toss and serve, you can add Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serves 4.
This was so good and so quick and easy, too! You can also have Spaghetti Squash as a side dish!