Spaghetti Squash Casserole: Chicken Noodle Style {Lower Carb, Low Calorie & Low Fat}

All the best flavors of chicken noodle soup, made into a quick and easy, healthy spaghetti squash casserole! Perfect for a weeknight meal that is great for kids and adults!

Chicken Noodle Spaghetti Squash Casserole {Low Carb, Low Calorie & Low Fat} - Food Faith Fitness

I feel like I need to put a disclaimer at the very top of this post:

I started a new job, a couple weeks ago, at an insurance underwriter’s office.

I don’t even know what an underwriter is you guys, I just wanted to make some sort of extra dolla dolla bills.  I’ve been talked at for the last 2 weeks with big words and fancy schmancy lingo that this brain does.not.compute.  If only they would speak in the language of squash.  Life is so unfair.

Anyway, my brain is completely and totally melted.   I am even drinking coffee at 7pm to try to make myself a little bit more normal for you guys before I write this post-a-doodle-doo.

I think my subconscious is missing my chickens back at my old farm in good ol’ rainy Washington State.

Side note: I just told the hubby about my drink-coffee-and-get-normal-up-in-here plan and he said “but…you’re never normal.”  What a sweetheart he is.  Really though, he’s right.  Case in point: “post-a-doodle-doo.”  Ya. That.

Anywho, now that you have my disclaimer, we can talk about casserole.  I know what you’re thinking and it goes like this “Chicken Noodle Casserole? Really Taylor? You just called it exactly what the ingredients are, you are such an uncreative person.”

Chicken Noodle Spaghetti Squash Casserole {Low Carb, Low Calorie & Low Fat} - Food Faith Fitness

I really hope that I was exaggerating that last bit, and that you didn’t actually think it.  I’m going to pretend you didn’t, because it makes my face like this :) and not this :).  I also just really like finding an excuse to use emoticons.

Seriously though, I asked my mom what this was called and that is what she told me; so blame her.

It’s a good thing I live in a whole different country, or I’d get in trouble for that one. Love ya Mom!

Speaking of Momma FFF, this is kiiiinda her dish.  This was my absolute favorite dinner in the whole world when I was a little kid.  I didn’t want pizza, I didn’t want hamburgers, I wanted Chicken Noodle Casserole.  I was an odd monkey back then too you guys.

The difference with this casserole is the spaghetti squash. The original has straight up noodles yo’.   I feel like spaghetti squash casseroles are kinda my “thang,” so I obviously had to recreate some child hood memories.  This casserole really does taste like chicken noodle soup…that you eat with a fork.  What? Yes. It’s got some crunch from the celery and onions, but it’s also super smooth and totally creamy thanks to the secret weapon: condensed cream of chicken soup.

Chicken Noodle Spaghetti Squash Casserole {Low Carb, Low Calorie & Low Fat} - Food Faith Fitness

So creamy that I should probably make ice cream with it since I seem to be doing a lot of that these days.

Aaaaand now you’re never coming back.  I was only kidding.

I think.

The only way to turn this around is with Ritz crackers. You love them on broccoli casserole, so you’ll love them on squash casserole right? Yes. They’re buttery, they’re crunchy and they’re whole wheat.

Sometimes I feel like I am writing dating profiles for ingredients.  They also enjoy long, moonlit walks on the beach.

I’m done.

I lied.  I have one final thought for you:  you can make this casserole in.one.dish.

Chicken Noodle Spaghetti Squash Casserole {Low Carb, Low Calorie & Low Fat} - Food Faith Fitness

Lazy-meals-loving-peeps rejoice.

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Chicken Noodle Spaghetti Squash Casserole {Low Carb, Low Calorie & Low Fat}
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Large chicken breast, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • ½ Cup Onion, diced (about 1 small onion)
  • ⅓ Cup Celery, diced
  • 1½ Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 Cups Cooked Spaghetti squash (about one small squash)
  • 1 Can Low fat condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ⅓ Cup Unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ Cup crushed Ritz crackers
Instructions
  1. To roast the squash:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place it cut-side on the prepared baking sheet,
  4. Bake the squash for 30-40 minutes until you can easily pierce it with a fork. You do not want to over bake it, as it will make your casserole mushy and runny.
  5. While the squash cooks, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. Boil the chicken until it is no longer pink inside, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Shred the chicken with two forks and set aside,
  8. Once the squash is out of the oven, lower the heat to 350 degrees and spray a 6x8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  9. Heat the olive oil over high heat in a large pan.
  10. Add the diced celery, onion and the minced garlic. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until soft and translucent, 3-4 minutes.
  11. Add the shredded chicken, cooked squash, condensed soup, milk, salt and pepper and mix until everything is well combined.
  12. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  13. If you want the top to be a little extra crispy, broil on HIGH for 2-3 minutes.
  14. Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving.
  15. Devour!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Yummmmm! I’ve never told you about how much I love squash too and spaghetti squash = one of the favs. This looks awesome! Definitely want to try it. Chicken noodle = such a great winter time meal. Mmmm. Puttin’ on the ritz. Sorry sorry, I couldn’t resist. ;)

  2. Colleen says

    First thing, I am so happy your have inherited my love of emoticons :) :) . Makes me think I raised you right! Also so happy you are putting the “Tate” spin on the one thing you wanted me to make pretty much every week while you were growing up, again, but at the same time, you pleased your dad with the addition of the spaghetti squash….done good on this one Tatey! :D

  3. says

    I love to swap out noodles for spaghetti squash, though admittedly I only use it for “spaghetti”. This is so much more clever, and I adore Ritz crackers as a crunchy topping, or just with cheese!

  4. says

    Congrats on the new job, I’m sure you’ll do great!
    And congrats on making such a fabulous creamy casserole, my mouth is watering! It looks amazing, and the Ritz top sounds too good to be real. I want this for dinner. Everyday. Oh woooow, it sounds so so comforting! ;–)

  5. says

    What a great idea to use spaghetti squash instead of noodles! I love tricking myself into thinking I’m eating comfort food when really it is healthy! This looks so good – perfect for a weeknight dinner!

  6. says

    Congrats on the new job! Even if its just for a dolla dollas that’s still totally cool :) I am all about this casserole! It sounds amazing and something I would shovel in!! I actually think I should go drink some coffee at 8pm so I can make it….yea I’m weird sometimes I cook the next nights meal the night before….these days get busy! PS who wants to be normal?

  7. says

    Congrats on the new job (even if you don’t really know what an underwriter is, anyway, haha)! I so love spaghetti squash and love how you baked it into a casserole! So clever! Genius, really :) Pinning so I remember to try this!

  8. says

    Ohhhh girl! I just started a new job a month ago and it has really thrown my brain for a loop-de-loop. I’m convinced humans are not made to work 40 hours a week. Craaaazy! Anyway, you’ll get the hang of the jargon and half of it is just folks throwing around fancy buzz words ;)

    I LOVE spaghetti squash! I need to make this casserole ASAP!!

    • Tate says

      I am so with you on not made to work 40 hours a week!! You are so right about the fancy buzz words ;)
      Thanks for the casserole love and the job encouragement lady!!

  9. says

    I’m getting over being sick right now and seriously, majorly craving all the comfort food in the world and a hot, heaping plate of this looks like just what I want right now. Yum yum yum, especially considering my recently obsession with spaghetti squash. Good stuff!

  10. says

    I grew up on tuna noodle casserole and my mom used to crumble it with ritz crackers! Love love love this recipe! And your blog. So glad we found each other :)

    And I totally feel ya on not understand what the heck is going on at work. Before I quit in December I worked in brain imaging research and I legit had no clue what was happening. I just couldn’t suck it up any longer for the dolla dolla bills!

    • Tate says

      Brain imaging research? Whoa. Girl, that sounds insane! So glad I am not alone in the world of job confusion!

      Thanks so much! Likewise! :)

  11. says

    I love spaghetti squash and have been looking for new ways to prepare it. This looks amazing and love the creative chicken noodle spin of flavors in here! Can’t wait to try this, pinning :) Thanks so much for sharing Taylor and congrats on the new job :)

    • Taylor Kiser says

      There is such a small amount of crackers, that it lends very few carbs. I definitely understand what you mean about the soup. But, compared to the traditional noodle casserole, this is much lower carb which is where the comparison was being made! :)

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