It’s the season for baked spaghetti squash recipes, and luckily I have quite a few healthy meal prep recipes that will hook you up. If you are on the keto or low carb diet, then spaghetti squash is the perfect veggie to get your spaghetti on. This meal prep recipe has juicy spice crusted chicken thighs marinated in garlic yogurt sauce.
I was debating if I should do a wet or dry marinade for the chicken thighs, so I decided to do both! The smoked paprika and cumin add so much flavor to the chicken without adding any additional fat. The yogurt marinade tenderizes the chicken and adds even more flavor, so you end up with a boneless chicken thighs that is huge on flavor. If you are looking for more easy marinated chicken recipes for meal prep, try this fennel spiced chicken thighs recipe and this oven baked BBQ chicken recipe.
Chicken Meal Prep
This meal prep recipe for chicken makes 5 servings for the week. The chicken and spaghetti squash will last for 5 days in the fridge or the chicken thighs can be frozen for 2-3 months. Cooked spaghetti squash can’t be frozen as it will make the texture wet and slimy. You can make this meal prep recipe with boneless chicken breasts if you want. Just make sure not to overcook them. Follow my instructions for cooking a chicken breast like in this recipe for chicken and rice meal prep.
Whenever you cook chicken, it needs to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before hitting the pan or oven. Cold chicken will cook unevenly and be tough. If you are cooking a whole chicken, it needs to sit out for 3o-40minutes to get rid of the chill.
Baked Spaghetti Squash
We all know baked spaghetti squash isn’t really your traditional pasta, but it’s great if you are on the keto or low carb diet. Before you start cooking the spaghetti squash, I suggest you first watch my video below to learn how to cut open a spaghetti squash safely. Fingers are soft and squash is hard, so you will lose this battle every time. The safest way to cut a spaghetti squash is to align the knife lengthwise on the squash and use a rolling pin to tap it down, keeping your fingers out of the way.
Check out my other chicken meal prep recipes featuring squash: