I mentioned a few posts back that I was starting a new adventure down the Paleo path. I’ve been attempting gluten-free recipes and my taste buds have been surprisingly happy. I feel like Paleo is gluten-free on steroids. Sayonara grains, legumes, dairy, potatoes and refined salts, sugars and sweets. Hello cavewoman!
This recipe can be as little as 4 ingredients or as many as you want! Best part about this is that you have options. You can make entirely in a crockpot if you have 4-5 hours to let it stew, or you can speed up the time and use the microwave (nothing about Paleo says no modern day equipment 🙂 ).
What you will need:
- 1 medium spaghetti squash (3-4 lbs)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. red curry paste – I used Thai Kitchen – Publix has a ton of varieties and these are paleo!
- 6 cloves glarlic
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- salt/pepper to taste
- parley for garnish
Step 1: Wash the squash. Cut in half along the short side. Scrape out the seeds.
Step 2: Microwave Magic! Poke the top of the squash halves with a fork and place open side down on a microwave save bowl/plate. Add a little bit of water to cover the bottom. Microwave each half for 6 minutes. Note: If you want to only use the crockpot, cooking time will increase from 1 hour to 4-5 hours.
Step 3: The Secret Sauce. Mix the coconut mix and curry paste in the crock pot. The crock pot should be on the low setting. Add 4 cloves of garlic, whole. Slice the other 2 cloves and set aside for the chicken.
Step 4: Add some Protein. Place chicken in a single layered baking dish. Cover slightly with some of the coconut/curry mixture and top with garlic clove slices. Set aside to marinate until about 20 minutes until the squash is done. Then preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or so until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
Step 5: Crock Pot time! Add the squash halves, open side down to the crock pot. Now let it simmer for about 1 hour if you used the microwave or 4-5 hours if not. The squash will be very, very hot and should be very soft at the end of the time. You can see my squash didn’t fit completely in the crock pot… amateur move… make sure it fits!
Step 6: Prep the dish. After the crock pot time has elapsed. remove the squash from the pot. Using a fork, fork out (for lack of a better word) the insides of the squash. It should come out easily and looking like spaghetti. Take the garlic from the pot and squash it. Now add it back to the sauce and pour the sauce over the spaghetti.
Once the chicken is done, top the plate with the Thai Curry Chicken and serve with Organic Wine – YES, PALEO APPROVED!
This sweet girl wanted to play all night and knew exactly where her ball should go for me to get it.