These Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats made with chicken are absolutely delicious and soooo simple to make. They do have to bake for an hour and 25 minutes total, so planning for that is important. But they are so easy. The total prep time is only a few minutes. They are a meal that is extremely hands off. And spaghetti noodle squash feels so cozy to me. It screams fall and winter. The squash warms the house while it bakes and has a subtle fall smell. It's a great comfort food, yet this vegetable spaghetti is still packed full of nutrients and is low calorie. Not to mention this meal is so delicious. The whole family loves it and asks for more. We always make sure to make a bunch so that we have leftovers.
So Simple and Easy to Make
These spaghetti squash boats are just so easy to make. They are a go to for me when I don't know what to make. They're pretty mindless and are perfect for when I need to work in the afternoons/ evenings or have a lot going on with the kids.
Let's Make Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats
First start with your spaghetti squash (also called vegetable marrow) and cut it in half vertically. Scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350*F for about one hour. Use a fork to test for doneness. The outside should feel slightly soft.The meat of the squash should pull away from the edges when you put your fork in and pull.
Put a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese on the bottom of the boat, then a layer of shredded chicken. Cover generously with your favorite spaghetti sauce then top with more cheese.
Return to the oven and bake an additional 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. I like to turn on the broiler at the end for a minute or so to get the cheese extra bubbly. If you use the broiler, don't walk away from your vegetable spaghetti boats! There have been ta few times that I have walked away and returned 4 or 5 minutes later to charred cheese. Broiling goes very quickly.
Fluff the squash with a fork, pulling it away from the edges, and serve! Sometimes as we get deeper into the squash we find that we need more sauce. Feel free to add more sauce!