Pumpkin Chicken Casserole

I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin, and was pumped to find this recipe for a pumpkin chicken casserole from PaleOMG (my favorite blog, if you haven’t checked it out- go!!) This casserole was SO good and filling, and made enough to last me for a few days. It was also easy to make, although it involved some serious multi-tasking (which I suck at). I’m the type that likes to clean as I go along, and that was just impossible with this recipe. My kitchen was a disaster afterwards, but it was worth it. Disclaimer: I might just be a moron, and it’s probably very do-able to not multi-task like a mofo for this recipe.

Here’s the recipe taken from PaleOMG

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken breasts, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash (I don’t weigh that sh*t), cooked and shredded
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 can canned coconut milk
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Time to roast our veggggggies! Chop your cauliflower and put it in a baking dish topped with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. Then cut your spaghetti squash in half, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and extra threads, place face down on a baking pan. Add the cauliflower and spaghetti squash to the oven, side by side if possible, to roast for around 25 minutes. (Depending how big your spaghetti squash is, the cauliflower made roast a little quicker, but mine cooked at the same time) You will know your spaghetti squash is cooked when you can poke the outside skin and it gives a bit.
  3. While the squash and cauliflower are cooking, it’s time to cook up your chicken. Pull out either a LARGE saucepan or a large pot and put under medium-high heat.
  4. Add olive oil to it along with your minced garlic. Once the garlic begins to smell, add your chopped onions and cook until translucent.
  5. Add your chopped chicken to the cooking onions, cover and let steam for around 5 minutes.
  6. Once the chicken is about 2/3 cooked through, add your can of pumpkin, half can of coconut milk, and spices directly to the pan. Mix thoroughly. Taste to see if you need any more spices or salt.
  7. Once your squash and cauliflower is done cooking, and chicken saucey mixture is heated up, de-thread spaghetti squash with a fork, running the fork the opposite way of the threads.
  8. Add your spaghetti squash threads, roasted cauliflower, and chicken saucey mixture to a 9×11 glass baking dish and add dish to the oven under the broiler. Cook for about 5 minutes, getting a little dark on the top.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit for around 10 minutes to help the sauce thicken up. Then eat the crap of that deliciousness.

Can you see why I love this girl’s blog? She’s hysterical, and the recipes are amazing. I didn’t use cauliflower for this, mainly because I’m not a huge cauliflower fan and had kind of OD’ed on it with my pizza earlier in the week. It still came out tasting delicious, and I sauteed some brussel sprouts with cranberries to have as a veggie on the side. Sidenote- why do brussel sprouts smell so bad but taste SO good?!

-ES

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