HG's Chicken Piccata with Spaghetti Squash
Entire recipe: 321 calories, 7.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 750mg sodium, 22g carbs, 4g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 34.5g protein
Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle™) SmartPoints® value 3*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 3*
1 spaghetti squash (you’ll only use about 1/4th of it)
2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light or Brummel & Brown)
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. plus 1 dash each salt and black pepper
1 tbsp. whole-wheat flour
One 5-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 tsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. dry white wine
1 1/2 tsp. capers, drained
1 tsp. lemon juice
Microwave whole squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Slice into quarters; scoop out and discard seeds. Save three quarters for another time.
Place one spaghetti squash quarter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave for 7 minutes, or until soft.
Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as possible. Measure out 1 1/4 cups, and place in a medium bowl. (If needed, repeat process with another squash quarter. Save any remaining for another time.) Add 1 tsp. butter, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, and dash each salt and black pepper. Mix well. Cover to keep warm.
In a wide bowl, mix flour with remaining 1/8 tsp. garlic powder.
Season chicken with remaining 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Thoroughly coat chicken with the seasoned flour, pressing firmly to help it adhere.
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Place chicken over spaghetti squash, and re-cover to keep warm.
To make the sauce, in a small nonstick pot, combine broth with cornstarch, and stir to dissolve. Add wine, capers, lemon juice, and remaining 1 tsp. butter. Stir well. Set heat to medium low. Stirring frequently, cook until sauce is slightly thickened and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
Pour sauce over chicken and spaghetti squash.
MAKES 1 SERVING