Summer Chicken and Veggie Spaghetti

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Summer spaghetti is a lightened up version of the family favorite, made with chicken, fresh tomatoes and plenty of seasonal vegetables. Serve over regular pasta or a vegetable pasta.

PREP TIME 10 minutes

COOK TIME 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME 30 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced small (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow squash, chopped
  • 4-6 mushrooms, quartered (I used white button mushrooms)
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes, chopped (or you can sub with a can of diced tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup marinara (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1-2 cups cooked shredded chicken (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cooked spaghetti squash or whole-wheat spaghetti noodles


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Add zucchini, squash and mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes, until tender. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper
  2. Add tomatoes and seasonings and sauté until the tomatoes start to break down a bit and the mixture gets more juicy. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Add the marinara – using as much as you need/want to get it to the right sauciness level. That’s a technical term. And you know, sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper.
  4. Add the cooked chicken and stir until warmed through.
  5. Turn off heat and serve over spaghetti squash or whole-wheat spaghetti noodles.


You can certainly use the more traditional ground beef or ground turkey instead of chicken in this recipe. Just sauté it first and once it’s about halfway cooked, add the onion and continue with the recipe. You can serve this with real noodles or with spaghetti squash noodles. For spaghetti squash, just cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and inner goop. Place flesh side down on a roasting pan and roast at 400 for about 45 minutes. Remove, let cool a bit and use a fork to scrape the inside of the spaghetti squash, which will get you the lovely strands.






© Kathryn Doherty

CUISINE: American / CATEGORY: Chicken

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