Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Yesterday just felt like a good day to stuff an acorn squash. I had one sitting on my counter for quite some time and it was just begging to be cooked. Since both husband and child don’t like it I made a solo meal just for me and, well, it was DELICIOUS!

Here’s what I did…

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • 1 acorn squash cut in half with seeds removed
  • 2 slices of sweet onion chopped
  • 1/2 of a small-medium zucchini chopped
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 oz of cooked chicken (I used leftovers) chopped
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp salsa
  • 1 Mini-Babybel Light
  • Dried Cilantro for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place one of the racks on the lowest setting.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Lay the squash cut side down.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - step 1

I cut a slice off the top to help stabilize it when turned over.

Place the squash on the lowest rack to help caramelize the flesh. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then turn the squash over, sprinkle with a little salt, and move to the center rack.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - step 2

Roast for 10 more minutes or until the flesh is soft to the touch.

While the squash is in the oven, sauté the onion, zucchini, and peppers in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Let the veggies get scorched a bit by leaving it alone on the heat for 30 seconds to a minute and then toss. This adds TONS of flavor.

Once the veggies are soft and browning, add the chicken, cumin, chili powder and salsa. Toss and cook for a few more minutes, allowing all the flavors to merge.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - the filling

By this time your squash should be done and out of the oven.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - cooked squash

Pile the chicken and veggies into each squash half. It will be a lot. Pack it in there!

Cut the Mini-Babybel Light into small pieces and scatter them on top of the stuffing.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - step 3

Return to oven until cheese melts, approximately 5 minutes.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - Done

I was planning on only eating half, but it was just too good! I had both…

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - second serving

Even Little Bean got in on the squash action.

Chicken and Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash - Little Bean squash

At first he wasn’t sure about the texture, but he ate a few bites!

Here’s the nutritional information for the entire recipe. Half it if you are able to eat only one. I dare ya. ;)

(side note: The points seem high, I base them on the nutritional info. If you count all the veggies in the recipe as 0 you’re only looking at the chicken and cheese which I’d estimate to be 5 points.)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
400 6g 10g old: 8 new: 10
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
12g 2g 63g 30g
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15 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Diane in Wisconsin

    Ran it through Recipe Builder and it came out to 10 with new WW points – will be lovin’ this. All my favs and well worth 10 points.

  2. Kelly Bolduc

    D: That looks so delicious! I had to pass up on squash on the last grocery store visit bc they had them at $4.99 a lb for ALL squash and they were monsters. And I don’t know about squash, but I know when zucchini get too big they taste like crap so I refused to buy it.
    Also… who really wants an acorn squash the size of a large cabbage? Its pretty inconvenient to have such a large veg on the counter lol.

    1. from Japan w love

      i actually freeze pumpkin/squash!

      i keep mine frozen one month

      slightly boil then cut

      we never get many large squash in my area but that sounds correct on not having flavour :(

  3. Kelly Bolduc

    One more thing. Did the cheese and squash taste well together or was it different from what you expected (but still tasty)?

  4. roni

    It really was a delicious combo. I didn’t eat the cheese and squash alone together but a bit of squash, filling and cheese was tasted perfect!

    Oh and 4.99 /pound! That’s crazy!

  5. Kelly

    I made this last night. I had one half for dinner and I’m having the other half for lunch today. Very yummy! If I could get my husband and daughter to actually try it I think they’d really like it too..one of these days=)

  6. Geri-Lyn

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I didn’t have zucchini, so I used the mushrooms and spinach I had in the fridge. I’ll definitely make again:-)

  7. from Japan w love

    this looks amazing and just what i needed to find!! making tonight :)

    your recipes are all amazing

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