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Chicken and Leek Stuffed Gem Squash

Chicken and Leek Stuffed Gem Squash

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Serving Size: 5


  • 1 pound boneless skinless high quality chicken breast or thigh, diced
  • 5 gem squash, halved (if they are too hard to cut soften them in the microwave for 1 minute).
  • 1 bunch of small leeks (or 1-2 large ones), clean and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBS coconut oil
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Pinch of dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to drizzle


  1. Place the squash open side down in a large pot with a steamer basket for 15 minutes (you may need to prepare the squash in batches).
  2. Heat the oven to 375oF.
  3. In a separate pan, sauté the leeks and garlic in the coconut oil. Add the chicken and cook half way. Add the broth, herbs and salt and pepper, and then cook until the chicken is done all the way through and most of the broth is evaporated.
  4. Remove the squash from the steamer and place open side up on a cookie sheet. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and stuff with the chicken mixture.
  5. Cook for 35 minutes or until the squash is soft and the chicken is brown.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy.


Spaghetti squash will work for this recipes, however you only need 1-2 large spaghetti squash as these are larger than gem squash and cooking times may vary.

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