Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta


Sooooo who else has about a megaton of leftover chicken in the fridge?  Where does this sh*t come from??

Oh, well…if you must know Ross and I went all Game of Thrones and had roast capon on Sunday night.  It’s basically a really big, really rich chicken.  Then Ross left town for work.  And I had the mangled carcass just…staring at me for DAYS.

Oh, yeah.  There was also the tray of chicken thighs I cooked up for lunches last week…I had one and then discovered this meal.  Chicken is utterly useless in my life right now.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of chicken.  I mean, you can do some pretty fun stuff with it, but I hate it on its own and if you want to make it all fun and stuff, it just takes work.  And frankly I’m just not in the mood.

Originally I had wanted to use some Italian sausage in this meal (got a lot of that hanging around, too…oops) but I was in a charitable mood and decided to give all my extra chicken another chance at tastiness.  Man-oh-man.  This was not only an effective use of leftovers, it was a chicken dance in my mouth, y’all.



1 Large Spaghetti Squash, roasted and cooled

28 oz Tomato Sauce, canned or home-made

1 c Canned Coconut Milk

1 t Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 c Fresh Packed Basil, finely chopped

2 lbs Cooked Chicken, shredded


Heat a pot over medium-high heat.  Add the tomato sauce, coconut milk, seasoning, and basil.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Add the chicken.  Let simmer for 15 minutes.

De-seed the spaghetti squash and fork out the strands into a serving bowl.  Pour the hot sauce on top and toss to coat.

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5 thoughts on “Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

  1. canadagirleatspaleo

    yeah…this looks awesome. I will sooo be using this on chicken leftovers sometime soon. What you said is totally true, chicken really does need fancying up a lot of the time. Except skin on chicken thighs…heaven!

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  4. Tara

    When cooking with chicken, the meal is either a big success or a big disappointment. I can’t seem to find a middle ground. So I was a little hesitant at first to try this recipe. However, I love it! The coconut milk and basil make the dish! Thanks for posting. Will definitely be making it again.


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