Delicious Paprika Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash and Linguine - One of the best Syn Free pasta dishes you will taste!!
Okay, okay, I know I might be slightly biased when I say that, but seriously trust me. It's really good. I mean like REALLY good.
It's creamy, it's chicken and it's pasta, what more could one want?
This is actually a real oldie from the blog, one that I recently revisited because it popped into my head when I spotted a box of linguine in my pantry and really felt the photo that was originally on this recipe needed to be updated because it just didn't do it justice and show it in its full deliciousness.
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Now onto this recipe for Paprika Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash and Linguine. It was actually an accidental creation. Sometimes those are the best right? I love butternut squash and 9/10 when it's roasted I just have to sprinkle on a little paprika. They are just the perfect combination. It's as though the paprika does something magical, giving it a lovely golden colour as it roasts. Delicious!!
I love butternut squash and 9/10 when it's roasted I just have to sprinkle on a little paprika. They are just the perfect combination. It's as though the paprika does something magical, giving it a lovely golden kind of caramelization as it roasts. Delicious!!
So when I decided on some chicken to go with it, that just had to have some paprika too, along with some onion and garlic of course.
One pasta dish I love is Carbonara, and my Syn Free Spaghetti Carbonara is seriously good, plus there is no yoghurt or quark in sight if you are one of those hater's. Definitely another one to add to your list if you haven't yet tried it.
Many assume that carbonara has some kind of cream added to it, but that flavour comes solely from a mixture of eggs and cheese.
So when thinking of what to use to give this pasta dish that amazing finish, I used a similar technique for this. Adding a little pasta water, parmesan and 1 egg to a bowl and whisk to a creamy sauce and stirring it through right at the end. It coats the pasta making it so silky and delicious. Plus you really do not need much cheese at all. Just 30g in a recipe that serves 4, so if you syn that little bit of cheese in 1 serving, it saves your full Healthy Extra A for elsewhere in the day.
Meaning you can enjoy those extra cups of tea and coffee instead.
What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Paprika Chicken and Roasted Butternut Squash with Linguine?
- Oven Proof Dish
- Non Stick Frying Pan
- Large Saucepan
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Mixing Bowl
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
Syn Free Paprika Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash and Linguine
This recipe is Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendlyExtra Easy - 1.5 syns per serving (or syn free when using HEa for cheese)WW Smart Points - 10
- 350g (12.5oz) of chicken thigh, visible fat removed and sliced into pieces
- 400g (14oz) of chopped butternut squash
- 1 onion, halved and sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic crushed
- 250g (9oz) of linguine pasta (can use gluten free)
- 1 egg, leave it to reach room temperature, don’t use it straight from the fridge
- 30g (1oz) of parmesan cheese (half grated and half in shavings) (1xHEa’s)
- 2 tsp paprika
- salt and black pepper
- ½ cup (120ml) of chicken stock
- ¼ cup (60ml) of reserved pasta water
- spray oil
- Fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 200c or 400f (gas mark 6). Add the butternut squash to an ovenproof dish, spray with spray oil and add 1 tsp of paprika and mix to coat.
- Place in the oven and roast for approx 30 mins until lightly golden.
- Spray a frying pan with spray oil, add the chicken, onion and garlic, with the remaining paprika and a little salt and black pepper and cook until tender and slightly golden.
- Add the stock, and some fresh parsley and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the butternut squash.
- Add the linguine to a saucepan of boiling hot water and cook until al dente.
- Add the egg to a bowl, along with the parmesan.
- Once the pasta is cooked, add to the chicken and mix together.
- Add the reserved pasta water to the egg and parmesan and whisk till a smooth sauce.
- Add this to the pasta, remove from heat and stir through to coat.
- Season with a little more black pepper over the top.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 439Total Fat 7.2gSaturated Fat 2.9gCholesterol 119mgSodium 480.4mgCarbohydrates 60.4gFiber 4.1gSugar 3.2gProtein 30.4g
I love delicious yet light and healthy dishes. And this is one of them!
Shevy, This recipe looks great and I'm hoping to make it later today. However you might want to edit the steps as towards the end there's some repetition, and a step 11 which has no text? Maybe you were too distracted by your lovely tasty dish!;-))
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
haha thanks so much for pointing that out. It was late at night when I typed it up.
Made the paprika chicken and butternut squash dish. unfortunately there's a step missing about when tobadd butternut squash. As a result I forgot itvwasbin the oven so didn't add it. Lovely as the dish was, the instructions need amending..
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
Thanks, Kay. Unfortunately, when I updated the recipe box, it messed up and repeated steps for some reason, and so missed that part out, it is now correct. Sorry for the confusion 🙂
Sandra Webster says
Made this for dinner tonight as i was searching for recipes for butternut squash. It was delicious, the flavours were amazing. Thanks so much for yet another wonderful recipe.
Lovely and easy recipe. I very much enjoyed making and eating this dish.
Paula Shawcroft says
Loved this so much I'm making it again tonight, a whole two days later .. Thank you
Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Will be making this again! Thank you!
Rita Nichols says
OMG. This is one of my fave recipes now! Absolutely delicious!
Could I use quark instead of parmasen cheese to make it syn free? Thanks, Andréa
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
Hi Andrea - you won't get the same result with quark, using the parmesan as your healthy extra A choice, this will be syn free anyway.
John M says
This was bloody beautiful lol def a crowd please. My partner and I inhaled this.
Would you be able to re-heat the next day?
Daniela P says
This pasta is definitely an Autumn twist to a carbonara! This was so delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe x