BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

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BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

If you’re reading this between the hours of 7am and 12pm, I’m en route to California.

One of my childhood friends is getting married in Big Sur this weekend and we’ve taken this opportunity to make a mini-vacation out of it and visit Napa Valley.

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

I’m so excited to visit Big Sur, as I’ve never been and have always wanted to go – all of the photos look absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous! I hope it lives up to its expectations 😉

It’ll also be nice to go to a wedding and not “take notes.” If you’ve ever planned a wedding before, you know what I’m talking about – you soak everything in and enjoy your friends’ special day while also covertly snapping pics and uploading to Pinterest.

For the past year, every time I’ve gone to a wedding, I’ve picked up something to incorporate in my wedding – from custom cocktail napkins to floral decorations.

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

Alas, I’m really looking forward to fully enjoying this wedding, see my friends I haven’t seen since the wedding and of course, have fun in Napa Valley (as newlyweds!!!)

This will be my fourth time to Napa and I feel like I’m still a newbie! There are just so many wineries to see, so many things to do and so much great food to eat, it’s overwhelming! It’s such a stunning place and the people are so friendly (a reflection of truly loving where they live and what they do!)

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

In the meantime, Meaghan will be helping me out while I have limited access to e-mail, so if you need to get ahold of me regarding something urgent, send your inquiries her way (

Don’t worry, the recipes will keep on keepin’ on! Today, I’m using leftover shredded chicken from yesterday’s recipe and using my favorite bottled BBQ sauce – Matty’s BBQ Sauce from Tessemae’s (it’s insanely good.)

This recipe is quick, easy, has great flavors and saves well in the refrigerator.

BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

Plus, we’re using patty pan squash for the first time this year! Patty pan squashes are a variety of summer squash that have their own nice delicate flavor. One of the reasons why I don’t often spiralize patty pan squashes is because they are very delicate and easily break apart in the pan – so don’t be alarmed when that happens.

If you can’t find patty pan or want to avoid crumbly noodles, don’t cook them (leave them raw) OR substitute in our favorite: zucchini noodles!

Now, it’s off to visit those vineyards! Wish me luck!

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 8 points


BBQ Shredded Chicken and Squash Noodle Bowls with Avocado-Cilantro Mash

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 2


  • For the chicken:
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup favorite BBQ sauce I use Tessemae’s Matty’s BBQ Sauce
  • For the pasta:
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 medium yellow patty pan squashes Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • For the avocado mash:
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted, insides cubed and lightly mashed with a fork
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the chicken breast into a medium saucepan and pour in enough water to cover. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil, and simmer until the thickest part of the breast meat is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and then shred the chicken, using two forks. Transfer the shredded chicken to a medium mixing bowl.
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine all of the ingredients for the avocado mash into a bowl and mix together until avocado is chunky-smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • A few minutes before the chicken is done, place a small pot over medium heat and add in the BBQ sauce, cooking until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the heated BBQ sauce into the bowl with the chicken and stir until chicken is coated in the sauce. Set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Then, add in the squash noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes or until al dente (or cooked to your preference.)
  • Plate the squash noodles into two bowls and top with chicken and avocado mash.


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If you love Napa you should DEFF check out Woodinville in Washington state! its a little more small town (personally I find it to be a little less snobby and way more reasonably priced) and the people are sooo nice - plus the wine is top notch. let me know if you ever want to take a trip there as an offshoot of Seattle and I can give you some stellar recommendations!
Shelbi says:
I ran the Big Sur marathon in April and let me tell you it was absolutely breathtaking and without question the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It was one of the hardest courses, but the picturesque views more than made up for it. Enjoy it!
Natalie says:
I have a recipe that I use that is very similar...I serve my BBQ chicken over zucchini and top with baked beans and coleslaw--YUM!!
Suzanne says:
Ali: this recipe sounds soooo good! I'm trying it out this weekend! Enjoy a relaxing time in Napa with Lu and all of your friends!
Irma Herrera says:
Time permitting check out Bottega Restaurant, Michael Chiarello's Restaurant in Yountville. The Polenta Under Glass is divine as is everything else I've ever had there. Enjoy our beautiful California Valleys) (Napa, Carmel) and yes, Big Sur is a very special place.
Shelbi says:
I second that Irma! It was unlike anything I'd ever eaten before! Also the short rib burger changed my life :-P
Susan S says:
Love your recipes. Bought your book , ready to go. spirilizing. Is it possible to include a photo of the finished dish in your recipe print mode? An inspiration photo when I am going through the recipes to decide on what to make. Thanks, Have a great weekend. Susan
Omg! I feel like I say this every time but I need to make this!
LynnMarie says:
Have never heard of nor seen patty pan squash! Please post a picture of it!
Katie says:
I made this last night but added fresh Jersey corn. I used zoodles because, well, zoodles. I also used Trader Joes Sriarcha BBQ sauce which is THE BOMB! Thanks for the amazing dinner inspiration!
Ali Maffucci says:
You're so sweet, Katie!! Thanks - we need to have an adult sleepover and make something spiralized, for sure!
Dee says:
What do you use if can't find patty pan squashes? I like what you do in your cookbook when you put down works with and then you list what it is. Which is very helpful when you can't find a particular item.
Christina says:
This sounds so good and so easy - making it tonight! :)

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