Monday, May 11, 2009

Chicken and Spaghetti Casserole

A well loved casserole dish, this chicken and spaghetti casserole made with chicken, cream soup, onion, garlic and diced tomato, is loaded with cheesy goodness.

Chicken and Spaghetti Casserole

Now in all fairness, I know that this recipe is representative of what most folks think of when they think of chicken spaghetti. I really don't consider this to be a true "chicken spaghetti," since my Grandma - Grandma Mac of the pound cake fame - made a killer chicken spaghetti that was my all time favorite dish. Her chicken spaghetti was made with a whole hen and a red sauce similar to a beef based spaghetti, it was not baked, and it contained no cheese whatsoever.

I'm sure that everybody has a recipe similar to this, so there's nothing really unique about this one. Still, it's pretty quick to throw together and very tasty. As always, mixed chicken works best, but use whatever you have on hand.  A great dish to make use of a deli rotisserie chicken when you're in a time crunch.


Here's how to make it.

Recipe: Chicken and Spaghetti Casserole

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 50 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of angel hair, thin vermicelli or very thin spaghetti noodles
  • 3 cups of chopped, cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup of finely minced onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced fine
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can of condensed cream of chicken soup (like Campbell's)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups of chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then generously salt. Break noodles into thirds, and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse; set aside.

Saute the onion and garlic in butter. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken soup, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and chicken stock; stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Add the chicken and noodles, mix well, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Turn out into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly. Last 5 minutes of cooking, uncover, top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven uncovered, just until cheese has melted.

Tex-Mex Chicken Spaghetti: Substitute one (10 ounce) can of Rotel diced tomatoes, undrained for the regular diced tomatoes, omit the cream soup and substitute one (10 ounce) enchilada sauce, plus one (8 ounce) tomato sauce.

Cook's Notes: For a skillet meal, prepare as above, stirring in the cooked spaghetti. Top with cheese, cover and let rest until cheese has melted. Velveeta cheese may be substituted. If you are boiling a fresh chicken to make this dish, reserve the broth to boil the pasta. Add-ins ideas include one small jar of chopped pimentos, drained, one small carton of mushrooms, chopped, and chopped green bell pepper, sauteed with the onion and garlic. May also use Rotel in the regular version.

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32 comments:

  1. As usual Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Hope you had a great Mother's Day. I agree that every house looked the same in the 70's.

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  2. I've never had a chicken and spaghetti casserole like this one. It sounds rich and yummy. My husband isn't a chicken fan, but I think he would even like this.

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  3. I haven't seen a recipe like that before. The Worchestershire sauce is going to make it tasty, I can just tell!

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  4. look at that cheese on top! YOu got me with that one! :)

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  5. yummmmmmm...........hope you had a good weekend!!!

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  6. lOOKS NICE AND FATTENING- JUST THE WAY I LIKE MY FOOD!

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  7. Yummy!

    Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!

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  8. It is definitely different to the other recipes I've seen and that is a good thing! It has made me hungry :)

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  9. Thanks Ben! I just love the simplicity of casseroles and they are just downright comfort food ya know?! I don't even mind cranking up the oven with the heat - just turn the air down some more LOL! Thanks for stopping by and takin' the time to comment!

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  10. Seriously big YUM!!!! My family would devour this in no time flat!

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  11. Thanks Katherine - doesn't last long around here either. Hubs will usually finish off the entire casserole in no time!

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  12. what at great spin on two of the most used dishes in our pad.. pasta and chicken! Thanks for being a good SITSta and stopping by The Nuggets today. Come back often, I'll do the same:-)

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  13. Sure will! I've met some wonderful bloggers just by visiting blogs off of roll call.

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  14. I have lost my Mothers recipe for Chicken Spaghetti ! This is close but we used a small bottle of ketchup or small bottle of chili sauce ! So rich you knew your arteries were closing ! LOL I would love to make it one more time for memories and then use this one to eat and enjoy ! Thanks for all you do for us, the recipes are so good ! Brenda

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  15. Hi Brenda! Thanks so much. I do have a tomato version of a homemade chicken spaghetti on the blog here too. It's patterned after my grandma's chicken spaghetti, but it uses fresh (or canned out of season) tomatoes for a fresh tomato sauce. I've not heard of adding ketchup or chili sauce to the cheesy casserole version before - would love to try that!

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  16. I used to make a casserole similar to this years ago and then it just disappeared off my radar screen. I made it again this Christmas Eve for our dinner along with the layered vegetable salad that has been around for years and is making a comeback. I used mushroom soup instead of chicken and Parmesan cheese in addition to cheddar. Thanks for reminding me of this good dish.

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  17. Hi Jackie! You're welcome. I am determined to bring back some of the oldies and classics. When I first posted 7 Layer Salad here at my blog nobody was making it anymore. Now I see it popping back up and I am thrilled. It is one of the most popular recipes on my site!! Maybe in some small way, I was little bitty part of bringing it back. ;)

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    1. This was my favorite dish at church functions in North Louisiana. They always used rotel and velveeta cheese ,so good.

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    2. This was my favorite dish at church functions in North Louisiana. They always used rotel and velveeta cheese ,so good.

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    3. It's a great casserole isn't it Tracy & I love the velveeta and rotel variation myself! You know I had to include that too so it's there in the recipe notes.

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  18. I can't believe I'm 50-something and had never tried this casserole before, since, foodwise, I thought I'd been around long enough to have tried most traditional dishes! It's easy to put together and the ingredients meld so nicely.
    My Mom died a few weeks ago and I was leafing through her old church-published cookbooks she used when I was growing up in Missouri, and there were recipes for chicken spagetti casserole in her local cookbooks - most published in the 60s & 70s, so I'm surprised she never got around to fixing it for us since it's so simple...my Dad wasn't much for pasta, so maybe that's why...I wish I could ask her.
    I noticed that most of the chicken spagetti recipes in the older church cookbooks were for the whole chicken style like you mentioned your Grandma made -I'll have to try that recipe too someday....

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    1. Oh mercy, this one is good, but I LOVE Grandma's the most!!

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  19. HELP! My son cannot eat tomatoes :( Anyone have a suggestion for a tasty replacement? THANKS!

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    1. You can just leave them out and bump up the soup to two cans. If you are looking to add additional nutrition & flavor, I'd maybe try a little pureed roasted red peppers, or some pesto or green salsa though the color might be off putting.

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  20. i only have cream of mushroom soup on hand, would that be okay or is there a better substitute for the cream of chicken?

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    1. For this I usually do the chicken but cream of mushroom would be pretty good too!

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  21. This was delicious! Even the kids enjoyed it. Thank you :-)

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    1. Thanks Amy! It's an oldie but goodie. Glad the kids enjoyed it!

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    1. Hi Kim! It's really a very simple & standard casserole, but it's mighty yummy!

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