Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Baked Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is an easy family-friendly comfort food recipe. Tasty chicken and pasta casserole baked in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.

Baked Spaghetti is one of our most loved kid-friendly casserole dinners. This creamy chicken spaghetti is another easy Italian-American Dish perfect for potlucks, weeknight dinners, and make-ahead freezer meals.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti in scoop

BAKED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI

Baked Chicken Spaghetti is a quick and easy family-friendly casserole dish that is prepared and ready to serve in just one hour. It’s great for prepping ahead for potlucks or parties, all you need to do is pop it in the oven to bake the day you need to serve it. You can even make this Chicken Spaghetti in the slow cooker. However you make Baked Chicken Spaghetti, it’s sure be a new favorite go-to dinner recipe for busy nights!

This Baked Chicken Spaghetti recipe is made with real cheddar cheese, instead of processed cheese like Velveeta. It’s a semi-homemade recipe, using condensed chicken soup to save time to make an easy, creamy cheese sauce. You can substitute our Homemade Condensed Chicken Soup if you want to make this dish completely from scratch.

Serve Baked Chicken Spaghetti with quick sides like Roasted Broccoli and Garlic Bread (make it cheesy!) for an easy Italian dinner. Feed a crowd with by serving as side dish or doubling this Chicken Spaghetti recipe for potlucks or holiday parties. This Baked Chicken Spaghetti casserole is an easy go-to recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers like Baked Ham or Roast Turkey.

MORE EASY ITALIAN PASTA DISHES

MAKE AHEAD BAKED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI

Prepare and assemble Chicken Spaghetti according to the recipe card up until the baking part.

Make-Ahead Refrigerator Instructions: Fill baking dish with pasta mixture. Cover casserole dish with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. Remove plastic wrap and re-cover with foil to bake. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, then uncover and finish cooking for 10-15 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Make-Ahead Freezer Instructions: Line your baking dish with parchment paper before filling with pasta. Freeze until solid and use parchment to pop frozen pasta out. Place in an extra large freezer safe bag. Freeze up to 4 months. To cook, place pasta back into casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, remove foil and cook another 10 minutes until heated through.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti before baking

VARIATIONS ON BAKED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI

  • Meat: Instead of cooking the chicken the same night, use pre-cooked chicken like Rotisserie Chicken or canned chicken. Try last night’s leftover Taco Meat, ground beef, or shredded pork instead of chicken too!
  • Pasta: You can use most other pastas instead of spaghetti. Thin noodle pastas like linguine or fettucinni pasta are great substitutes, but you can also use pastas like ziti, penne, or rotini pasta. Cook the pasta to just shy of al dente, about 1-2 minutes less than package instructions.
  • Cheese:  Use Velveeta cheese, American cheese, mozzarella cheese, Swiss cheese, or Monterey jack cheese in your cheese sauce. For an extra cheesy dish, top with shredded cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted. Serve with shaved parmesan cheese.
  • Tomato: For Baked Tomato Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, add a can of Rotel tomatoes (or other diced tomatoes). You can use spicy or medium Rotel tomatoes to add heat. Try Rotel with lime and add Taco Seasoning to make this a Southwest Baked Chicken Spaghetti!
  • Veggies: For a healthier casserole, add fresh or frozen veggies like red or green peppers, peas, mushrooms, onions, spinach, or corn. If you use fresh veggies like onions or bell peppers, sauté them first in olive oil for more flavor!
  • Soup: You can use Cream of Mushroom Soup or Celery Soup instead of the chicken soup. Swap out the shredded cheese with 1 can of Cheddar Cheese Soup.
  • Sauce: Make the sauce creamier with sour cream or mayonnaise added at the end, or use sour cream instead of cream cheese. Add seasonings like Italian seasoning or dried herbs, or use garlic powder in place of minced garlic.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti after baking

Slow Cooker Chicken Spaghetti

  • Spray your crockpot insert with cooking spray.
  • Add the sauce ingredients: chicken soup, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and minced garlic to the pot and stir.
  • Nestle chicken breasts in the sauce and cover slow cooker with lid.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
  • During last 30 minute of cooking, prepare spaghetti pasta according to the package directions for al dente.
  • Once chicken is cooked, remove and chop into bite sized pieces, or shred with forks.
  • Return chicken to slow cooker and add spaghetti. Toss gently until well combined and serve.
  • Optional: Top with 1 cup shredded cheese after spaghetti and chicken are mixed in. Cover with lid and cook on low until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

MORE FUN FAMILY FAVORITE RECIPES

HOW TO STORE BAKED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI

  • Serve: Chicken Spaghetti is best served fresh and hot from the oven. Keep at room temperature for up to 2 hours and cool before storing.
  • Store: Once cooled, cover Chicken Spaghetti tightly with plastic wrap or transfer to an air tight container. Reheat in the oven or microwave, adding a little chicken broth if it has dried out.
  • Freeze: Cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing Chicken Spaghetti for up to 4 months. Reheat from frozen if your pan is metal, or if baking dish is glass thaw in refrigerator first.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti in baking pan with spoon

Pin this recipe now to remember it later

Pin Recipe

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Baked Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is an easy family-friendly comfort food recipe. Tasty chicken and pasta casserole baked in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American-Italian
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound spaghetti , cooked 1 minute shy of package instructions
  • 10.75 ounces condensed chicken soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 chicken breasts , cooked and chopped

Instructions

  • Cook pasta to al dente, just one minute shy of package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together chicken soup, chicken broth, cream cheese cheddar cheese, and minced garlic, stirring occasionally, until combined.
  • Gently toss chicken, cooked pasta and sauce until well combined.
  • Pour the chicken spaghetti mixture into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until top is slightly crispy.

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 847mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 517IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Baked Chicken Spaghetti collage

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

Dinner, then Dessert, Inc. owns the copyright on all images and text and does not allow for its original recipes and pictures to be reproduced anywhere other than at this site unless authorization is given. If you enjoyed the recipe and would like to publish it on your own site, please re-write it in your own words, and link back to my site and recipe page. Read my disclosure and copyright policy. This post may contain affiliate links.

Categories

Leave a comment & rating

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  1. This is one of the nicest chicken recipes I have ever made & I’m not usually keen on pasta
    thank you for this recipe – yummy

  2. Chicken spaghetti is one of our favorites!! It’s a nice change from regular spaghetti. Baking it gives that nice crust on top!