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Crack Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is so delicious and addictive! Imagine your favorite creamy spaghetti pasta baked and loaded with the heavenly combination of chicken, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon pieces. #casserole #pastabake #crackchicken #chickenrecipes #sweetandsavorymeals

Crack Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Crack Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is pasta baked and loaded with the heavenly combination of chicken, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon pieces.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 962 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless-skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast
  • 16 bacon slices cooked and chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth or reserved liquid from cooking the chicken
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 8 ounces baby Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 oz packet Ranch seasoning mix
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs I used Ritz crackers
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9x13 inched baking dish with butter or a drizzle of oil, set aside.

Cook Chicken:

  1. Add chicken thighs or chicken breasts to a medium-large pot and cover entirely with water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover with a lid.
  3. Depending on the size, boil chicken for 15-25 minutes. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer, when inserted in the thickest part of the meat, it should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Remove chicken from liquid and transfer to a large bowl and shred using two forks.

Cook Spaghetti:

  1. In the meantime add spaghetti to a pot with water, if needed break them in half. Add a drizzle of oil, and stir. Cook per package instructions, aiming for al dente, or 1-2 minutes shy from what the package cooking time suggests.
  2. Once pasta is cooked, reserve 2 cups of cooking liquid and discard the rest. Drain the pasta.

Assemble:

  1. To the large bowl with shredded chicken add cooked spaghetti, condensed cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, grated cheese, diced onion, garlic, sliced mushrooms, Ranch seasoning, and half of the bacon. Stir to combine.
  2. Add 1 cup of broth or reserved cooking liquid and adjust for salt and pepper. If the mixture needs more liquid, add the remaining 1 cup and stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, distribute it evenly.

Buttery Cracker Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs with melted butter, until well blended.
  2. Spread the crumb mixture on top of the casserole. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Distribute evenly.
  3. Add the remaining bacon.

Baking:

  1. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is fully melted.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Crack Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 962 Calories from Fat 594
% Daily Value*
Fat 66g102%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 275mg92%
Sodium 1518mg66%
Potassium 1028mg29%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 66g132%
Vitamin A 1023IU20%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 494mg49%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.