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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Best Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is a very easy and hearty dinner. Loaded with chicken, veggies, spaghetti, lots of cheddar cheese and baked in a mushroom sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 703 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2-2.5 lbs boneless-skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1 lb 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
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9x13 inched baking dish or large casserole pan 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. Do NOT discard the water from the pot, but remove chicken from liquid and transfer to a large bowl and shred.

Cook Spaghetti:

  1. In the meantime add spaghetti to the 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, as they will be cooking in the oven as well.

  2. In the meantime chop and dice the veggies for the recipe.
  3. 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, diced bell peppers, poultry seasoning, dried thyme, dried rosemary and red pepper flakes. 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 or casserole pan.

Buttery Cracker Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs with melted butter, until well blended.

Baking:

  1. Spread the crumb mixture on top of the casserole.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Distribute evenly.

  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is fully melted.
Nutrition Facts
Best Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 703 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 171mg57%
Sodium 1579mg69%
Potassium 830mg24%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 920IU18%
Vitamin C 28.7mg35%
Calcium 454mg45%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.