Baked Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
30 min 30 min 8
Baked Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
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2 cup shredded Chicken breast, boneless, skinless, grilled (about 1 lb)
3/4 cup White onion
1/4 cup chopped Red bell pepper (can use yellow, orange, green)
1/4 cup chopped Carrots
1/4 cup diced Celery
1/4 cup pieces White mushrooms (can use other mushrooms)
1 clove(s) Garlic (chopped)
4 tbsp Butter, unsalted
1/4 cup All-purpose white flour
1 1/2 can (15oz) Chicken broth (stock), low sodium
1/2 cup Cream, half and half, 10% M.F.
1 cup, shredded Cheddar cheese (about 6 oz in the dish and 2 for the topping)
227 gm Spaghetti, dry (cooked al dented and drained)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs (buttered)
1 can (4oz) Green chiles, canned (chopped)
1 medium Tomato (chopped)
1 pinch Salt (to taste)
1 dash Black pepper (to taste)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

First, season and cook the chicken. I use Johnny’s Seasoning Salt, but a little salt and pepper is fine, instead. Pan grill the chicken (or cook in a non-stick skillet) until cooked through. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes and then chop it up into small pieces.

Melt the butter in a sauté pan. When the butter has melted, add all of the chopped vegetables, onion and garlic and sauté until tender. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for another minute or two, stirring constantly. Add the chicken broth and continue to stir until a thick sauce has formed. Add the Half & Half and stir until combined. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chiles and 6 ounces of the cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Add the chopped chicken and stir. Now, taste this sauce and add salt and pepper. It will need it. We have used low sodium broth and we are not using canned cream soups which typically add a lot of sodium. You will need to season at this point. Seriously, taste it.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in boiling water until al dente and then drain the spaghetti.

If you have room in the sauté pan, add the noodles. I usually end up transferring the sauce to the emptied noodle pot and then add the noodles back in with the sauce. Regardless, add the noodles to the sauce and stir to incorporate the sauce and vegetables into the noodles. This takes a little doing, but keep stirring or re-arranging with tongs until the vegetables and chicken are well distributed. Transfer the Chicken Spaghetti to a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

In a small bowl, combine 1 Tablespoon of melted butter and ½ cup of Panko crumbs. Season with seasoning salt, or regular salt. Distribute the remaining cheddar cheese on top of the chicken spaghetti and then sprinkle the Panko on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Allow the casserole to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 370
Calories from fat 143
Calories from saturated fat 74
Total Fat 15.9 g
Saturated Fat 8.3 g
Trans Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.9 g
Cholesterol 92 mg
Sodium 315 mg
Potassium 426 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Sugars 3.3 g
Protein 24.4 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 1.5
Meat 0.7
Milk Alternative 0.3
Vegetables 0.7

Energy sources