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Meals under $1.25: Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Updated on May 12, 2012


Growing up on a farm, I ate a lot of chicken. We also ate quite a bit of spaghetti with beef meatballs. But I never had chicken spaghetti until I was well into my twenties. Well, I'm here to tell you, I was missing out. Chicken spaghetti is good stuff!

When I make spaghetti dishes I always break the spaghetti into shorter pieces. I know it takes all the fun out of it, but I get tired of wearing spaghetti sauce. I would much rather eat it. So if you have also advanced to the point where you no longer want to wear your spaghetti sauce, you might consider breaking your spaghetti into thirds or fourths also.

Let's look at our recipe.

Have one 1 portion of chicken, from hub, Building Meals Under $1.25: Using 10 Pounds Chicken in 5 Recipes to Make 26 Servings, ready for use to make your meal, or use 2 cups chopped cooked chicken. The recipe will serve 6 easily.

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2 oz pimentoes, drained
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 10.5 oz cream of mushroom soup
  • two cups chopped cooked chicken, or 1 portion of chicken prepared as indicated above (Chef's Note: You can also use 2 cups cups chopped Cloverleaf's Rotisserie Chicken.)
  • 8 oz spaghetti, broken
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated cheese, sharp cheddar

Gather Ingredients
Gather Ingredients



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Gather together the ingredients you will need.

Chopped Onions and Celery
Chopped Onions and Celery



Chop onions and celery. If the celery stalk has leaves, I include those also.


Heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions and celery, and saute until onion becomes transluscent and starts to brown along the ends. Remove from heat.

Add drained olives and pimentoes, stir together.


Add cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, chopped chicken, and spaghetti to onion and celery mixture. Mix together well.

Pour into casserole dish.






Top evenly with grated cheese.

Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Chicken Spaghetti
Chicken Spaghetti

Remove from oven and enjoy!



Cost Analysis:

  • 2 T. olive oil = .06 / serving
  • 3 stalks celery = .05 / serving
  • 1 medium onion = .08 / serving
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives = .10 / serving
  • 2 oz pimentoes = .10 / serving
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup = .19 / serving
  • 10.5 oz cream of mushroom soup = .14 / serving
  • 1 portion of chicken = .20 / serving
  • 8 oz spaghetti = .11 / serving
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated cheese, sharp cheddar = .18
  • Total cost per serving = $1.21 for each of 6 servings


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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Very, very nice, homesteadbound. How did you know my hubby is sick of spaghetti and meatballs? I think your recipe would be a terrific change. He will never know once I break the spaghetti up, will he? Voted up, useful, interesting, and AWESOME for a much-need change of pace.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Hello Arlene - I am making spagetti tomorrow, but instead of meatballs I am going to use smoked sausage cut up. Yummy! I use lots of different pastas even when making "spaghetti". Some of them hold onto the sauce alot better than spaghetti does. Elbows are good, but I like the bowties and the zitti also. Let me know how y'all like it! Thanks for visiting lil' ol' me!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I do enjoy using different pasta, too. That's another thought when I go shopping this weekend. I still find it hard cooking for two.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Arlene - when I make this and some of the other things, I put half in a container of ziplock bag and freeze them for the future. Keeps us from getting burned out on something, and it makes cooking easier in the future. And on something like the chicken spaghetti, you can put it in the freezer after mixing it all together and wait to put on the cheese and the baking until you are ready to eat it. Makes cooking for two a whole lot easier.

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      S G Hupp 5 years ago from United States

      This sounds tasty and I'm all about inexpensive and freezer friendly so I'll give it a try. Thanks!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Yum! Our tummies and our budgets will love this one:)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      SGHupp - I hope you enjoy it. Come back and let me know what you thought! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's another new one for me, this will make a great change to beef, the photos are fantastic!

      Voting up, best wishes MM

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      DonnaCosmato - I hope you do enjoy. Let me know what yoou think when you try it. Thanks!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Movie Master - I'm happy that I'm able to introduce you to some new foods. It's never fun to eat the same things over and over again. And it let's me know that I'm not wasting my time, and yours, publishing recipes that everyone already has.

      By the way, your interview turned out fantastic! Great job!

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      One Word: WOW! This looks sooo delicious!!!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      stephaniedas - One Word: Cheese! Creamy melted cheese always looks good! LOL

      I hope you have a chance to try it. It was my second favorite in the 5 recipes that are featured in this group. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try it! Thanks!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      up, useful, and awesome my dear friend:) You have really built a great collection of these easy on the wallet recipes. These dishes also look great by the way. They all are well presented and I know you have put some hard work in. I commend you for that. A job well done! Take care and have a good weekend my dear.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      thelyricwriter - thank you so much! I am happy to be able to try and help in our difficult economy. But it was davenmidtown's idea really. I just get to do the cooking. He was the brainchild on this one. you have a good weekend also. Thanks.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for interviewing me, I enjoyed it - great fun!

      Have a great weekend! MM

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      MM - it was a pleasure!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      This looks very good and I love how you break down the cost per person. It's cheaper than fast food! But, I have to say, I am not sure my Italian roots will allow me to call this spaghetti; maybe we can call it cheddar chicken pasta. And homesteadbound, you must just learn to twirl the full-length spaghetti around your fork :) I guess that's not a Texas-thing. HaHa. You made me laugh and hungry. Voting up and useful!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      ktrapp - I can see where your Italian roots would not want to call this spaghetti. You can call it what you want and it still tastes good! LOL

      I have used a spoon and done the twirling thing, but the celery, olives, and onions just don't twirl so well. Plus this sauce is a little thicker and stickier than a traditional sauce. I'm not even sure you could consider this to be a sauce.

      But twirling pasta is probably not a Texas thing...LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Oh, now I see the problem, you're not actually twirling spaghetti in the traditional sense :) It does look really good. I am so hungry at the moment, that I wish I had a plate of it in front of me. I seriously wish I could hire you and/or cloverleaf to come cook for me for a week or so.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I would love to if you didn't live so far away. Cloverleaf may actually live closer. Maybe you can talk her into it! LOL

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      5 years ago

      Voted up.

      Yes, well anything to do with spaghetti is simple and easy (and I like it a lot).

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - it helps the meat to stretch further also, making the meal less expensive.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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